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5 Top Human Capital Priorities for 2016 [Infographic]


Have you heard of a pulse survey? It is an online tool for gathering fast and frequent feedback, often in the form of 1-2 questions.

With employee engagement surveys and performance reviews coming under intense scrutiny as ineffective and difficult to implement, as well as a consumer culture that is constantly offering their feedback, it makes sense to fill a void with a simple but powerful tool to more frequently ask for feedback from employees.

Pulse surveys by their very nature are a crowdsourcing tool that can be used to identify data on larger-scale trends.To that end, the pulse company Waggl conducted a simple survey with 500,000 business leaders, HR leaders and consultants, and came up with some very interesting results.

The Waggl pulse survey asked whether these 500,000 participants believed that listening to their employees and incorporating their ideas is critical to an organization’s success?

97% of participants agreed that it is imperative to an organization’s success to listen to employees and incorporate their ideas. 

However, when asked whether a yearly employee engagement survey was an effective means for gathering this critical feedback, only 38% agreed.

Waggl Co-Founder and CEO, Michael Papay, considers this a “Management - Listening Gap”

“The data from our most recent research pulse indicates that business and HR leaders around the world are not satisfied with the traditional annual employee survey as their primary means of listening to employees and distilling insights.”

In addition to the first two questions, the Waggl survey further asked participants what their top human capital/people priorities are for 2016, and the top results were tallied and voted on.

Here are the top five answers that were crowdsourced with over 7,500 votes:

  • “Encouraging/engendering a growth/ownership mindset, we call it leadership at all levels.”
  • “Leadership development throughout the field, with a strong emphasis on personal accountability.”
  • “Agility, collaboration and trust”
  • “Finding the right talent who are innovative and can take the organization to the next level”
  • “Influencing the company culture to have more authentic, people-oriented managers”

While it is not clear if the yearly employee engagement survey will continue to fall out of favor, implementing a pulse program in your organization just might help to both increase levels of engagement and feeling listened to, and to help communicate to employees about company vision, direction, and willingness to implement suggestions.

Here is the Infographic from Waggl to share with your team about these important Human Capital Trends:


Lauren Parkhill

Lauren Parkhill leads the marketing team in creating creative content that helps organizations develop their leaders and teams.