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10 new employee survey questions to ask during COVID period

“There are no right answers to the wrong questions” This is an indisputable truth, surely? Regardless, this is certainly true of employee engagement surveys. Asking the most relevant questions has always been important but it is particularly so right now with the employee experience (and much more besides) having been turned on its head by COVID-19. So, how should you respond? To help you, we’ve looked at what other organisations are doing with their surveys and delved into some new employee survey...

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Why a feedback culture is worth its weight in gold

I’d guess that almost all companies are currently going through some form of organisational change. It is a supremely challenging time. But what if there was something every one of us could do at work to help? That could bring huge benefits to both our organisation and people… And what if it was totally free too? Seems a no-brainer, right? And yet the thing in question – feedback – still doesn’t flow freely in many organisations. We know from our own...

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A definitive guide to employee engagement survey communications

Whether it is more regular pulses or an annual employee engagement survey, it is always a big undertaking for organisation. And an essential element to get right is communications. Without clear communication throughout, even the best of surveys will likely fail to yield the desired outcomes. Having been involved in the planning, running and follow up of hundreds (or maybe thousands) of engagement surveys for our clients, we know what works. And what doesn’t. In this guide we’ll set out advice,...

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Spotlight on: Employee experience in the housing sector

In this report we explore what’s key to improving the employee experience of people working in the housing sector. Our team has analysed our engagement survey housing data and compared it with our other industries to reveal some eye-opening differences, things to celebrate and a couple of notable areas to address in leadership comms and enablement. The housing sector is an area ETS has worked extensively in over recent years. Partnering with the likes of Clarion Housing, Guinness Partnership, First Ark (now...

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Are diversity stats papering over inclusion cracks?

Diverse teams are good for business – that much is abundantly clear. McKinsey found that companies with diverse executive teams are 33 percent more likely to outperform their peers on profitability. Pretty compelling. But herein lies the problem – focusing too much on diversity statistics might be a distracting measurement. It’s a bit like going on a diet of unhealthy, low calorie snacks. On the outside, everything looks good but who knows what is happening on the inside? It is distracting,...