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POPin Integrates with Microsoft Teams
POPin Integrates with Microsoft TeamsIrvine, CA: POPin, a collaboration platform for leaders and executives designed to help drive organizational alignment through anonymous forums and conversation, today announced that they have integrated its collaboration app with Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is the hub for teamwork in Microsoft Office 365, providing communication via chat, meetings & calling. By leveraging POPin, business leaders will be able to solicit candid and anonymous feedback that builds trust, exposes confusion and fosters engagement among employees – within the Microsoft Teams environment. In particular, Microsoft Teams users will enjoy the convenience of real-time anonymous chat sessions that feature winning ideas and comments from POPin sessions within Microsoft Teams to drive better organizational alignment and improve initiative success management. “Employees today need more than basic organizational functions such as email and calendaring software to stay organized and connected,” said Brian Anderson, CMO of POPin. “The continued growth and adoption of Microsoft Teams in the enterprise is redefining the digital workplace by leveraging an innovative ecosystem of tools that drive better collaboration.”
POPin Announces Integration with Microsoft Teams to Transform Enterprise Collaboration
POPin Announces Integration with Microsoft Teams to Transform Enterprise CollaborationIrvine, CA – September 18, 2018 – POPin, a collaboration platform for leaders and executives designed to help drive organizational alignment through anonymous forums and conversation, today announced that they have integrated its collaboration app with Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is the hub for teamwork in Microsoft Office 365, providing communication via chat, meetings & calling. By leveraging POPin, business leaders will be able to solicit candid and anonymous feedback that builds trust, exposes confusion and fosters engagement among employees – within the Microsoft Teams environment. In particular, Microsoft Teams users will enjoy the convenience of real time anonymous chat sessions that feature winning ideas and comments from POPin sessions within Microsoft Teams to drive better organizational alignment and improve initiative success management. “Employees today need more than basic organizational functions such as email and calendaring software to stay organized and connected,” said Brian Anderson, CMO of POPin. “The continued growth and adoption of Microsoft Teams in the enterprise is redefining the digital workplace by leveraging an innovative ecosystem of tools that drive better collaboration.” Mike Ammerlaan, director, Microsoft Office 365 Ecosystem at Microsoft Corp. added, “The POPin integration with Microsoft Teams will provide a valuable collaboration tool to help improve employee engagement throughout a company. We’re pleased to work with POPin to offer a useful framework for our users to solicit candid feedback and drive organizational alignment.”. According to Gartner, “Digital transformation is about more than technology alone. Success in the digital age means identifying opportunities, prioritizing investments and even adjusting business models, as well as ensuring that the workforce is able and willing to embrace an equally disruptive transformation in the workplace. Investing in technologies such as cloud office or self-service business intelligence will be ineffective if the workforce is not able and willing to use them to ask the right questions, collaborate to make the right decisions, and generally make them a natural part of everyday work.” Gartner, Inc., Digital Workplace Program Primer for 2018, Nikos Drakos, January 18, 2018. With POPin, business leaders leverage a host of innovative tools.
- Voice of employees – POPin gives leaders a proven tool to efficiently and safely uncover the voice of employees to build trust, provide clarity and develop employee buy-in on key initiatives.
- Anonymous crowdsourcing – POPin helps solicit honest feedback from teams within an organization by asking them to participate in an anonymous, single focused question. Participants are able to respond to questions and interact with each other’s answers with votes and comments.
- Comprehensive analysis, reports – Leaders have a full view of an organizations’ POPin usage with the ability to chat about results and share information with specific individuals and teams – all within the Microsoft Teams environment.
- POPin for Microsoft Teams: https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/apps
- To get the new Microsoft Teams POPin app: https://www.popinnow.com/redirect/?source=pressrelease&t=msteams&tid=0
Deploying Data to Drive Decisions
Deploying Data to Drive DecisionsLIKE MANY UNDERGRADUATE programs, Pitt Business has long collected data on student outcomes, educational programs, student perceptions, employer engagement, and recruitment efforts. But until recently we did not fully understand how we could leverage that data to advance our mission and contribute to knowledge within business education. We began asking some probing questions: What is the difference between big data and “good” data? How can we make smarter decisions once we gain good data? How can data be used not only to evaluate outcomes, but also to drive program improvements? How should we communicate data outcomes to inform and engage key stakeholders? As a result of trying to answer these and many other questions, we have learned four lessons that help us better understand educational outcomes through strategic data analytics. Big data—or lots of data—does not mean good data.We first developed clarity on what knowledge we wanted to gain and what data would ultimately help us answer key questions. Our initial goal was to make sure that knowledge was driving data analytics, not the reverse. Thus, we held discussions with staff teams to isolate critical questions; we also emphasized the idea that any data we collected should produce knowledge that would be useful given our strategic goals. This simple first step caused us to be very intentional about data collection.
3 Keys To Improving Your Team Dynamics With Crowdsourcing
3 Keys To Improving Your Team Dynamics With CrowdsourcingGreat leadership tactics may include management by walking around and the monthly coffee meetings with the CEO to try to get real conversations going at various levels of your organization. The goals here are usually to promote communication and gain an understanding of employee needs, in addition to cultivating higher productivity and, in turn, profitability. But not all methods of communication are perfect. Some, like employee surveys, stand to be updated. I’m sure you have taken a survey (or 10 or 100) yourself by now, so you know that the typical respondent often feels like they are taking a test in complete isolation, and only the leader will see the results. As a leader creating a survey, you may try for objectivity, but typically, your preset answers lead the respondents to the result you are expecting.
A Leader’s Cautionary Tale: Town Halls
A Leader’s Cautionary Tale: Town HallsTown hall meetings harken back to colonial times when political leaders incited the American Revolution by bringing together citizens to discuss issues of taxation without representation. Business leaders have long since cooped the concept in order to periodically address the entire organization for issues ranging from general business updates to dealing with massive (usually negative) change. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review notes that a leader’s time is exceedingly limited, and the scope of their work is vast. This includes agendas, organizational levels and external issues. In this modern business reality, it is critical for leaders to ensure that their messages are effectively communicated, heard and understood by all of their constituents.
Way Beyond Intranet: What’s New in the Digital Workplace?
Way Beyond Intranet: What’s New in the Digital Workplace?Sometimes we use words so frequently, they begin to lose sharpness of meaning. The word “collaboration” has become one such buzzword in enterprise contexts. Broken down, the meaning is simple: co-labor, or working together. But in digitally transforming organizations, the development and execution of productive, synergistic collaboration practices is anything but simple. In the modern corporate environment, there are as many obstacles to reaping the benefits of collaboration as there are helpful tools. Siloed business units and data, inter-departmental competition for resources and recognition, lack of leadership, and unclear objectives are the most obvious. In multinational enterprises, companies reliant on complex supply chains, and industries where remote work is routine, insufficient technology support is often a significant barrier to efficient teamwork and communication. In the last few years, many specialized software solutions have enjoyed widespread adoption by companies and employees seeking more efficient and user-oriented ways of keeping teams in synch. Slack, Skype, Yammer, and Google Hangouts are a few of the more popular options. Many more specific tools exist for collaborating via videoconferencing and working in tandem on documents, designs, and presentations. Ambitious new platforms like Microsoft Teams are being developed to bring it all together, centered around powerful enterprise chat tools, in an effort to enable integrated digital workplaces characterized by conversational experiences.
Experience the Power of Decentralization and Crowdsourcing
Experience the Power of Decentralization and Crowdsourcing
SINGAPORE, LONDON and NEW YORK, June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Crowdsourcing Week (CSW) announces the return of its flagship conference, with a brand new edition of its CSW Global Conference in Washington D.C, on October 24-28th, 2018.
The theme of decentralization will take center-stage at CSW Global 2018 this year, as crowdsourcing continues to positively influence economies and industries worldwide. This will be Crowdsourcing Week’s biggest and boldest global conference yet, with 70+ international speakers from 35 countries taking part at the state of the art Carnegie Institution for Science auditorium. The CSW Global 2018 program will feature interactive sessions, engaging workshops and endless inspirations that will allow the delegates and speakers alike to not only explore latest trends and topics in Innovation, Business, Individuals and Governments, but also, and most importantly, discover how they will affect their business, how to leverage the crowd and how to build crowd strategies for the future and 10x their business. The details of the program can be found here in a preliminary agenda: https://crowdsourcingweek.com/csw-global-2018 CSW Global is proud to partner with leading and global organizations such as Horizon State, C-Suite Network, Tipalti, POPin, heroX, Sourceability, Surcle, H-Farm, Maize and many more for this leading conference on crowdsourcing.
How Communication Affects Productivity in the Workplace
How Communication Affects Productivity in the WorkplaceGood communication is one of the major skills employers look for when hiring new employees. Communicating effectively is absolutely necessary if you want work done well and on time. It also affects trust, both among employees and between workers and management. Getting it right also means you retain your workforce over time. A study showed that companies with good communication practices were more likely to have less employee turnover than others. If you’ve got responsibility for a company, you want to know that communication practices are the best they can be. Have you ever wondered if communication in your office can be improved? Here’s everything you need to know about the effect of communication on productivity in the workplace.
Using Collaborative Crowdsourcing to Give Voice to Diverse Communities
Using Collaborative Crowdsourcing to Give Voice to Diverse CommunitiesUniversities face many critical challenges — student retention, campus safety, curriculum development priorities, alumni engagement and fundraising, and inclusion of diverse populations. In my role as dean of the New York University School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) for the past four years, and in my prior 20 years of employment in senior-level positions within the school and at NYU, I have become intimately familiar with the complexities and the nuances of such multifaceted challenges. For the past two years, one of our top priorities at NYUSPS has been striving to address sensitive issues regarding diversity and inclusion. We saw a need and an opportunity to improve faculty and student perceptions and experiences regarding these critical areas. We are part of NYU, a global research university with campuses in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi and sites around the world. In addition to the diversity of these campuses, the student population of the NYU campus here in New York is incredibly international. And NYUSPS is one of the most diverse schools within the university. While the school’s history dates back nearly 85 years, over the last 24 years, it has grown its graduate programs from 50 students in one masters degree program to more than 3,500 students in 15 applied professional masters degree programs. The NYUSPS student body is over 50 percent international, with students representing nearly 200 countries. As a result of our commitment to alternative pathways and providing access to affordable education, age, income levels and diversity all must be considered when pursuing a sense of inclusivity for all students.
Benefits of crowdsourcing issues and solutions for your organisation
Benefits of crowdsourcing issues and solutions for your organisationMany business owners work every day trying to resolve the common challenges in business. Some challenges include growing revenue, hiring employees, and adhering to government regulations. Instead of coping alone, they can draw upon the benefits of crowdsourcing. One if the biggest challenges relate to employee attrition. Did you know that employees who feel engaged and motivated in their job are 59% less likely to look for a position with a different company within the next 12 months? This statistic highlights how important it is to be aware of employee attrition, to avoid losing your most valuable assets: the human resource. Think about it. If a handful of your best employees decided to leave the company tomorrow, what kind of situation would that put you in? You’d have to do more with fewer resources, in order to keep your current standard of service. Using crowdsourcing technology can be a highly effective way of keeping up with your organization’s pulse, keeping your employees satisfied, and being the best boss that you can be.
Rodan + Fields finds that POPin pays for itself by providing strong feedback loop
Rodan + Fields finds that POPin pays for itself by providing strong feedback loopThe skincare brand explains how POPin’s crowdsourcing tool has helped it maintain a strong feedback loop with its dispersed consultants working in the field. R+F can launch a video to demonstrate a new concept and get meaningful feedback about what worked and what didn’t in real time.
Crowdsourcing Platform POPin 5.0 Drives Employee Engagement Around Company Meetings
Crowdsourcing Platform POPin 5.0 Drives Employee Engagement Around Company MeetingsRedesigned Product Leverages Machine Learning for Next Gen Content Management, Dashboards and Omnichannel User Notification Irvine, CA – March 13, 2018 – POPin, a software platform for leaders and executives designed to help drive organizational alignment, today launched version 5.0 of its crowdsourcing platform. The redesigned platform is aimed at helping business leaders create automated feedback loops around company meetings to solicit candid and anonymous feedback that builds trust, exposes confusion and fosters engagement among employees. POPin is built on an architecture that has grown to include more than 16 interdependently deployable, modular services which operate as unique processes connected via simple well defined APIs. The flexibility of this approach allows the engineering team to pick the best languages and sub-frameworks to solve problems. The platform’s micro services are primarily written in Go and Java with Python used for heavier statistical data lifting and machine learning.
POPin 5.0 Crowdsourcing Platform Drives Employee Engagement Around Company Meetings
POPin 5.0 Crowdsourcing Platform Drives Employee Engagement Around Company MeetingsRedesigned Product Leverages Machine Learning for Next Gen Content Management, Dashboards and Omnichannel User Notification IRVINE, Calif., March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — POPin, a software platform for leaders and executives designed to help drive organizational alignment, today launched version 5.0 of its crowdsourcing platform. The redesigned platform is aimed at helping business leaders create automated feedback loops around company meetings to solicit candid and anonymous feedback that builds trust, exposes confusion and fosters engagement among employees.
POPin 5.0 Crowdsourcing Platform Drives Employee Engagement Around Company Meetings
POPin 5.0 Crowdsourcing Platform Drives Employee Engagement Around Company MeetingsRedesigned Product Leverages Machine Learning for Next Gen Content Management, Dashboards and Omnichannel User Notification Irvine, CA – March 13, 2018 – POPin, a software platform for leaders and executives designed to help drive organizational alignment, today launched version 5.0 of its crowdsourcing platform. The redesigned platform is aimed at helping business leaders create automated feedback loops around company meetings to solicit candid and anonymous feedback that builds trust, exposes confusion and fosters engagement among employees. POPin is built on an architecture that has grown to include more than 16 interdependently deployable, modular services which operate as unique processes connected via simple well defined APIs. The flexibility of this approach allows the engineering team to pick the best languages and sub-frameworks to solve problems. The platform’s micro services are primarily written in Go and Java with Python used for heavier statistical data lifting and machine learning. “In spite of rapid technology advances in communications technology, businesses today continue to face a crisis of organizational alignment and widespread disconnect between management and employees,” said Brian Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer of POPin. “POPin 5.0 makes it easy for leaders to automate candid feedback from employees, especially prior to and after important meetings, to drive better organizational alignment and improve initiative success management.” “One of the keys to the success of POPin is our ability to release significant feature updates regularly without risking stability,” said Jeff Kunzelman, Chief Technology Officer of POPin. “To allow us to innovate at such a rapid rate, POPin has been built on an ever-evolving micro services architecture which leverages the best open source frameworks as well as our own home grown specialty services.” POPin 5.0 leverages the latest features of the popular open-source redis platform in memory data store to provide faster real-time data streams. These streams are used to satisfy the increased demand to calculate dashboard analytics, measure content contributions, notifications and more allowing us to deliver content and analytics to business leaders in real time. “POPin enables SCL Health to engage associates in meaningful dialogue which has a tremendous impact on how we provide superior care, while running a large, complex organization,” said Dave Husted, VP, SCL Health. “As various units within organizations are coming under additional pressure to get more comfortable with continuous change, there is a growing requirement for ways to sustain initiatives and ensure ongoing engagement throughout dispersed teams. Consequently, organizations are just beginning to explore crowd-sourcing as a management tool, and so will increasingly need the software to support the approach,” said Katy Ring, Research Director, IT Services, 451 Group. “Aside from direct enterprise sales, POPin could also think about how the platform might be used to support service providers involved in digital technology deployments, as its platform may well enable more successful delivery of projects for this category of supplier.” Resources:
- Video: Working More Efficiently using POPin at SCL Health. Terri Casterton, Director, Innovation and Virtual Health at SCL Health, talks about how the hospital is working more efficiently using POPin.
- Video: Continuous Improvement at Lutheran Medical using POPin. Noomi Hirsch, Operations Director of Quality and Excellence at Lutheran Medical Center (SCL Health) – explains how the hospital used POPin for continuous improvement.
Crowd-solving the employee retention crisis: Keeping nurses on the job and keeping them happy
Crowd-solving the employee retention crisis: Keeping nurses on the job and keeping them happyNurses are, in many ways, unsung heroes. They serve in one of the noblest professions, but in many healthcare systems they are overworked and underappreciated. In hospital settings, they are at risk of injury and exposure to dangerous pathogens. The National Healthcare Retention and Staffing Report, produced annually by Nursing Solutions, Inc., found that turnover of registered nurses stood at 16.2 percent in 2016. The rate is much higher for Certified Nursing Assistants and in specific departments such as emergency care and behavioral health. Meanwhile, the American Nurses Association (ANA) warns of an ongoing nursing shortage that “isn’t stopping soon.” Many factors contribute to the shortage, chief among them an aging population requiring more services, substance abuses crises, and increasing access to healthcare combined with a strengthening economy. The average RN vacancy rate in hospitals is 8.1 percent. Recruitment, contract labor, and overtime pay are expensive solutions, and not sustainable in the long run.
Use Social, Collaborative Tools to Reinvigorate Your Sales Team
Use Social, Collaborative Tools to Reinvigorate Your Sales TeamMany companies are kicking off 2018 with renewed energy and a fresh sales strategy to promote the latest, most innovative products and features. As this happens, one of the biggest pain points for companies is the length of time it takes to get the sales team ramped up and ready to hit the market. In fact, the transition from “training” to “ready to sell” takes anywhere from six to 12 months. The time it takes to fully integrate a sales representative is time-consuming and costly, and it may lead to missed sales opportunities while giving the competition a head start.
POPin: Crowdsourcing to raise business productivity
POPin: Crowdsourcing to raise business productivityThe company offers a crowdsourcing tool that helps to grow employee engagement, and the companies adopting it to support transformation are finding it to be a boon to the success of their projects.
Trace3 stresses importance of hearing employee voices
Trace3 stresses importance of hearing employee voicesQ: How does your workforce communicate their concerns? A: We use a tool called POPin. Everyone has it on their phone and laptop. It allows me to ask questions to the company. I’ll ask, “What would stop you from bringing a friend to Trace3?” Or, “If you were in charge of growth, what would you lean into?” Anyone can respond, anonymously or not. Then we let everyone vote on the answer. It might be something management doesn’t want to hear. Many companies are afraid to let employees have a voice. But there is gold in those answers. There’s a quote from V.S. Naipul: “The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.”
The Magic of the Truth: Communicating Through Organizational Change
The Magic of the Truth: Communicating Through Organizational ChangeWe spent weeks as a leadership team discussing an organizational change we needed to make in order to better align the company to achieve our goals. These are brutal times as a leader because everyone in the company has value, but our timing was off and we had brought on certain functions either too early or too aggressively. Regardless, when a move needs to be made, you have to make it. We delivered the news to the individuals on a Wednesday morning in a loving but systematic fashion. It was moments after that the real work for leaders really starts. Earlier in the week, we let the company know there would be an all hands on Thursday at 8:30am (the day after the riff). We knew that would be our chance to address everyone. What we didn’t know was how they would react or receive the message. To manage that, I personally met with the different departments and explained how the day was very difficult, but we were excited about the future with a totally aligned team. After 15 minutes of talking, I asked each group if they had any concerns, questions, or comments. Every group said nothing, except one. The one person that spoke up said, “I am not going to ask now, but I am going to ask it in the POPin.”
POPin Survey Finds Widespread Lack of Employee Engagement, Near-Fatal Misalignment Between Management and Employees
POPin Survey Finds Widespread Lack of Employee Engagement, Near-Fatal Misalignment Between Management and Employees
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — POPin today announced a new survey of C-level executives and vice presidents across a variety of industries, which found that most companies still struggle with significant misalignment issues between management and employees, making it difficult to implement key initiatives and retain top talent.
According to the survey, 41% of respondents say town hall meetings are “typically one sided” with information flowing from management to employees. An alarming 47% of respondents say employee opinions are “only sometimes” heard and addressed in such meetings. Moreover, 45% of respondents fail to conduct town hall employee meetings at all. 56% of respondents say executives rely on email as the “primary” method of employee communication. Only 21% of executives surveyed solicit feedback from employees in person, and often that feedback in not candid for fear of negative career consequences. “Businesses today are in crisis when it comes to employee engagement and organizational alignment,” said Brian Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer of POPin. “As social collaboration continues to create new methods of bringing people closer together, most companies continue to follow older, less effective practices. Business leaders continue to prove they are completely unable to establish an effective process for employee engagement and fail to build organizational alignment on key initiatives.” Survey Results:
- Lack of Productivity: Most managers do not prioritize employee feedback when it comes to productivity improvements. Only 26% make this a “high priority.” Nearly 55% will listen to employee concerns but admit they are challenged to address them. 20% said it is “too difficult” to sift through feedback to identify employee challenges.
- Failure to Gauge Employee Satisfaction: 24% of respondents say they have “frequent” conversations with employees to solicit feedback but there is “no quantifiable method” to do so. An alarming 52% say they have conversations with employees but often “do not receive candid feedback.” 25% say there is “no process whatsoever” to gauge employee satisfaction.
- Inability to Solicit Candid Feedback: 54% say employees will share their opinions but typically “withhold” critical feedback about the organization. 26% consider that they have “open and honest” conversations with employees. 20% say employees try to communicate honestly but are hesitant to offer critical feedback for fear that it would reflect poorly and affect their career.
- Employee Retention: 53% of managers can predict when an employee is not happy but are often unable to remediate the problem. 29% say it’s “usually a surprise” when an employee resigns. Only 18% do well to predict employee dissatisfaction and can usually remediate the problem in time.
- Misalignment on Technology Initiatives: 57% of respondents say their company is “slightly out of alignment” on new initiatives and that it “takes some time to come up the learning curve.” 14% say employees are reluctant to embrace new ideas. Only 29% of respondents are “well aligned” and “in lockstep” with senior management.
- Ideation Challenges: 52% of respondents say that although they have an “open line” of communication between departments, there’s “no solid process” to share ideas. 25% say they are “not effective” at ideation with “limited interaction” with disparate departments. Only 23% of respondents they have a “solid infrastructure” in place to develop new ideas.
- No Standard Process for Sourcing Ideas: Responses were mixed on how ideas are sourced internally. 22% use an internal solution; 12% use social collaboration tools, 32% use a survey; 15% arrange large brainstorming sessions and 20% admit they “don’t know” how to source ideas and concerns from the organization.
- Mobile Communications: Only 20% of respondents say that mobile has had a “significant” impact on employee communications. 39% say mobile capabilities have had a “moderate” impact, creating “an important communication channel” for “alignment.” 36% say mobile has had “no improvement on alignment and ideation.” Only 5% consider mobile to be a “hindrance.”
- Senior Management Fails to “Take Action”: 20% of respondents say they have processes in place that enable senior management to react quickly to employee concerns. 44% say they have “some processes” but need to be “more nimble in this area.” 36% of respondents say e-level executives are “slow” with “limited resources to react in a timely manner.”
- Download survey infographic here.