What is Total Ideas?
Total Ideas is an exciting tool designed to help managers and supervisors use the data obtained from the Queensland Public Agency Staff Survey (QPASS; Hart, Griffin, Wearing, & Cooper, 1996). Using Total Ideas, comparisons of measures such as Individual Distress, Individual Morale, and various indicators of Organisational Climate, can be made between various groups of interest across worksites and across separate survey administrations. Data from future surveys can be added as available, making Total Ideas an increasingly valuable management tool over time. While each individual survey provides a snapshot of an organisation, the comparison of data over many years gives a more dynamic view of the living, growing organisation.
What can Total Ideas do?
Total Ideas enables managers and supervisors to make specific requests of the data. For example, it might be necessary to further investigate results at a particular site according to respondents' occupation type. It may be important to map the organisational climate or psychological outcomes for a particular group over time. While the written report provided by the researchers at CORE is comprehensive in many ways, it is necessarily limited to answering the global issues addressed by a survey of this type. It would be impracticable and unfeasible to provide the level of fine-grained analysis, which may be required, by individual managers and supervisors at various times. Such a report would be prohibitively large, and probably uninterpretable. By giving managers and supervisors access to the data via Total Ideas, questions can be addressed as they arise as an issue of importance. Information is no longer restricted to that available from questions designed some months or perhaps years before.
Total Ideas will produce graphical representation of the comparisons between the desired groups of respondents.
What can Total Ideas not do?
In order to protect the confidentiality of individuals, no results will be provided for sets of data containing fewer than ten respondents. Users of this software are also cautioned about the lack of meaningfulness of results obtained from very small data sets. In general, larger samples are more likely to represent the populations from which they are drawn.
An Important Note
The authors of this program state that while Total Ideas is a tool, which can be used by management to enhance decision-making strategies, we take no responsibility for decisions based on the information contained herein. As there is unlikely to be a 100% response rate, it is imperative that managers verify that the results displayed in Total Ideas are applicable to their particular workgroup. As with all survey data, hypotheses generated need to be tested and evaluated in the real life context of the organisation.