I had a BS degree in Computer Science, but I was never taught an algorithm for calculating my happiness index, not even in my Artificial Intelligence class. So I had to wing it.
To protest, one of my cow-orkers made "rpc.happyd", a Sun RPC server whose function it was to track the happiness index of the team members over the network, and "HappyTool", a graphical user interface to rpc.happyd which drew a face for each team member, with a slider under your own face for adjusting the face from happy to sad.
Here's a demo of the HyperNeWS version of HappyTool, which I wrote in NeWS PostScript, and which lets you copy an encapsulated PostScript happy face to the clipboard that you can paste into other HyperNeWS applications (like pasting into the customizable clock face to make happy and sad clocks):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0ZZJXw4MTA&lc=Ugja0o_XRxNOR... has a comment with the transscript of the skit
HUMPHREY: No. So she starts asking you some questions. Mr Woolley, are you worried about the number of young people without jobs?
BERNARD: Yes. HUMPHREY: Are you worried about the rise in crime among teenagers?
HUMPHREY: Do you think there's a lack of discipline in our comprehensive schools?]
BERNARD: Yes. HUMPHREY: Do you think young people welcome some authority and leadership in their lives?
BERNARD: Yes. HUMPHREY: Do you think they respond to a challenge?
BERNARD: Yes. HUMPHREY: Would you be in favour of reintroducing national service?
BERNARD: ...Oh. Well, I suppose I might be.
HUMPHREY: Yes or no?
HUMPHREY: Mr Woolley, are you worried about the danger of war?
BERNARD: Yes. HUMPHREY: Are you worried about the growth of armaments?
HUMPHREY: Do you think there's a danger in giving young people guns and teaching them how to kill?
HUMPHREY: Do you think it's wrong to force people to take up arms against their will?
HUMPHREY: Would you oppose the reintroduction of national service?
FINAL QUESTION: Are you more worried about the rise in crime among teenagers or about the growth of armaments?
POTENTIAL FINAL ANSWERS: The rise in crime among teenagers / The growth of armaments / Undecided between the two.
When you moved the cursor into the "Our Competitor's Web Site" button, it would quickly slide out from under your cursor so you couldn't press it!
Then when you stopped moving the cursor around, the "Our Web Site" button would sneakily slide in right underneath your cursor.
BUT! And excuse my critical note, but I absolutely loathe the idea that my company would intrude my personal private life on whatsapp! You know what's the first thing I do when I leave the office? I turn off each and every channel which is connected in any way to my company. Complete radio silence. No email, no hangout, no slack, no nothing. Zero, zilch, zip, nada.
Seriously? You want to answer company surveys in whatsapp? Seriously? I doubt it. I sincerely doubt it.
The idea of doing HR admin stuff in my free time seems a bit fanciful:
> I have no option of taking the survey at my favourite cafe
If I'm at my favourite café, the _last_ thing I'll be doing is a work survey, unless I'm there during my working day.
A french singer, Brassens, used to sing something that can be translated that "to admit your are not intelligent, you need to be".
And of course you have the famous simpson episode:
I had a question - From my personal experience the difference between a normal feedback (someone asking you directly) vs an employee survey are framing and scope.
For example, questions asking feedback on "leadership". Most people, specially freshman, care about feedback on the guys they are reporting to - it can be a lead, manager, director etc.
But the surveys tend to gauge all levels - project leads, managers and then company executives. So they put in questions like -
do you feel you get timely feedback?
do you feel people are held accountable?
do you feel you understand company vision?
Everyone attributes these to different people in management but then the HR tells them otherwise. This causes a lot of people to be disillusioned by the surveys from the time they start the careers.
How do you tackle this issue in your product?
Another way to handle this issue is to segment your employees to multiple lists. Create different surveys for each level and you can be little more accurate. Say for freshmen you can have a list, while for your directors another list. Automate the different surveys. Finally, analyse the result from different perspective
I have not played with the product beyond the onboarding demo but I have to say the sign up was very impressive too and much to learn there for my own work.
Having worked with surveys over the years the problem I find is that testing takes longer and longer. Sometimes you are filling in a form and sometimes you will have an optional page, e.g. in a custom job application form you may have a page on education that only the person with a degree has to fill in, this implies two testing paths through the form and therefore doubles the time to test. So testing time goes up by the cube of form complexity, or so it seems.
Years ago it would take a whole evening to make a C90 compilation cassette of songs for someone. Just the interface of the cassette deck, turntable and other cassettes would mean that it would take 5-6-7 hours to put it together, even if you knew all the songs and knew what you were doing.
Nowadays if I want to put together a playlist for 90 minutes of music I could do that and think what I was doing to get it done in ten minutes, not hours. I wouldn't be using cassettes or record players or even CDs. Just tick boxes in a UI.
So the key thing for me is that how-long-does-it-take question and much like how with compilation cassettes you still had to play it back to test it, with a survey you need to do some testing, ideally with that test time not going up 'by the cube' of form complexity.
Being the creator of many surveys myself, what I would suggest to workaround this problem is, survey creators have to put themselves on the shoes of survey takers and create the survey. Survey takers are giving the feedback for free, spending their valuable time. Survey should be very precise and directly into the point.
I guess it is hard for the survey platform to solve this problem. This problem should be addressed by the one who creates the survey.
I will stop answering the survey if it takes more of my time. Keep on asking questions. It should be short.
Do you eat beans?
Would you like to see a new movie starring George Wendt*?
Do you eat beans with George Wendt?
Would you like to see George Wendt eating beans in a movie?
Do you eat beans at George Wendt movies?
Would you like to see George Wendt in a bean-eating movie?
How many beans do you eat in a George Wendt bean-eating movie?
How many bean-eating movies have you seen with George Wendt?
Can we have a survey-filling app bot as well, so we don't have to see it?
Why would you hope that? Most mere working folk are struggling to get by. Keep your audience in mind. Make it small, tight, and fast.
One fun question, is that HR guy still surviving at your previous organization for provoking you to start your own? :D
BTW, using Whatspp is no go for many.
Our HQ is in US, while we have a development center in India