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Healthcare Workforce Pulse

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About the Healthcare Workforce Pulse XM Solution

With an ever-increasing volume of infected patients, a demand on supplies and support, a need to prioritize procedures and daily operations—as well as a high degree of coordination required to adjust to the changing healthcare environment—healthcare leaders must know what’s going on with their employees so they can:

  • Do everything possible to prioritize the safety of the employees.
  • Provide the support, supplies, and equipment to protect, preserve and save lives.
  • Understand what they can do to improve the resilience of healthcare workers.

The Healthcare Workforce Pulse is designed to help any part of the healthcare community on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis to quickly respond to employee feedback, including equipment requests, safety issues, and emotional support requests. This XM Solution contains two versions of a premade survey and a premade report.

Qtip: All existing Qualtrics users have access to the Healthcare Workforce Pulse XM Solution! Just follow the steps on this page to get started. If you are not an existing Qualtrics user and would like to get access to the Healthcare Workforce Pulse solution, please see this page for more information.


Developed by Qualtrics EmployeeXM people scientists and healthcare industry leaders, the Healthcare Workforce Pulse is a guided XM Solution offering two proven methods for organizations to check in with their workforce:

  1. Quick check-in: 1 minute, barometer to get a holistic view of overall resolve and identify trends associated with open-text feedback.
  2. Broader assessment: 5-minute pulse to pinpoint gaps and take action on key areas surrounding the healthcare workforce experience including:
    • Safety
    • Resilience
    • Support
    • Communication

We recommend starting with the quick check-in as a simple, focused way of understanding how your employees are feeling overall as the current crisis deepens. Then, following up at a later time with the broader assessment to identify and prioritize areas of concern and burnout in the healthcare work environment.

Creating a Healthcare Workforce Pulse

All existing Qualtrics users have access to the Healthcare Workforce Pulse XM Solution. Just follow the steps below to get started. If you are not an existing Qualtrics user and would like to get access to the Healthcare Workforce Pulse solution, please see this page to sign up for free!

Qtip: This XM Solution has been localized for various languages. You will only be able to make this project if your account language is set to one of the compatible languages. However, you can upload translations or auto-translate using Google Translate for content as needed. See Translating the Healthcare Workforce Pulse for more details.
  1. Navigate to the Projects page by clicking the XM logo or clicking Projects on the top-right.
    Create Project button in Projects Page
  2. Click Create new project.
  3. Select CoreXM.
    CoreXM logo along top. Section for COVID-19 related XM solutions, where the Healthcare Workforce Pulse is listed
  4. Under COVID-19 XM Solutions, select Healthcare Workforce Pulse.
  5. Name your project.
    New page with field for naming. Get started button blue to right
  6. Click Get Started.
  7. You will land on the Overview tab. This is where the Solution will guide you through the major steps of the project, including survey creation, distribution, and reporting.
    Tab is long the topmost of page, button in middle, more towards right of page
  8. There will be a description of the first step you are about to complete. Click Get Started to start building your project.
  9. Provide your company’s name.
    Field for company name, then type of assessment choice. Next button blue, bottom-right
  10. Decide whether you’d like to create a Quick Check-In or the full Broader Assessment. See link for an overview of each.
    Qtip: If you choose one option and then later decide you’d prefer to work with the other, please create another, separate Healthcare Workforce Pulse.
  11. Give the names of all your facilities/locations where your workforce are located. Feel free to add ( + ) and remove ( – ) options as needed.
    Empty fields for you to enter office locations
  12. Specify your company’s departments. We have provided a few examples, but feel free to add ( + ) and remove ( ) options as needed.
  13. When you’ve filled out these fields, click Finish to generate your survey.
  14. As you click the blue buttons on the Overview tab, you will be taken through the steps of the project.
    Center, blue preview survey button. Top, black bar where steps are listed. Above that, tabs of the project

    Qtip: Did your survey Preview not appear? Make sure your browser doesn’t block pop-ups on Qualtrics.
  15. Use the toolbar along the top if you ever need to go back a step.
  16. Use the tabs along the top if you’d like to edit components not included in the blue button steps. For example, you can go to the Survey tab to edit the survey theme and add demographic questions, whereas you can go to the Distributions tab to download a distribution history for emails you’ve sent.

Healthcare Workforce Pulse Survey Customization

If you want to see the questions in your survey or edit them, click the Survey tab or choose I’d like to edit my survey from the Overview.

Survey tab top, I'd like to edit blue text underneath blue preview survey button

Once inside the Survey tab, you can add new questions, tweak the wording on existing ones, edit the survey theme, and much more.

Survey editor

If there’s particular functionality you’d like to add, try searching the Support Site, or use the Support Site’s menu to the left to pick a page. In this section, we’ll cover some of the fundamentals of survey editing.

Qtip: The questions included in this survey were developed by our top subject matter experts. We advise trying to keep your survey as similar to the original template as possible, and not making too many large-scale changes.

Adding and Editing Questions

Warning: It’s important to make edits to the survey before you distribute it to employees. If possible, avoid making edits to a survey actively collecting data, or you may risk invalidating your data and changing the premade reports that come with this solution. See Testing / Editing an Active Survey.

You can add as many additional questions as you want. However, keep in mind that the shorter the survey, the more likely employees are to fill it out.

For guides to adding and editing questions, see:

Qtip: For surveys like these, we generally advise sticking to multiple choice and text entry questions.

Deleting and Restoring Questions

Warning: If you delete a question, it’ll affect the premade report included with this solution! Be prepared to either make edits to the report or create a new one from scratch.

If you have sent a question to the trash, it is possible to restore it. To roll back many changes at once, see also how to revert a survey back to a previous version.

Saving and Publishing

All edits you make are saved automatically; however, they won’t necessarily be pushed to the live version of the survey. When you are finished with all of your edits and are ready to generate a link and share the survey with your employees, remember to click Publish in the upper-right.

For more on how this works, see Survey Publishing & Versions.

Translating the Healthcare Workforce Pulse

The Healthcare Workforce Pulse is available to be created in accounts set to one of the following platform languages: English (US), English (UK), Brazilian Portuguese, French EU, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish EU, Spanish (LATAM), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, Finnish, Korean, Portuguese (EU).

Qtip: You can change your account language in your user settings.

Additionally, you can add translations to the project so that respondents can choose from a language dropdown when taking the survey. You may choose to translate this XM solution through one of the following methods:

  1. Importing a translated language file provided by Qualtrics
  2. Adding translations manually
  3. Using automatic translation
Qtip: When it comes to distributing the survey, Qualtrics offers a number of ways for your respondents to see the survey in a particular language. This depends on the method you use to distribute your project. Respondents have the option to use any of the available survey languages, regardless of which one was initially sent to them. For more information, visit the support page on specifying the participant language.

Method 1: Importing a translated language file

Since the Healthcare Workforce Pulse has been translated into the core languages, you can use Qualtrics-provided translation files to import additional translations to your project. The file contains translations for Brazilian Portuguese, French EU, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish EU, Spanish (LATAM), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, Finnish, Korean and Portuguese (EU). To import your languages correctly, follow the below steps:

  1. Download the language file based on the type of survey method you selected.
  2. Export the translation file for your project from the Translate Survey option in your Survey Tools. See this support page for a step-by-step guide on exporting your translation file.
  3. Copy the desired translations from the file you downloaded in step 1 and paste them into the file exported in step 2. Make sure you paste the translations into their correct columns by matching the language codes.
    Qtip: You only need to copy the languages that you will use.
  4. If needed, make any necessary edits to your translation file.
    Qtip: All of the translations contain {{Company}} in place of your company’s name in the translated text. Make sure to replace this with your company’s name in your translations.
  5. Import your translation file through the Translate Survey option in your Survey Tools. Visit this support page for a step-by-step guide on importing your translation file.

If you’d like to import a translation for a language that is not in the file provided by Qualtrics, see this support page for creating custom translations.

Method 2: Adding translations manually

If you’d like, you can translate each question and answer choice of your survey manually. This method generally takes longer than using the import method above. More information about translating your project manually can be found on this support page.

Method 3: Using Automatic Translation

To speed up your manual survey translation process, you can use the built-in automatic translation feature. The automatic translation feature uses Google Translate to translate your survey. Since this is an automatic translation, it may not be perfectly accurate. Therefore, we do not recommend using this as the final translation you share with respondents. Rather, this feature can save time when working with a professional translator, as they will only need to clean up automatic translation rather than starting from scratch. For more information on using this feature, please refer to the support page on automatic translations.

Distributing the Healthcare Workforce Pulse

When you are ready to distribute the Healthcare Workforce Pulse to your employees, it’s super quick and easy to do so:

  1. Make sure you have published any survey edits.
    Green publish button, upper-right of survey editor
  2. If your changes are published or you don’t have changes to publish, head to the Distributions tab.
    Distributions tab top of survey
  3. Choose Get a single reusable link.
    Green get a reusable link button, right of page, top of 2 buttons stacked on top of each other
  4. You will see the Anonymous Link. This link does not collect any identifying information other than what you explicitly ask for in the survey. You can copy this link and distribute it through your company’s email.
    Anonymous link, center of page
Qtip: If you publish changes, the menu that opens will give you your Anonymous Link.
Survey publish window

Other Methods of Distribution

We recommend using the Anonymous Link method described above, because it’s the quickest and easiest distribution method.

If you are interested in other methods of distribution, such as emailing from Qualtrics, see the Distributions Basic Overview for a list of options. Please note that depending on your license, not all options may be available, and some may be restricted.

Qtip: Remember that the introduction to this survey promises the responses will be anonymous. If you distribute through email to a Qualtrics contact list, results will not be anonymous unless you change the link type while writing the email or chose to anonymize responses in the Survey tab. You can edit the introduction’s wording if needed in the Survey tab.


Premade Reports

Our XM Scientists have developed a special report for this XM Solution. This report gives an overview of the results, and is ready to share as soon as you have collected data.

Reports is last tab. Under that, another reports button, to right of Results. Screenshot shows the report, with a rainbow bar graph

  1. Go to Reports.
  2. Select Reports.
  3. The premade report, Healthcare Workforce Pulse Report, will be the first one that appears!
Qtip: This report will not generate charts and tables until you collect data. Try completing the survey through the preview button if you want to test what these reports look like with data. Remember you can always delete preview data later.
Qtip: The premade report was developed by our top subject matter experts. We advise trying to keep your report as similar to the original template as possible, and not making too many large-scale changes.
Warning: Do not delete the premade report! If you do, this report will not be retrievable, and you will have to make a new one from scratch.

Other Ways to View Data

While Advanced-Reports include an expert pre-made report, this report is limited to showing 250 comments for a given Text Entry question (those are the open feedback questions). In addition, any responses given to the “Other – Please specify” option are also not included in the report by default. To see a full set of responses, you’ll want to use one of the other reporting options described below.

Data & Analysis allows you to edit data, export a spreadsheet of all responses, filter your responses, and much more.

Snapshot of data and analysis page, with filters added to the top

Results-Reports give a quick overview of your data, and do not require you to work from scratch. They have different charts and graphs than Advanced-Reports, and are generally there to help you get quick assessments of data.

Snapshot of results, with red bar graph

Qtip: There is no CX Dashboard associated with this XM Solution. If you are on a Qualtrics license with CX Dashboards, you can map this XM Solution’s data to a dashboard just like any other Qualtrics survey.

Weekly Response Notifications

Qtip: You may not see this functionality yet. That’s because this feature is still gradually rolling out. When the feature is enabled for your COVID-19 XM Solutions, you will see weekly notifications come in on Mondays.

Built into each of the free COVID-19 XM Solutions are weekly reports of how many responses your survey has received in the past week, and how many responses that makes for the survey in total. These notifications come every Monday morning.

Reports are sent as emails and as notifications in your account.

Qtip: Weekly digests are only sent for COVID-19 XM Solutions that are active and have received responses over the last two weeks.

Viewing Reports

Once you receive the email or notification, there are two buttons.

Email listing number of survey responses. Under the text is a blue button, and under that blue text on a white background

Notification as it appears inside a Qualtrics account instead, with same buttons listed

Qtip: If you’re clicking these buttons from your email, you may need to log into your account before you are taken to these tabs.

Unsubscribing from Weekly Notifications

If you no longer wish to receive weekly notifications, you can click unsubscribe at the bottom of the email.

Unsubscribe button at the very bottom of the email

Qtip: This will unsubscribe you from all weekly digests summarizing your COVID-19 XM Solutions. You cannot unsubscribe from a specific project.

Subscribing to Updates

Most users will be subscribed to these weekly notifications automatically. However, if you unsubscribed and find you want to start receiving them again, you can do the following:

Qtip: Users that have 10 or more active surveys that have received responses in the last 2 weeks will not be automatically subscribed.
  1. Go to your Qualtrics account.
  2. In the upper-right corner, click the notifications icon.
    Bell upper-right, once opened, settings gear is below that, further right
  3. Click the settings gear.
  4. Select Digests to subscribe to weekly notifications.
    Digests is listed towards the bottom, one of the last options. Notifications is towards the top, the first option in the panel
  5. You may need to select Notifications first if you at some time or another unsubscribed from all account notifications.

Terms of Use: EX COVID-19 Solutions

Expiry Dates

These expiry dates only apply to customers who sign up from the “Here to Help” or “Return to Work” landing pages or via Qualtrics Surveys. Post expiration, these customers will need to export their data within 6 months or upgrade to a paid EX product.

Qtip: Existing customers will have access to the content for the life of their license with Qualtrics.
  • Return to Work Pulse: The ability to launch new projects expires 30 days after the first Return to Work Pulse project has been launched AND has received a response.
  • Remote + Onsite Work Pulse, Remote Educator Pulse, & Healthcare Workforce Pulse: The ability to launch new projects expires 90 days after the first project has been launched.

Response Limits

  • Existing Qualtrics customers have 500k free responses associated with each Return to Work Pulse (for the first 30 days), Remote + Onsite Work Pulse(for the first 30 days), Remote Educator Pulse, and Healthcare Workforce Pulse COVID-19 solution (each for the first 90 days). After the 30 / 90 day periods are reached, responses will be counted against the total number of purchases response for the license.
  • New customers who sign up from the “Here to Help” or “Return to Work” landing pages with a work email will get their own provisioned brand up to 500k responses total. This is only applicable to the Return to Work Pulse, Remote + Onsite Work Pulse, Remote Educator Pulse, and Healthcare Workforce Pulse solutions.

New customers who sign up from the “Here to Help” or “Return to Work” page with a personal email or indicate the account is for personal use will be provisioned a free account with up to 500 responses for each Return to Work Pulse, Remote + Onsite Work Pulse, Remote Educator Pulse, and Healthcare Workforce Pulse solution. This is also the case for new customers who sign up via Qualtrics Surveys.

Other Free COVID-19 XM Solutions

The following COVID-19 XM Solutions are free, and included in every account. Click the name of the Solution for more guided support:

If you are not an existing Qualtrics user and would like to get access to these solutions, please see this page to sign up for free!