Version 7.75 of the EchoSpan platform is available starting on June 27, 2020. This release includes new features and enhancements to
our 360-degree feedback tool, employee engagement module, administrative
system and reporting suite. As always, new features for the 360 tool are
included at no additional cost in their respective EchoSpan editions.
Brief summaries of the new features and enhancements are below. Once the
release is published, we'll make additional documentation on each of these
items available in the product guides.
You can also sign up for a live session to review the new features with one
of our client managers on
July 14th at 2pm
July 16th at 9:30am
Thank you to all of the program administrators who offered suggestions and
feedback that helped us identify these enhancement opportunities. We're
grateful for the perspective that you offer in continually improving the
7.75 Release Highlights
(P= Professional Edition, E = Enterprise Edition, A = All Editions)
Item and Feature Enhancements
Forced Rank Item Type (P,E)
: We've added a forced rank
that will enable participants to
entered into the system by the administrator. This can be effective for
gathering input on where to focus individual and team efforts.
Formatted Text Paste Behavior (P,E)
: Raters often draft written feedback comments outside of the
application (using Word or other applications) and paste them into the
EchoSpan tool. We've added a
under the Advanced Settings that enables project administrators to
determine how text is formatted by default when it gets pasted into the
system. Sometimes, pasting formatting elements can interfere with or
adversely alter report display (font colors, font sizes, tables). For
this reason, by default, all pasted comments are
converted to plain text, but may be formatted after they've been entered into the application.
Queue All Email (A):
It is now easier to quickly queue email for users from many places in
the admin tool. On the Target and Rater management pages, emails for
all eligible participants can be queued with the click of a
as opposed to queuing page by page. The new "Create Email Messages Now"
has also been added to the email template editor. These features limit
the number of steps required by an administrator in creating messages
for their 360 feedback and employee engagement surveys.
Project Sort Options (A):
in a number of ways within the admin tool, including most recently
accessed. This can be helpful in accounts with a large number of
projects and administrators.
New Hidden Strengths and Blind Spots Setting (P,E)
enables the admin to
hide the Hi/Lo/N
columns from appearing in this report component.
Detailed Group Report Export (E):
includes all scores for the selected group report segmented by Target
and then by item, competency, super-competency and overall. The
detailed group report export is available for up to 7 days in excel or
csv format after a group PDF report is created.
Behavioral Anchor Report Optimization (P,E):
we've added an
to the Individual Review Items Enhanced component that enables the
display of behavioral anchor scale
labels in the report
when this type of
is included in a review.
New Raw Response Data Export Option (P,E):
we've added an
to select a specific question for
rather than export the entire set of survey questions.
How to Upgrade
Once released, the version 7.75 update is automatically applied to any new,
blank project you create. You can also update an existing project by
opening the project and clicking Upgrade Project in the top right of the
project's homepage. This option will only be visible if an update is
available for that project. Upgrades are available to clients without
existing customizations. Note that if you clone a project that uses an
older version of code, the new project will also be based on the older code
and require a manual update.
As always, we appreciate your feedback on our product and services. Please
remember that we offer a question and answer session each week that is an
open forum for customer questions. One of our Senior Client Service
Managers leads the interactive session and will address any product
questions you have. You can sign up for these recurring weekly sessions