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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should my company participate?

How much does it cost?

How do I update uploaded employee information?

What happens after I register my company to participate in Best Places to Work in IdahoTM?

Are we eligible to participate if our parent company is located outside of Idaho?

Will everyone in my company be surveyed?

What do employees do when the survey is completed?

What if some employees do not complete and return the surveys?

How and when will we know if our company will receive an award?

Is the survey available in any languages other than English?

What happens to the company or individual information that I submit on the Best Places to Work in Idaho website or in the employee and employer surveys?

Who can I contact with additional questions?

How can my company take full advantage of the survey results?

What is the cost of the additional results presentation, recommendations, and action plan?

Can employees with no employer-provided email account still participate in the survey?

What is a non-wired employee?

What is the kiosk option?

I'm having trouble accessing the survey.

What is an Honorable Mention?

Can we take the survey other than in January and February?



Q. Why should my company participate?

The benefits to participating companies are three-fold:

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Q. How do I update uploaded employee information?

After logging in to the employer portal, click on the People tab. From the people tab, click on the Click Here link in the Employees frame. This will take you to the list of uploaded employees.

From the list of uploaded employees, use the Search box to enter the name or email address of the person whose uploaded data you wish to update. Once you've located the data you wish to update, click on the data field and you can update it in place. When you're done updating the field, either press the key or the key before you leave the page.

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Q. What happens after I register my company to participate in Best Places to Work in IdahoTM?

Please refer to the Timeline for important milestones and dates. POPULUS will send email reminders of upcoming deadlines to the contact person.

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Q. Are we eligible to participate if our parent company is located outside of Idaho?

Yes. If the branch is located in Idaho and employs Idaho residents, the company is eligible to participate in the Best Places to Work in IdahoTM program.

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Q. Will everyone in my company be surveyed?

All Idaho based employees, from top management to entry-level employees are encouraged to take the survey.

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Q. What do employees do when the survey is completed?

Online surveys will be submitted electronically. Employees who complete paper surveys will deposit them in a secure collection box at their company. This box of completed surveys will be sent to POPULUS for processing. Detailed instructions about distributing and collecting paper surveys will be provided to companies that choose this option.

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Q. What if some employees do not complete and return the surveys?

Results will be shared with each participating company if there are at least 10 people who took the survey. However to be eligible for an award, companies must have the following completion rates:

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Q. How and when will we know if our company will receive an award?

POPULUS will contact award winners in early or mid-March.

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Q. Is the survey available in any languages other than English?

Yes. The survey is available in English and in Spanish. If a company has a significant number of employees who speak another language and would like to cover the cost of translating and creating the survey in that language, it may do so. Contact POPULUS (208-344-5300) to discuss this option and its cost.

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Q. What happens to the company or individual information that I submit on the Best Places to Work in Idaho website or in the employee and employer surveys?

Your information is secure. POPULUS abides by the Council of American Survey Research Organizations’ (CASRO) code of standards and ethics regarding respondent and client confidentiality.

Throughout the enrollment, survey, and reporting processes, no individual level data for respondents will be made available to client companies. Similarly, no company level data will be made available to any other participating company or the media.

Additionally, no information regarding a company’s participation in the survey in the current or prior years will be made public unless the company is an award winner.

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Q. Who can I contact with additional questions?

Please call Paul Butcher at 208-344-5300 or send a message via the contact us form.

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Q. How can my company take full advantage of the survey results?

Please check out our selection of publications, reports, and assistance options to see which is right for you

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Q. What is the cost of the additional results presentation, recommendations, and action plan?

Please check out our selection of publications, reports, and assistance options to see which is right for you

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Q. Can employees with no employer-provided email account still participate in the survey?

Yes. These employees are referred to as "non-wired" employees. There are two options for including non-wired employees in the survey.

Option 1: If a non-wired employee has a personal email account, you can provide their personal email address in the spreadsheet of employee contact information you upload to the Best Places to Work in Idaho website. Their survey notifications and links will be sent to their personal email address and they can click on the link in their email to access the employee survey.

In these cases, to maximize the response rate, it is VERY helpful to allow these employees to leave work early or come in late in order to take the survey at the employer’s expense just as the wired employees are able to do. No need to worry about the security of the email addresses, POPULUS employs the same high-level of security and confidentiality with personal email addresses as we do with work email addresses.

There is no fee for this option.

Option 2 (Kiosk Option): For non-wired employees with no personal email account or who prefer not to share their personal email address.

Click here to read an explanation of the Kiosk Option.

There is a fee for this option. Click here for associated fees.

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Q. What is a non-wired employee?

A non-wired employee is one with no employer-provided email account. These employees can still participate in the survey. Click here for more information.

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Q. What is the Kiosk Option?

The Kiosk Option is one of two surveying options for non-wired employees (i.e., employees with no employer-provided email account). The other option is to provide POPULUS with their personal email address.

If a non-wired employee has no personal email address or they prefer to not share their personal email address, they can still participate in the employee survey.

POPULUS will assign each employee one unique, single use password. The list of employee names and their assigned survey passwords will be returned, along with the link to the survey's generic login page, to the employer's delegated recipient. The employer delegate will confidentially notify each non-wired employee of their personal assigned survey password and the generic link to the employee survey login page.

It is very important that respondents are only given their assigned survey password. Survey passwords are single-use and preassigned to an individual, they cannot be shared or given to someone to whom they have not been assigned.

There is a fee for this option. Click here for associated fees.

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Q. I'm having trouble accessing the survey.

Things you can try if you're having trouble accessing your survey.

  1. Close and re-open your browser. Click on your survey link again.
  2. Copy and paste your survey link into your browser navigation window rather than clicking on the link.
  3. Copy and paste your survey link into a different browser than last time.
  4. Start over from a different computer.
  5. Contact your IT and/or support personnel at your organization.

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Q. What is an Honorable Mention?

The short answer is that the Honorable Mention employers are those whose scores indicate an above average employee experience but are not quite high enough to be in the Top Ten.

The longer answer is...

Here at POPULUS, we believe the majority of employers that participate in this program have workplaces that are above average in terms of employee satisfaction, since they are self-selected to participate.

To only honor the ten with the best scores would leave many great employers off the list, which isn't our intent. We want to make public the names of our state's employers where people can find work that is not only financially rewarding, but emotionally and mentally as well.

Every year there are a handful of employers whose scores are such that we can't in good conscious recommend them as a Best Place to Work in Idaho. Once these are removed, and the Top Ten are identified, the balance are considered Honorable Mention.

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Q. Can we take the survey other than in January and February?

Unfortunately, no.

There are many factors that impact employee perceptions outside of the employer's control. Some of these external influences are unemployment rate and general health of the economy, to name just a few.

We try to hold as many of these external influences as possible constant so the results across employers are more comparable. That's why we have all employers take the survey as close to the same time of year as possible.

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