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The latest tools and apps for employee communication, video messaging, employee engagement, recruiting, onboarding, retention, and more.


New-hire onboarding is not something you can do with one tool or program. No one manager can successfully onboard and welcome new employees by him or herself. It takes a team effort and aligning messages and goals from the top of your organization down to the new hires.

Advertisers will tell you your brand is everything. Branding and content are essential for selling products—and social media has to play a part in any digital marketing strategy these days—but they’re also crucial for hiring talent and helping your organization grow.

One of the most exciting aspects of employment law is the inexhaustible list of ways that employees find to get themselves—and their employers—into trouble. Recently, we’ve observed an uptick in electronic security breaches, which makes the close of 2018 a perfect time to refresh ourselves on the “do’s” and “don’ts” of cybersecurity.

A few years ago, business leaders and Human Resources professionals found an answer to rising workplace stress, increased incivility, and lowered productivity: mindfulness. Since then, many HR tools and apps are making mindfulness an employee benefit with measurable results.

You’d love to have a modern platform that boosts productivity and engagement. Here’s how to make the case for it.

Let's start this blog post by saying that I have no idea what 2019 specifically holds for HR Training and Compliance Programs – nor does anyone else. If I were that prescient, I'd invest in lottery tickets and hit the beach. However, there are some general trends and corporate realities that give us an idea of where to look for successful start-ups affecting Human Resources and where start-ups are facing trouble.

In November 1888, Willard Le Grand Bundy invented a device that changed the world: The mechanical clock in out machine for workers. The machine was big and heavy, and each worker had their own unique key to punch their time in and out.

The travel company communicates with multiple subsidiaries and offices all over the globe. How does it make its emails more effective in such a large, international organization?

There are a tremendous number of words and phrases being used in today’s workplace to enhance communications best practices. Some have become very familiar: corporate culture, change management, employee communication, business process management, and talent onboarding, to name a few. Corporate culture, in its broadest sense, is an organization’s collective beliefs and practices, which affect its interactions among employees and customers alike. There’s a phrase, “best practices,” that is used in business to define the most effective method to deal with an issue. Some companies become infected with what could be termed “worst practices.”

RIA Tools of the Future, Now

Google Assistant, investing apps, virtual reality tech — clients are using them all. But which new digital tools are vital for advisors? Here’s a breakdown of the eight most-important technologies for 2019 and beyond.

Employee communications tools and apps can make a huge difference in office morale, internal communications, onboarding, recruiting, and many other issues Human Resources professionals work with every day. Here are a few tools and apps developments in particular that made waves in 2018.

You know what gets tech marketers really excited? Telling people in detail about the latest enhancement to their Whatever-as-a-Service platform that increases scalability and extensibility by 4 percent. Plus, the latest integration with Microsoft and the rollout of version 3.2 of their software. And bug fixes…don’t forget bug fixes.

According to the Nemertes 2018-19 Visual Communication and Collaboration Study, over one-third of organizations are planning to expand video employee communications and conferencing technology in large meeting rooms (10+ people). The study, which examined five hundred companies, found that 20% of large conference rooms have video communications capabilities and that number is expected to rise greatly.

AI-driven solution streamlines recruitment processes by automatically screening applicant interviews and objectively identifying top candidates

Employee onboarding has many implications for the future of your company. When new employees join your team, they have certain expectations. Most people are anxious about joining a new team, but your onboarding system can help ease that stress while setting up all newcomers for success. These days, video communications are making employee communications more streamlined, including in the onboarding world.

App Builds Geofence to Track Worker Timecards

It’s 10 a.m.; do you know where your employees are? That’s the question the time tracking mobile app Boomr is trying to help employers answer — virtually.

What Emails Reveal About Your Performance At Work

We all spend an inordinate amount of time at work communicating with others. And we each have our little tricks. Some of us respond so fast it’s like a real-time system; others wait and do it when they have time. Some need “nudges” to respond, while others respond on their own.

Tools and Apps. Everyone knows what the word “app” means. It hasn’t been around since the beginning of time as we know it, but it’s been in use far longer than many realize. According to an article by Thom Holwerda for OS News, the term was initially used in job postings for programmers starting in 1981. The abbreviated form of “applications” was utilized in employee communication and recruiting simply because job postings cost money. The higher the word count, the more expensive the ad. And programmers knew what “apps” stood for.

It seems pretty obvious that health and financial wellness benefits ought to be very popular and should enjoy high levels of employee engagement. Some are popular and do enjoy high levels of engagement, but many don't. To figure out what doesn't work is easiest if we ask which benefits get the most engagement and work backwards from there.

Whether it’s used for recruiting, training or productivity, an element of fun helps get the job done, as these brief case studies illustrate. Mary Poppins would heartily approve.

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