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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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 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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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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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 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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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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Mar 24 2015

How to Respond to Tough Culture Questions from a Job Candidate

It’s a funny thing really. We share our corporate culture through slick marketing and branding efforts. However, it’s a very different thing to be sitting across from a candidate, fielding culture questions during the interview process.

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Nov 18 2014

3 Ways HR Defines Company Culture

Many will counter and say that HR is not responsible for defining or creating company culture. They’ll say creating company culture is the full duty of leadership, and HR is only obligated for helping to support or maintain a culture. This is not the case.

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Nov 04 2014

How to Blend National Culture with Corporate Culture

If you work in a global firm and have interaction with multiple office locations throughout the world, understanding how national culture and corporate culture can be combined might be a difficult and confusing task, albeit a necessary one at that.

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Sep 30 2014

How to Identify Cultural Fit

We talk about cultural fit often, but what does it really mean? How do we actually assess this during an interview?

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Sep 16 2014

How to Integrate Culture into Your Onboarding Strategy

Onboarding can be quite busy and overwhelming for a new hire. Many will say that HR should focus on getting forms and requirements completed and not worry so much about how a new employee “fits in to the culture” on the very first day. However, no matter how much needs to be discussed, culture should be incorporated into every aspect of the onboarding activities.

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Aug 26 2014

3 Glocalization Strategies HR Can Use Right Now

Your company culture may be the best branding tool you have. This is not the glossy ‘photo shoot’ ready version of what you want to show to the world but rather the true, authentic glimpse of what really goes on behind closed doors.

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Aug 19 2014

How to Align Company Culture with Social Technology Engagement

Using social technology in the workplace is more than just sending out an email telling employees to download and use the latest app. New tools have some amazing features and functionality, but to make social tools work for your workforce, you need to give the technology some “soul.”

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May 13 2014

Onboarding: Joining the Culture Club

Your company culture is unique. It’s the ecosystem, the DNA, and the lifeblood that courses through the veins of your organizational body. Culture is the living, breathing and forever-morphing embodiment of how stuff gets done at your place of business; it’s the traditions, norms, attitudes, and the supported and/or reinforced behaviors of your employees.

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Apr 15 2014

Hiring for Fit: Qualifications with a Mix of Culture

For hiring managers, hiring for a mix of culture and skill fit can be tricky. The goal is to hire the right person for the job, but what does “right” really mean? Everyone has their own definition of “right” and what it means to them, their team, and the organization. However, with consensus on the appropriate mix of cultural fit and skill set, recruiting can find the ideal candidate.

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Mar 18 2014

Choosing the Right Degree to Succeed in HR

A LinkedIn article posed a question on the relevance of business and finance degrees to the HR profession. Are these types of degrees necessary to further a career or help you gain credibility in the boardroom?

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Mar 13 2014

The Evolving Chief Human Resources Officer

We continually talk about transforming HR; however, we rarely hear about shaking up the top—the role of the chief human resource officer (CHRO).

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Mar 06 2014

Achieving Gender Balance in the Work Place

A recent Harvard Business Review article, “Stop ‘Fixing’ Women and Start Fixing Managers” reviews a study on gender parity conducted by Dr. Elisabeth Kelan and King’s College and sponsored by KPMG. The study examined the results of a series of questions posed to 15 CEOs, across industry. “What are your challenges with gender parity in the work place?” According to the study, 3 issues stood out.

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Feb 25 2014

Encouraging Employees to Volunteer? 4 Points to Keep in Mind

Corporate social responsibility is an opportunity to impact the community in a positive way. Many organizations have volunteer programs that encourage employees to participate in activities that give back to those around them. This type of program not only helps to enhance the community but also builds employee engagement.

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Jan 09 2014

Recruiting and Company Culture. Hire to Fit?

Think back to your school days and choosing teams for kickball. Team captains begin picking their friends or those more popular or athletic. This process didn’t mean that the team would win; it just meant they would have more fun and maybe look good doing it. Unlike the game of kickball, the goal in recruiting talent is not to hire the “best looking” team. The goal is is to hire the best employee for the job.

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