Organizational Vital Signs

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Providing a snapshot of the current organizational climate, the OVS assessment  delivers clear feedback on the drivers of performance in an actionable, practical framework. Used worldwide at organizations ranging from FedEx to the UN, OVS is the best-in-class tool to measure and improve the people-side of performance.

OVS equips your organization or clients to answer essential questions: What people-side factors are driving or limiting your performance? Where are opportunities for growth? What’s next for you to leverage your EQ to improve the people-side of performance and as a result, the bottom line? 

Why OVS?

The Organizational Vital Signs assessment is the ideal blend of simplicity, clarity, and practicality.

OVS is a statistically reliable research process to pinpoint areas assisting and interfering with growth and bottom-line success. Where a typical “staff satisfaction” measure tells you something about contentment, OVS shows you the drivers of performance in an actionable, practical framework.



Creates a strategy that works with and through your people.

Focuses attention on and builds buy-in for change efforts.

Quantifies the people-side of the organization.

Accurately assesses the effectiveness of development initiatives.

Identifies needs and opportunities for training, communication, and development.

Utilizing the core Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Model, the OVS works perfectly with dozens of hours of published curriculum, hundreds of resources, and numerous hands-on tools for implementing EQ.

What is in the OVS?

The OVS begins with an executive summary, provides a simple yet powerful measure of employee engagement, an overall climate snapshot based on the key drivers of performance and current performance outcomes, and introduces a process-framework for action. Additionally, it breaks down the results based on role, organizational unit, or other factors.

Use the form at the bottom of the page to request a report — or even better, request an opportunity to take the assessment and have a debrief to experience the power of this tool.


Sample: Executive Summary 

The OVS starts with a simple, clear introduction to the importance, impact, and current snapshot of the organizational climate.

Sample: Employee Engagement Snapshot 

The OVS provides a snapshot of the current levels of employee engagement. It gives a percentage of employees who are Engaged, Neutral or Disengaged.

Sample: Vital Signs Model 

Then the OVS introduces the Vital Signs model, which consists of the four factors that shape climate – Motivation, Teamwork, Change and Execution – plus an overlay dimension of Trust.

Sample: Overall Climate Snapshot

Using the Vital Signs model, the OVS provides a snapshot of the organizational climate – as well as of the key performance outcomes – Retention, Productivity, Customer Focus and Future Success – that are driven by the 4 VS factors.

Sample: Critical Items and Breakdowns

Finally, the OVS finishes with details explanations the survey questions with the highest and lowest scores, as well as optional breakdowns by role or organizational unit.

How to access the OVS?

For your enterprise: To experience the OVS for your organization, fill in the form below and tell us about your needs. We’ll connect you with a Six Seconds’ Preferred Partner with deep expertise in your sector or application.

For your clients: As a professional working to develop EQ, add the VS toolbox to your practice for a reliable, practical, simple-yet-profound approach. Earn Vital Signs certification through:

Complete Unlocking EQ, Six Seconds’ introductory course, and then a live or virtual Vital Signs Certification, to become an expert in using this remarkable tool.

Read more about VS Certification, and/or see the schedule of upcoming EQ certification programs

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