How Online Employee Surveys Can Improve Communication And Raise Morale In An Organization

Why should employers use online employee surveys and how can they gauge the temperature of their companies? In the age of the internet and remote work opportunities, the question of employee loyalty to organizations of any size needs to be addressed by employers. Employees are more likely to leave such businesses and move on to other opportunities they now can easily access on the web and through social media sites like LinkedIn.

Online Employee Surveys Can Help

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Online Employee Surveys

To avoid such loss and improve company morale, online surveys can help achieve this goal. Pontrelli, Timour & Associates has learned through experience that online surveys can help reveal a level of employee dissatisfaction that is hidden beneath a surface layer of pleasantries and the desire to not rock the boat. By understanding the true concerns of employees before they become problems and being able to address them in advance, true employee loyalty that supports the long-term interests of a business can be fostered.

3 Benefits Of Utilizing Online Employee Surveys:

1) Surveys Provide Concrete, Actionable Data

On account of their anonymity, surveys provide data that can be used to take concrete actions that foster employee loyalty. If a company is unsure of how employees are relating to new benefits program options, an online survey can provide the information and feelings that employees are not willing to reveal in person. By surveying all of the employees in a business, data can be achieved that reveals the true temperature of a company.

2) Communication Is Streamlined
Online employee surveys provides a level of communication that is much more effective and streamlined than tradition methods of employer-employee interactions. In the past, problems in the office tended to be conveyed via second-hand information and long after the issues should have been addressed. After utilizing surveys, however, problems are revealed first-hand. By speaking their minds a professional and respectful manner, even when the survey is anonymous, employees can help improve office administration and the overall protocols of behavior.

3) The Cost Is Really Low
As opposed to trying to access employee feedback at the end of a performance review, online surveys, both anonymous and otherwise, help generate a much deeper level of honesty. By receiving feedback without the fear of reprisal, once again the true temperature of a business can be properly gauged. In addition, when offered both multiple choice and written methods of response, employees find a comfort zone to communicate what needs to be heard by an employer.

Online Employee Surveys Are Effective

When implemented properly, PT Benefits has seen that online employee surveys can help establish a positive workplace that helps to foster a more productive and profitable business. By boosting morale, long-term employee loyalty becomes a more likely prognosis. In light of healthcare reform and the job security concerns of employees in small to mid-sized businesses, online employee surveys can reveal problems before they arise.

If you would like to learn more about online employee services and how PT Benefits can serve you as experienced insurance brokers, please call at 626-795-4138 for help.

8 Affordable Care Act Predictions For 2014

When it comes to making expert predictions about the wide range effects of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, Pontrelli, Timour & Associates have the expertise needed to be right on target. As an employee benefits and insurance agency working with small to mid-sized businesses for over a decade in Pasadena, the principals at the agency have the knowledge to provide quality prognostications. The following 8 predictions are based on a balance of factual data combined with the insight of long-term experience.

8 Affordable Care Act Predictions For 2014

  1. Since the majority of carriers shifted the renewal dates of their clients to December 1, most business owners don’t have to take any direct action until then. As a result, the true brunt of the Affordable Care Act’s business fallout will hit hardest in the 4th quarter.
  2.  The biggest initial problems will be with individual solo policies as rates go up the benefits are reduced. The result is going to be a lot of angry people shaking their fists at healthcare reform and wondering why they ever wanted it in the first place.
  3.  Many uninformed business owners without an actual understanding of the laws will try to avoid the 50 employee mark of the Employer Mandate by shifting full-time employees to part-time. Such a shift is illegal, doesn’t work as an avoidance strategy because part-time employees are included in the Employer Mandate equation, and will result in many stories about the IRS and other government agencies cracking down on small business owners across the country for this violation.
  4. On account of the customercentric approach of PT Benefits, almost 100% of our clients early renewed and moved to December. In contrast, how many small to mid-sized companies with the huge corporate providers fell through the cracks of poor customer service. The immediate result when they have to renew early will be the tough initial options on account of a lack of concrete rate information. Anger over this outcome will result in a bevy of local negative ACA news stories in the first to second quarter of the year.
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    Affordable Care Act Predictions

    Any employee or group that had a high deductible catastrophic PPO plan will most likely be paying double come their renewal in 2014. An example is a small restaurant owned by an older lady with such a plan. Her rate will double in terms of the costs because of the minimal coverage and deductible thresholds. In addition, the new extensive requirements for pediatric dental and vision, maternity, expanded non-institutional mental health benefits, contraceptives, breast pumps, lactate consultants, and the list goes on and on. Each state threw in their benefit requirements on top of the federal requirements, resulting in plans that simply cover so much more than is truly needed. Both the business owners and the employee are being hurt because the rates are skyrocketing. As a result, this woman’s rate at her restaurant will more than double because of these new requirements, perhaps even causing her to go out of business after years of serving food to her community.

  6.  The biggest losers in the financial chaos that is being wrought by the Affordable Care Act will be lower middle class to middle class Americans, the vast majority of the country stuck in the center. Healthcare reform really only affects high middle class to wealthy Americans as business owners, and most of them will be able to adapt. The bottom rung of the ladder – the homeless and the destitute – theoretically will be helped. But the middle will be hurt and hurt bad in 2014. And this middle is the heart of America.
  7.  Technology in the industry of benefits administration and insurance brokers traditionally has been very poor. In 2014, this is going to start to shift as a result of ACA and the need for more interactive websites to explain and evaluate the changes for existing clients and potential new clients. Mobile technology will be on the rise as well.
  8. Overall, the Great Panic Debate of 2013 will shift into more realistic discussions about how to be sustainable in 2014. How are insurance brokers going to make the changes work for their clients beyond the initial stage of denial. This is why the insurance brokerage team at Pontrelli, Timour & Associates is focused on finding the best possible ways to optimize the Affordable Care Act options and possibilities for all of our clients.

Help With The Affordable Care Act

If these Affordable Care Act predictions scare you, you are not alone. The perspective of the government on the Affordable Care Act is not the perspective of insurance professionals. If you are worried about how the Affordable Care Act will affect your business and your employees, please contact PT Benefits by calling 626-795-4138 for insurance solutions.