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OrgVitality 2012 Milestones

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 As the year winds down, the folks at OrgVitality wanted to take a step back and share with you what we have accomplished this year and what 2013 seems likely to bring.

Top Client Employee Survey Lesson of 2012:

Surveys should be uniquely “You” – If you can’t find elements of your organization’s unique strategy or you can’t even tell your industry from your survey (or other measurements), then you aren’t doing it right.

2013 January Workshop:

Maximize Performance While Preparing for Growth: Business Insights Successful Leaders Gain from Employees.  We are rolling out a hands-on Workshop Series on Strategic Organizational Metrics, with a January 29th kickoff workshop in New York City at the SUNY Global Center. For more information see: OrgVitality Workshop.

2012 Company Accomplishments:
  • We Are Growing – 45% over 2011!

We signed a multi-year contract to conduct Starwood’s employee survey covering 155,000+ employees. The survey will be offered in 41 languages and the reporting will be available in 17. Starwood owns 9 hotel brands including Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis, W, Le Meridian, Aloft, Four Points, Element, and the Luxury Collection.

Under our General Services Administration MOBIS award, we completed our first employee survey for the US Army.

Other types of projects conducted in 2012: employee surveys, customer surveys, linkage and statistical analyses, metrics, strategy meeting facilitation, executive coaching, 360 assessments and merger-related research.

Industries served included: Financial Services, Hospitality, Insurance, Manufacturing, Non-Profit, Retail, Technology, HR Consulting, Education, Government & Policing Agencies.

  • Investments in Technology and New Products

Significant updates were made to our survey technology suite, called OrgView™, including modules for Org Coding, Ad-Hoc Reporting, Action Planning and new version of PowerPoint report generator.

Our “Manager as Coach” training program and 360 Assessment were developed and implemented.

  • New Locations, Staffing and Alliances

OrgVitality is pleased to announce the establishment of a technology development center (TDC) in Zikhron Yaacov, about 40 minutes north of Tel Aviv. This technology group will have staff in both Israel and the USA.

We are also excited about new locations opening in 2013 in Stuttgart /Zurich and London. Our OV Stuttgart/Zurich location will be headed by Dr. Ingwer Borg, a long-time survey research guru.  Our London affiliate (Batson Consulting) will be headed by Deborah Smart, who was responsible for the employee survey for many years at BP.  Along with Geneva, these new locations will greatly enhance our European presence.

Additional project management, programming and statistical staff have been added in New York and San Francisco.

  • Support to the UN and Our Global Community

For the United Nations:

  • We assisted SIOP (Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology) in gaining accreditation with the UN.
  • We provide representation for the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) to the UN.
  • Walter Reichman co-chaired the annual Psychology Day at the UN (efforts of psychologist to improve UN .functioning) and presented to a High Level Meeting of the Economic and Social Council.
  • Jeffrey Saltzman presented on the impact of Social Safety Nets on Work Motivation at the UN.

We support Save the Children by providing management coaching services

  • Support to Our Profession and the Industry

We have helped support/been involved in/delivered speeches, papers at a number of professional organizations including: the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Human Resources People and Strategy, and Mayflower (an international consortium of corporations to share survey norms and practices).


  • Dana Costar will be a recipient of the M. Scott Meyer’s Award for Applied Research in the Workplace at the next SIOP conference.
  • Scott Brooks and Jeffrey Saltzman have an article coming out in January 2013 in HRPS’s People and Strategy Journal entitled “Why Employee Engagement is not Strategic.”
  • Walter Reichman finalized a deal to publish a book Serving the Underserved: Industrial and Organizational Psychology Helps the Vulnerable in 2014.  Contributors will be from OrgVitality and our affiliates, including: Lichia Saner-Yu, Raymond Saner, and Edward Marshall.
  • David Bracken co-authored a book to be published this coming year with the working title Using 360 Degree Feedback to Create Organizational Change.
  • Ingwer Borg’s book, Applied Multidimensional Scaling, comes out this year, covering techniques for visualizing survey information in highly informative maps, extremely useful when discussing survey findings with managers (Published in Heidelberg by Springer).
  • Praxis der Personalpsychologie, Mitarbeiterbefragungen (Personnel Psychology Practice: Employee Surveys), also by Ingwer Borg, is coming out later in 2013 (published by Hogrefe in Göttingen, Germany).
  • Infrastructure

Our migration of servers to a Chicago-based SAS 70 Type II Data Center (currently highest standard in use) has been completed. The new facility is SSAE 16 SOC 1 and SOC 2 compliant, audited by a 3rd party, and is currently undergoing a PCI Level 2 audit. (I have no idea what most of that means but the tech guys made me put it in.)  Additionally, we renewed our Safe Harbor Certification by US Department of Commerce for handling personnel data from European Union, Swiss Federation and Canada.

If you would like to learn more about us, do not hesitate to call or email: 1.914.747.7736,

All the best,

Jeff and The OrgVitality Gang


Written by Jeffrey M. Saltzman

December 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Posted in OrgVitality, Vitality

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