The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to allow more employees to work from home. While challenging for some, it does offer one key benefit: a quiet time away from colleagues to reflect upon work life.
We are biologically attuned to the emotions of those around us. Removing our coworkers from the situation opens up our ability to convey our thoughts honestly without considering how others will immediately react. In other words, employees working from home are in a safe place now, removed from ordinary work-life and it is much easier to take a step back and approach their feedback holistically.
Many remote employees have more time on their hands. With the average American commute consuming almost an hour each day and a likely dip in workload, some employees have several idle hours each day to reflect upon their work or craft new ideas. Forward-thinking organizations should encourage them to submit new ideas or spend some time developing out previous ideas they had been forced to back-burner.
Inevitably, some employees will use their downtime to begin searching for a new job. This underscores the need for anonymous feedback as a retention strategy. Research shows that employees are more candid when their personal anonymity is guaranteed. Giving employees a safe, anonymous tool to address their grievances can ultimately keep them around.
Unfortunately, some employees will choose to leave your organization. When they do, Incogneato can help you conduct anonymous exit interviews. Employees tend to sugarcoat the truth when face-to-face with HR, especially if they fear the information they disclose could be shared with their new employer, former colleagues, or may someday want to return to your organization. Conducting exit interviews anonymously can help you collect more candid, useful feedback.
Incogneato is a safe, anonymous employee feedback tool that is also significantly less expensive than other options. We believe that all organizations should be able to collect anonymous feedback without having to pay hefty monthly fees. This especially rings true now as organizations are trying to cut costs to survive. Incogneato is free for the first 30 days and no credit card is required until you subscribe to a plan.