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


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.

The race for better Millennial engagement and overall employee communications has made this question commonplace: When applying for a new position, do you tend to look over the company’s website and social media pages to view their work and corporate culture?

The workplace environment and employee communications are forever changing. The demands on today's managers are more challenging than ever. Bosses are looking for ways to help leaders manage their workflow and employees more effectively. New communication and recruitment tools and apps are helping many accomplish this task.

The Man Who Made the Computer Age Possible

Intel’s Andy Grove pioneered high-stakes, high-speed, high-tech manufacturing — and breathed life into Moore’s Law.

Why have wealth management firms struggled to simplify the advisor and investor experience?

Machine learning algorithms are used to cater to learners and achieve better learning outcomes. But with this new technology comes a responsibility for learning leaders to actively engage in the decision-making process and safeguard the practice.

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