Apr 10 2017

HR Cloud Supports Demo Day at USC

Partnering with Blackstone Launchpad’s event showcasing USC Student & Alumni startups.

Los Angeles, CA - The 2017 USC Demo Day held on Friday April 7th, brought together 80 USC affiliated startups that included student and alumni exhibitors, nearly 100 local VCs + investors and had over 600 attendee registrations. The expo area was open twice throughout the day and it was a lively environment fueled by Red Bull and Soylent. The investor panel was an insightful forum for students to learn from founders and experienced executives and an angel investment seminar that was kicked off by a shark tank style pitch from several promising companies, that included Fund3 and Drops.

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Mar 29 2017

Connecting a Workmates Culture: Employee Retention

Conserve and Preserve Valuable Employees

Do you remember the first time you heard about scooters zipping through the halls of Corporate America? What about those nerf gun office battles? You don’t have to be Google or Facebook to have these kinds of perks or attract the best talent.

Employee turnover is something that every company experiences it’s inevitable. Whether you’re a small or large business, losing a valuable team member can have damaging effects. It can also be costly. Case studies from the last decade note that replacing an employee costs 1/5 of that employee’s yearly salary.

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Mar 14 2017

Generating a Workmates Culture: Events & Polls

Streamlining Communication Between You and Your Workmates

Clear and concise communication is imperative for any roll in a business, and the quality of a company’s internal communication sets the stage for the its future. Communication is something we do reflexively; however, doing it effectively can take a bit of finesse. If you’re able to communicate well, you can eliminate misunderstandings and help create a healthy work environment. As much as we may strive to clearly convey our ideas to our workmates, long email threads or word-of-mouth conversations can muddle the original meaning. An effective way to communicate—even the most minute piece of information—is through Workmates.

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Mar 07 2017

Showcasing a Workmates Culture: Work Anniversaries & Birthdays

Celebrating Your Workmates

Back in the day, in an unconnected offline environment, a milestone such as retirement was often celebrated in the workplace with a symbolic token, like the classic gold watch..

 The 30-year, or even 10-year, work anniversary is now a rare experience. Length of job tenure has dropped dramatically over the past couple decades, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to find out that among employees born between 1980 and 1996, 60% are open to a new job.

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Feb 23 2017

Creating a Workmates Culture: Kudos

Cultivating an Environment of Recognition

We all crave positive feedback in the workplace. Whether it’s managers or peers recognizing the extra effort we put in, a simple “job well done!” gives us a boost of confidence and reassurance that we love and need.

But sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the everyday work grind and possible to unconsciously miss opportunities to recognize our peers on going above and beyond. These hardworking, overlooked individuals tend to become less engaged over time, inevitably affecting their performance or satisfaction.

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Feb 14 2017

Encouraging a Workmates Culture: New Hire & Company Announcements

Sparking a Sense of Community, One Post at a Time

At some point, we’ve all been pulled into a quick company pow-wow to meet the new hire. And while welcoming a new team member aboard as a group adds a sense of community to the company, schedules often conflict, leaving key members out of the loop.  Communicating effectively and efficiently in larger groups tends to be tricky, making it easy for new hire announcements, and even simple day-to-day messages to fall through the cracks.

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Feb 07 2017

Building Up a Workmates Culture: Leave Status

Keeping Your Workmates In The Loop

How many times have you seen a picture of a colleague on popular social media channel showing her snowboarding or basking in the sun on a beautiful beach before you even knew she’d be out of the office? You may find yourself asking, “Where’s Bob?” or “Will Susan be reachable while she’s out of the office?”

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Feb 01 2017

Nurturing a Workmates Culture: Company Directory

The single biggest factor that makes a company thrive is its people. A solid workforce strengthens its teams, develops new ideas, keeps its leaders accountable and takes ownership of the organization’s trajectory. Keeping people informed and teams communicating effectively and swiftly is at the core of a strong organization. As Entrepreneur Magazine notes, company culture has proven to be a “must-have” rather than a “nice-to-have.”

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Jan 10 2017

HR Cloud Social Is Now Workmates

HR Cloud Social is Now ‘Workmates’

Workmates is the new team engagement app that fosters culture and recognition developed by HR Cloud.

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Jun 01 2016

The SHRM Engagement Sessions You Can’t Miss (and why)

There are more than 30 sessions at SHRM featuring employee engagement. You think that’s a lot? There are over 150 exhibitors at SHRM focused on employee engagement. Employee engagement is more than a buzzword. Here’s what you can expect to learn about the subject at SHRM.

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May 18 2016

HR Trends: The Consumerization of HR

According to a Gallup poll, only 32% of workers identify themselves as engaged employees, while 51% identify themselves as not engaged and 17% identify themselves as actively disengaged. HR managers tasked with the job of effecting change in this environment must turn to new methodologies to engage employees more fully. To this end, a growing trend in HR is consumerization.

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Apr 28 2016

Understanding "Leadership BS"

Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer has disturbed many managers with his new book Leadership BS. In the book he observes that while our leadership programs tell aspiring young managers to be virtuous, the data shows that most successful leaders diverge significantly from the saintly path. It’s easy to draw the conclusion that Pfeffer is advising leaders to get ahead by acting badly. That’s why people are upset.

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Apr 05 2016

6 Tips to Improve Your Company Culture

Employee turnover is one of the most vexing problems HR professionals face. But it's not all doom and gloom. Improving your company culture can help you keep valuable employees engaged, satisfied, and stoked to stay with your organization for the long haul.

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Mar 16 2016

A Surefire Way to Engage a Multi-Generational HR Team

Corporate mentoring is on the rise and in fact, 71% of Fortune 500 companies offer mentoring programs to their employees. 

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Mar 02 2016

HR Manager Named Among Best Jobs

The changing HR landscape is putting HR management front and center among desired positions in today's job market. According to recent research, HR managers rank as number six, sharing the spotlight with such popular professions as data scientists and mobile developers.

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Feb 16 2016

2016 HR Technology Trends Wrap Up

With fifteen years of the 21st century now in the past, HR is poised to benefit from emerging technologies more than ever before. Innovations in the field of HR technology are likely to spawn a steady uptake in adoption rates in 2016 and beyond. Here are some tech trends making splashes this year.

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Feb 03 2016

Toxic Workers. Are Your Most Productive Employees Costing You Money?

Conventional wisdom holds that finding a productive employee is the Holy Grail for HR professionals. However, a recent Harvard Business School study turns that notion on its head.

While it is still important to look at a potential hire's probable productivity, the study reveals that a surprising relationship exists between toxicity and productivity.

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Jan 26 2016

Engaged Employees are Healthier, Study Shows

Employers have known for some time that employee engagement is essential to the overall financial health of a business. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 70% of employees are either "not engaged" or "actively disengaged," costing the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity.

However, it is not just businesses that become "healthy" with increased employee engagement. A 2015 Gallup poll reveals a strong correlation between engagement and employee health as well.

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Jan 19 2016

Five Ways to Improve Productivity in HR

For business leaders, productivity is a much beloved word. But how do you improve productivity in HR? Here are five smart approaches I’ve seen from HR leaders seeking to get more output from their department.

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Jan 06 2016

Your CEO Hasn't Decided to Use HR Software Yet. Now What?

You're an HR manager and you know that the right HR software can streamline your workload. This is important because it seems as if every year, new responsibilities are added onto the already full plate of the HR professional.

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Dec 15 2015

How HR Can Make Engagement Relevant to Managers

Everyone wants engaged employees. But let’s face it, when HR shows leadership an engagement score, what do they get? —Maybe a blank stare, questions about the numbers, changing the subject... What’s up with that? Well, the main reason engagement takes managers out of their comfort zone is they don’t get how to change engagement. Let’s fix that. 

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Dec 04 2015

Millennial Engagement at the Speed of a Facebook “Like”

Lying dormant inside the managers of Millennials is a super power that HR needs to know about. It’s one that encourages leaps and bounds in productivity across a team. 
What is this super power?

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Nov 17 2015

Is it Time for Your Company to do a Cultural Assessment?

Those of us who work in human resources talk about company culture a lot. A heck of a lot. But let’s face it, for all the talk, company culture is tricky to define.

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Nov 04 2015

5 Most Important HR Stats of 2015

We’re now nearly through 2015, so let’s look at some of the most important statistics about HR reported in the media so far. 

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Oct 27 2015

HR Cloud Launches New Engagement Platform at HR Tech

HR Cloud drew the attention of HR Tech attendees with the release of its new Engagement Platform. Hundreds of demos were conducted at the HR Cloud booth, and HR pros flocked to the Demo Hall to see HR Cloud’s presentation.

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Oct 08 2015

Great HR is Technology Driven HR - #HRTechConf

I had a conversation with a colleague the other day about the upcoming HR Technology Conference and Exposition. “Do HR practitioners attend?” he asked. “I always thought that conference was for IT people.”

I had to set him straight.

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Sep 29 2015

So You Want Productive Employees?

A recent Forbes article fills us in on the secret of ultra-productive people. Funny thing is that many of the “11 Things Ultra-Productive People Do Differently” go against the grain. What if an employee is super productive but doesn’t work in “the way things are done” at the company?

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Sep 23 2015

Building a Big Employment Brand in a Small Company

HR leaders know that they need a strong employment brand to attract talent. That is easy enough if you are Google or Goldman Sachs, but what if you are a small company unknown to the general public? The good news is that building a strong brand is easier than you might think.

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Sep 08 2015

Onboarding: 3 Reasons You Should Treat Employees like Customers

When we're selling to customers, we try to determine everything they'll want. After all, if we make the sale, they’ll keep coming back for more. Customer loyalty is huge in a competitive market. Tying down any loose ends and connecting on every level helps your organization achieve success. Looking for the same results with your employees? Striving for a higher level of engagement? Deeper level of loyalty? Off the charts creativity?

Serve your employees the way you serve your customers.

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Sep 02 2015

Rebranding Human Resources. Let’s Get Real

There are few, if any, corporate functions that discuss changing their name as frequently as does human resources. Even those functions that decide to undergo this transformative process usually do so for just a subset of their team.

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Aug 25 2015

Jump Start Your Onboarding with These Tips from Universities

When I went to university I arrived without knowing a soul. That’s not how it works anymore. Smart universities have realized that they can get a head start on onboarding long before a new student reaches campus. Not surprisingly, the key to this is social media.

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Aug 19 2015

Connect With Millennial Consumers Using These 5 Branding Shifts

Technology, social media, and the Millennial generation have ushered in a new era of branding. An era that requires greater transparency, digital know-how, and an unshakeable sense of who your customer is and the value you provide.

As the world turns, so must brands turn the page on their branding efforts. For HR this means changing your branding efforts to engage Millennials, job-seekers in particular.

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Aug 11 2015

HR Cloud Featured on The Tim Sackett Project

Tim Sackett has nothing but good things to say in his review of HR Cloud in his blog series T3 – Talent Tech Tuesday.

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Aug 05 2015

HR Cloud Demos New HR Software at Giants Game

HR Cloud hosted a highly attended event for Bay Area tech companies on July 27, filling up an executive suite at the San Francisco Giants game. HR pros who attended got a look at HR Cloud’s new HR software, and as a bonus, celebrated the Giants’ 4-2 win over the Brewers.

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Jul 29 2015

3 Huge Benefits of Building Virtual “Water Coolers”

One of the aims of any well-planned onboarding program is ensuring that new hires forge connections with existing employees. This paves the way for effective working relationships. It also, in a very human way, reinforces the company culture, as current employees will demonstrate the values, beliefs, and behaviors embedded within the organization. Here’s how you can make sure employees develop lasting connections when they start their new job.

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Jul 21 2015

How Multitasking is Thwarting Your Productivity

What do leprechauns, the lock-ness monster, and multitasking all have in common? They’re all myths. Your colleague can’t multitask, you can’t multitask...no one can. Even the tech-savvy, multi-device-juggling Millennials can't multitask. Yet on a daily basis we cling to the multitasking myth as we work across multiple devices and systems trying to squeeze more productivity out of our day.

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Jul 14 2015

Can HR Software Really Change Company Culture?

HR software brings about change. It changes HR processes. It changes the way HR looks at data. And it changes procedures for employees. But can software impact culture? And can it change culture for the better?

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Jul 06 2015

HR Cloud Launches New HR Software at SHRM 15

SHRM 15 was one of the best conferences yet for HR Cloud. In general, attendees said the new HR software apps rocked. And reaction to the new booth design was stellar.

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Jun 23 2015

HR Cloud Set to Release New Apps at SHRM 15

Adding to its portfolio of HR software, HR Cloud is launching several awesome new apps at SHRM 15, including Directory, Social, Benefits, Assets, Time Off, and Offboard.

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Jun 17 2015

6 Tips to Make the Most of #SHRM15

The SHRM 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition is right around the corner and I, for one, look forward to taking the trip to Las Vegas. I know we all want to get as much as we can out of SHRM. That's why I put together 6 tips to get the most out of the expo hall. And as a bonus I included a preview of the HR technology sessions, too. Check it out.

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Jun 10 2015

Your CEO Wants HR Software. Now What? Your Guide to Moving Forward.

Great news! As an HR pro you’ve presented your business case to company top dogs and got the go-ahead for a new HR technology solution. Or perhaps the CEO identified a business need and asked you to find an HR solution.

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Jun 02 2015

How to Turn Employees into Brand Ambassadors

A group that owns several restaurants and pubs recently embarked on an initiative to train employees. But these employees weren’t going to be trained like everyone else. They were going to be trained to be brand ambassadors. Here's how.

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May 26 2015

4 Ways to Move Millennials from Underemployed to Hyper-Utilized

Most managers who see an empty chair at a Millennial’s desk or see them sinking a lot of time into social media while on the job would chalk the behavior up to lazy or lack of focus. I, on the other hand, would say it’s because the Millennial is underemployed.

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May 19 2015

HR Software. Will Technology Swallow Up HR?

Is software about to eat HR? The question, raised in a LinkedIn forum, was in reference to to Marc Andreesen’s iconic comment, “Software is eating the world.”Andreessen said that not only are more and more businesses being run on software but entire industries are being disrupted by software. So what about human resources? Is software, and all the “disruption” it brings, about to swallow up HR?

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May 13 2015

4 Ways HR Can Impact Culture and Engagement Now

For the first time this year, culture and engagement was rated the most important issue overall in Deloitte’s 2015 Global Human Capital Trends report. Surprising?

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May 05 2015

How HR Can Be the Driver of the SaaS Mindset

Do you know why HR is moving to the cloud? Well, research is showing us that the reasons include the ability to “boost innovation, increase flexibility, and control costs.”

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Apr 28 2015

4 Workspace Elements Sure To Engage The Millennial Worker

The envelope of today's workspaces are being pushed further and further. Facebook recently moved into their new 430,000 square foot “garden-roofed fantasyland” office. Apple has plans for a new Cupertino campus that resembles a giant alien spacecraft. And a new Mountain View headquarters at Google will have miles of super-transparent glass and an interior workspace that can be reshaped by cranes and robots according to the company’s needs.

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Apr 21 2015

HR Cloud Launches Company Directory

HR Cloud announces the release of Company Directory, the latest addition to its suite of cloud apps. Company Directory, a true team-building app, gives employees a fun and easy way to store important information about colleagues, discover shared interests, and build relationships. Employees can display their profile picture, contact information, and share who they are. Team members can also use the employee search to easily find colleagues in the directory.

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Apr 14 2015

How to Build Culture in a Telecommuting Environment

Nearly 3% of the US workforce telecommutes. That might not sound like much but telework grew a whopping 80% from 2005 to 2012. Whoa! As the number of telecommuting employees grows, how has that that affected your company culture?

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Apr 07 2015

HR Tech Europe Conference Wrap Up

HR Cloud made its official debut in London at the recent #HRTechEurope conference. Our product lineup, including Core HR, Onboard, Company Directory, and Leave Requests, was a hit. Not only was the product well received, so was the HR Cloud Launch Party.

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