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I think that the sentence "I think it's very helpful to go out and poll employees anonymously or attributed about how they feel about the project they're on..." means "I think it's very helpful that employees go out and poll anonymously or attribute their opinions about how they feel about the project they're on..."
If so, why the speaker used the past tense of "attribute?" Mispelling?

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Take something like a survey. I think it's very helpful to go out and poll employees anonymously or attributed about how they feel about the project they're on and their management. We actually create a leadership index where we get the answer from everybody who works for someone, and that's a very interesting diagnostic that as we see it change over time, as we compare between the different groups it helps us know where we're doing the right things.
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NL888, welcome to the forums!

At best, it's a typo. However, the use of the word "attribute" is quite odd. Perhaps "assess"?
Hi NL888

I don't think the sentence is terribly well-written. The author probably wanted to talk about publishing specific comments anonymously vs attributing comments to specific people (i.e. not anonymous).
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Oh, I think you're probably right, Amy. It's supposed to be a comparison to the aonymous part - I didn't get that. The last sentence is so poorly worded that it sounds like it was written in haste.
Got it now.
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Yup, the last sentence left me cold, too.
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Is it your paragraph? If so, I'm sorry I spoke so bluntly. That last sentence does need some work though Emotion: smile
NL888I think that the sentence "I think it's very helpful to go out and poll employees anonymously or attributed about how they feel about the project they're on..." means "I think it's very helpful that employees go out and poll anonymously or attribute their opinions about how they feel about the project they're on..."
Hi GG - I think NL888 is asking us for a paraphrase.

Hi NL888,

The quotation reads as if it is a transcription from live speech. When people are speaking without a prepared script, it's not uncommon for the subject to go astray a little. It sounds like someone talking about how an image for a political party is created. I would paraphrase the quotation this way:

Let's consider a survey. I think it is useful for [the employer/manager] to get feedback from employees about the projects they are working on, and how they are being managed. You will get different information when employees speak anonymously than when their employer knows who said what. Both kinds of information are useful.

We gather information about a specific employer from everyone who works for them. The feedback is interesting: as we get different information over time, and as we are able to compare the opinions of different groups of people, we are able to determine whether what we are doing is effective.

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