RECRUITMENT & RETENTION
Oyster | December 03, 2021
Oyster®, the company that makes hiring people around the world compliant, human, and delightful is helping companies and contractors to work together quicker and easier than ever before. Oyster for Contractors covers the essential needs for compliant contracts, fast e-signatures, accurate payouts, and tax form collection all in one place.
When hiring contractors, companies are often under pressure to either put up with lengthy onboarding processes or hire quickly at the risk of compliance and payment accuracy. Contractors also face unnecessary stress, wondering when and how they'll be paid for their work. In the world of distributed work, companies increasingly need the ability to hire quickly, compliantly, and safely pay their contractors anywhere in the world, using any currency and with a transparent currency exchange rate. Likewise, contractors need to be able to focus on the job they were hired to do, instead of worrying about being paid on time.
Oyster for Contractors provides a speedy, streamlined experience for companies and contractors. Instead of days, onboarding new contractors only takes a few minutes. The new product facilitates a smooth experience across hiring, payroll, and tax compliance, the latter of which is made easy by the inclusion of relevant forms such as the U.S. IRS' Form 1099. Companies can engage contractors who live in countries outside of where those companies maintain their own entities — for example, a U.S.-based company engaging with contractors in Spain. Similarly, Oyster for Contractors can also support companies that wish to engage in-country contractors, such as a U.S.-based company engaging a U.S.-based contractor.
"Providing everyone access to great job opportunities, irrespective of location, is key to the work revolution we're all living in today. Accessing the global talent pool, however, still comes with certain challenges, particularly for companies hiring contractors. Many companies continue to deal with inconsistent hiring processes and compliance risk, With Oyster for Contractors, both contractors and companies can put their minds at ease, knowing they will have a smooth and seamless experience. This follows our commitment to democratizing access to both talent and careers globally."
- Jack Mardack, Cofounder of Oyster®.
Oyster® is on a mission to create a more equal world by making it possible for companies everywhere to hire people anywhere. The company's distributed HR platform allows companies to deliver locally compliant payroll and benefits, as well as a smooth onboarding experience to full-time employees and contractors regardless of their location. The company was founded in January 2020 by Tony Jamous and Jack Mardack, and Oyster is itself a fully distributed company with employees all over the world. It raised a series A round of $20M in February 2021, which was followed in June by a series B round of $50M.
RECRUITMENT & RETENTION
AstrumU | December 02, 2021
AstrumU, a Seattle-based startup that is pioneering the use of machine learning to forecast the value of educational experiences in the labor market, has announced its collaboration with Missouri's Park University aimed at supporting active-duty military members on their campus. Using the AstrumU platform, military students will gain insight into how their skillsets translate into civilian career paths along with data-driven recommendations for education and training options to support their transition into high-growth industries.
"For military-connected learners and veterans, the challenge of transitioning to civilian life and careers can be daunting. At the same time, military-earned skills and experiences are also surprisingly adaptable to a wide variety of career paths with the right combination of education and career navigation, This work is about helping current and former men and women in uniform to make well-informed choices about their education investments and career plans as they transition to the civilian workforce."
- Shane Smeed, Park University Interim President.
More than 200,000 men and women in uniform leave the military for civilian careers every year, a transition process that can be complex and difficult to navigate. Using a career advising platform, active-duty service members and veterans will gain personalized guidance on the education and training programs that can help them upskill or retrain for roles in the civilian labor market.
Over its more than 145 year history, Park University has developed a strategic focus on serving a demographically diverse population of working adults, veterans, and other post-traditional learners, reflecting the growing number of adult, online, and part-time learners in higher education today. The average age of its students is 31, and 55% of its students are active-duty servicemembers or veterans.
Park's new collaboration with AstrumU builds on its long-term commitment to serving active-duty military service members and veterans, embodied by the Park University Global Warrior Center, a one-stop shop for military students and families that provides dedicated support staff with military service knowledge, career advising, and other specialized support services.
To create personalized career recommendations, AstrumU's platform ingests verified data directly from employers, educational providers, and participating service members to understand and predict how specific skills, credentials, and experiences translate into career outcomes.
"Each year, hundreds of thousands of active-duty service members leave the military to begin new civilian career paths, and it can often be a major challenge to understand how military experiences translate to civilian industries, This work is about empowering military-connected learners and veterans with the insights they need to chart a course to career and economic mobility after completing their military service."
- Adam Wray, CEO of AstrumU.
About Park University:
Founded in 1875 in Parkville, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, Park University is a nonprofit, private institution that is a national leader in higher education. In 2000, Park achieved university status and currently serves more than 13,250 students at 41 campuses in 22 states and online, including Parkville, Independence and Kansas City, Mo.; Lenexa, Kan.; Gilbert, Ariz.; Barstow and Victorville, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio; Austin and El Paso, Texas; and 31 military installations across the country.
AstrumU translates educational experiences into economic opportunity. We are on a mission to quantify the return on education investment for learners, education providers, and employers. We help institutions measure the value created for incoming and returning students, while assisting them in securing industry partnerships that lead students seamlessly into high-demand career pathways. Institutions partner with AstrumU to drive enrollment and increase alumni and corporate engagement, while extending economic mobility opportunities inclusively to all learners.
Staffbase | December 01, 2021
Staffbase, a leading provider of digital solutions for internal communications, announces the acquisition of Valo Solutions, the leading provider of intranets and workplace solutions for Microsoft 365, SharePoint, and Microsoft Teams.
This acquisition further strengthens the commitment to fully support employee communications teams that work within the Microsoft 365 environment. Gartner estimates that Microsoft owns nearly 90 percent of the productivity software market and since Covid-19 began to affect workplaces around the world, the number of Teams users expanded from 75 million in April 2020 to 145 million as of April 2021.
Acquisition creates the world's largest and fastest growing internal communications company.
Recognizing that Microsoft 365 is central to most digital workplace strategies, Staffbase and Valo unite to make a difference in the way people experience work by providing a world-class employee communication and engagement platform for Microsoft 365 users. Transparent internal communication and great employee experience leads to improved employee well-being, motivation, and efficient workflow. From content creation to sharing, design, and measurement, the joint offering will empower organizations to deliver timely, impactful communication to their employees anywhere, anytime, on any device.
"The Valo team has built an incredible company with a unique culture and the best talent in the industry with deep knowledge of the Microsoft ecosystem, Together, with the highly engaged global Valo partner network, we will elevate communication and employee experience across all major internal comms channels, including intranets, SharePoint, Teams, employee apps, email, and digital signage."
- Staffbase CEO and co-founder, Martin Böhringer.
"I feel that something unique has been born. Together we make a difference for over five million users' workplace experiences worldwide. Combining the two technically robust platforms to complete the seamless employee experience offers both Staffbase and Valo users great possibilities for meeting the ever-changing needs of a world that requires more personalized and agile digital communication solutions in hybrid workplaces, I am most thrilled about the opportunity for our talented people to have a global impact on the future of internal communications."
- Valo CEO Marc Josefsson.
Two Award-winning IC Providers
Valo has received several awards in recent years, being selected three times as Best Intranet/Extranet Solution by the European SharePoint Community and as the Intranet Choice — Value Award by UK-based independent intranet consultancy company ClearBox Consulting. Staffbase has been rated as the best employee communication software in several G2 categories, such as Enterprise Leader, High Performer, and Best Support, and received the ClearBox 2021 Global Employee App Choice Award and MarCom's 2021 Gold Award for the Best App for Business. Customers will continue using their trusted providers and will eventually have access to a fully integrated multichannel internal communication platform under the Staffbase brand.
About Valo Solutions
Valo Solutions is an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) from Helsinki, Finland, established in 2001. Based on Microsoft 365 services, such as SharePoint and Microsoft Teams, Valo offers the digital workplace for employees to fall in love with. With offices in Australia, Canada, Finland, and Poland, Valo provides solutions for more than 900 customers and three million happy end-users in 50 different countries. Please visit valosolutions.com for more information.
Staffbase is one of the fastest growing, most experienced internal communications platform providers for enterprise companies. The mobile compatibility of the company's platform allows employers to securely reach their employees everywhere with reduced complexity — whether in the office, at home, on the factory floor, or on the road. Staffbase solutions give employees greater access to the corporate information that's relevant to them, along with tools for the modern digital workplace, including existing intranets. With headquarters in Chemnitz, Germany, and offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Kelowna, London, Munich, New York City, and Vancouver, Staffbase provides branded solutions for more than 1,000 leading companies worldwide who are transforming their employee communications, including Adidas, Audi, Paulaner, Spark Power, UC Health, US LBM, and Vestas. Staffbase was recently awarded the 2021 Global Employee App Choice by Clearbox Consulting and is once again the #1 Employee Communications Software on G2.