PRESS RELEASESclose 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
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close 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.
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POPin Survey Finds Widespread Lack of Employee Engagement, Near-Fatal Misalignment Between Management and EmployeesIRVINE, 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.”
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close use cases, such as new leader assimilation, retention and culture, a product or service launch, agenda building, and others. “Our goal is to turn leaders into heroes, whether you are working on a specific initiative or you just want honest feedback from your team,” said Lee Ott, President of POPin. “This product upgrade makes it even easier for users to launch POPin sessions on a variety of topics and formats, and solicit candid feedback as well as creative solutions from a team.” In addition, version 3.2.5 offers a range of lightweight features to encourage team alignment, such as supporting a strong call to action following a POPin session by suggesting follow-up questions; closing the loop with participants; and taking action based on team feedback to move the discussion from “what” to “how.” Oldcastle Materials, the leading supplier of construction materials in the United States, recently deployed POPin to improve employee engagement. Oldcastle Materials employs more than 20,000 people in 1,200 locations across more than 60 companies in the organization. “The challenge is making sure that the message that comes from the corner office is heard all the way to the paving crew out on the highway,” said Charlie Brown, Chief Financial Officer of Oldcastle Materials. “This is a very difficult task if you don’t have the right engagement processes in place. We continue to focus on standardization, best practices, continuous improvement and innovation throughout our organization, and process standardization is critical.” “POPin for us is very simply a connection between the organization’s leadership to the base, making sure that we have the best ideas and that we give a voice to the people who know various aspects of our business the best to keep us focused on where we’re going,” added Brown. POPin’s rapidly expanding customer list also includes a diverse group of blue chip companies such as AT&T, Ford Motor Company, Taco Bell, HP, Time Warner Cable, Juniper Networks and NASA, among others. “The ability to explore topics anonymously makes it safe for employees in the trenches to tell management why something will or will not work, so that the discussion can focus on problem-solving rather than finger-pointing,” said Ott. “This creates an ideal environment to identify and address the most common challenges within an organization, which ultimately creates buy-in and organizational alignment.” About POPin POPin is a crowdsourcing mobile platform that helps leaders achieve goals with the buy-in of the teams doing the work. The app leverages crowdsourcing and crowdsolving to meet specific business challenges and provide a common voice for collaboration. POPin also offers SaaS, web interfaces and dedicated engagement managers to deliver timely and innovative impacts to relevant corporate objectives. For more information visit www.popinnow.com. ### Media Contact Lumina Communications Michael Gallo 212-239-8594 [email protected]
close POPin is a crowd-solving application that helps organizations connect with team members and partners to align their mutual efforts for shared project success. The anonymous POPin app allows employees to speak openly without a fear of backlash from management, thus giving managers a clearer view into what’s really happening in the organization. Boardroom Events announced the winners of their Awards of Excellence in the Office of the CIO to recognize providers that are solving business challenges with impressive financial impacts. POPin was nominated in the “Best Emerging Midmarket Solution” category along with KnowledgeNet, KodaCloud and Talla. “Forward-thinking vendors recognized by the midmarket speaks to our mission to help executives on their professional journeys,” said Charles Badoian, President of Boardroom Events. “These awards are a testament to the relevance of the providers’ research and insights.” POPin has piloted crowd-solving sessions with executives at more than 100 companies and schools, including AT&T, Ford Motor Co., Taco Bell, HP, Time Warner Cable, Experian and New York University. “POPin is honored to receive this impressive award as recognition of the need to establish clear two-way communications between management and employees to ensure the success of business initiatives,” said POPin CEO and founder Hayes Drumwright. About POPin POPin equips leaders to implement decisions with the buy-in of the teams doing the work. With POPin, leaders can learn the truth of what will work and what won’t from the people who will be doing the work. POPin is available as a web app and as a native mobile app for both Apple iOS and Android. POPin also provides dedicated Customer Success Consultants to customers to facilitate successful use of POPin. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, POPin is already helping organizations such as CoreLogic, Experian, Immix Group and NYU make better decisions quickly and gain buy-in along the way. For more information visit www.popinnow.com. ### Media Contact Gutenberg Communications Michael Gallo 212-239-8594 [email protected]
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close CTA annual Colorado Tech Summit on October 19, 2016, in the Denver Marriott Tech Center in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Tech Nucleus Program is a new CTA Program launching in 2017 in order to continue to advance the tech industry in Colorado. An element of the Program will strengthen the important intersection between emerging and enterprise using the POPin Platform featuring a new start-up each month. “We are excited to provide a product for the CTA to foster growth among the most promising start-ups in Colorado,” said Hayes Drumwright, founder and CEO of POPin. “Crowdsourcing leads to more imaginative problem-solving and will give local entrepreneurs the ability to source expert advice from proven technology experts.” Drumwright will also speak at the CTA event about his new leadership book, Management vs. Employees: How Leaders Can Bridge the Power Gaps That Hurt Corporate Performance. The book explores how to address the typical divide between management and the employees they lead. The Colorado Tech Summit is a one-day conference for technology leaders to purposefully interact with one another, exchanging ideas and exploring opportunities for the state’s growing tech sector. This year’s theme is, “Enabling Business through Technology Innovation.” This annual conference aims to forge new relationships, as well as up-level and amplify connections within the CTA-led Colorado tech community. About POPin POPin equips leaders to implement decisions with the buy-in of the teams doing the work. With POPin, leaders can learn the truth of what will work and what won’t from the people who will be doing the work. POPin is available as a web app and as a native mobile app for both Apple iOS and Android. POPin also provides dedicated Customer Success Consultants to customers to facilitate successful use of POPin. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, POPin is already helping organizations such as CoreLogic, Experian, Immix Group and NYU make better decisions quickly and gain buy-in along the way. For more information visit www.popinnow.com. ### Media Contact Gutenberg Communications Michael Gallo 212-239-8594 [email protected]
POPin Finds Most Companies Struggle with Lack of Organizational Alignment, Inability to Manage Change67% of executives say new ideas take a while to get “buy in”, employees “slow to change” Only 35% of managers believe their staff is “well aligned” with new initiatives in lockstep with senior management Irvine, CA – September 20, 2016 – POPin today released the results of a new survey of CIOs and technology executives, which found that most companies still struggle with organizational alignment and change management. According to the survey, only 35% of managers believe their staff is “well aligned” with new initiatives in lockstep with senior management. Survey findings illustrate why this management-employee disconnect creates discord throughout the organization, making it difficult to executive on a long-term strategy. Case in point, 40% of respondents said technology initiatives failed for slow or reluctant adoption from end users, and 20% cited lack of “buy in” from senior management. Only 23% blamed the technology itself and only 17% cited budgetary issues. In spite of this disconnect, 55% of respondents said they actually make it a priority to improve employee productivity. However, an alarming 39% of executives listen to employee concerns only “as they arise.” Moreover, 60% of respondents said they have “no solid process in place” to communicate with disparate departments, and 8% said communication with other departments is “not effective.” Only 33% of respondents said they have a solid communications infrastructure in place. Similarly, only 31% of C-level executives said they have processes in place that enable them to take immediate action to provide employees with the tools they need to do their jobs. 53% said they have “some processes” in place but could be more nimble in this area, and 16% said they have “limited resources” to react to employee suggestions in a timely manner. “Businesses today face a crisis of organizational alignment,” said Brian Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer of POPin. “As the speed of technology innovation and adoption continues to accelerate, businesses have proven themselves completely unable to manage change and alignment a workforce in support of key organizational initiatives. Our research continues to show that that crowdsourcing techniques are an indispensable tool in helping management engage with employees to ensure the success of corporate initiatives. “We are excited to create a new market category for Initiative Success Management that responds to these widespread business challenges to institutionalize a proven process for organizational alignment,” added Mr. Anderson. Survey Highlights
- 38% of respondents would physically get everyone together to brainstorm in order to solve a business problem; 53% rely on regular in-office meetings to discuss new ideas.
- 46% of employees rely on regular in-office meetings to communicate feedback and concern with senior management; 23% have on-on-one conversations; 20% use email.
- 46% of executives said mobile technology has “significantly improved” communication with employees; 35% said mobile technology has “moderately improved” communication.
- 40% of respondents have never explored crowdsourcing as part of the corporate culture. 44% said they have “some experience” with crowdsourcing but admitted that it’s not a regular part of the corporate culture. Only 16% said they regularly rely on crowdsourcing to collect information and innovate.
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- Why there is a divide between management and the employees they lead
- How to build trust, gather input, distribute accountability and make those you lead feel like an accomplice in the leader’s master plan
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