HR PRACTICE,EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE
Click Boarding | September 01, 2022
Click Boarding, LLC, the award-winning onboarding and employee experience platform, announced the recent launch of a new brand campaign reflective of today's ongoing talent wars.
Coined the Valley of UncertaintyTM by the company's executive leaders, the concept represents the worrisome time for candidates as they transition from recruitment into the day-to-day business as an employee. It's also when newly hired employees are at the highest risk of leaving an organization. When combined with a lack of investment from leadership, the outlook can be dismal.
To underscore the threat the Valley poses in today's volatile talent market, Click sponsored Boston-based Madeline Laurano of Aptitude Research for an in-depth analysis on the real state of onboarding. Head of Marketing Michelle Graham says although not surprising, the data provided by Aptitude Research was jarring. The report validated our suspicions: onboarding remains stagnant, while other HR technology investments have risen over the past several years. We've always known the first 90 days are critical for retention; this study confirms that the onboarding period is now more important than ever, with deep impacts on an organization's bottom line.
Graham says the campaign kicked off with a Click-hosted webinar on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, with an engaging discussion of the intelligence and statistics featured in Laurano's exclusive report. Additionally, Graham added the campaign includes a Tech Talk on the Valley of Uncertainty at the HR Tech Fall 2022 exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Sept. 13-16, 2022.
About Click Boarding, LLC
Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Click Boarding, LLC is an employee experience platform providing compliant HR solutions that impact first-year employee growth and retention. With a seamless, mobile-first platform, we help leading enterprise organizations deliver modern, guided lifecycle experiences throughout the entire employee journey, from preboarding to offboarding. Our technology and unparalleled expertise help Fortune 500 companies achieve a higher return on investment.
First Advantage | September 02, 2022
First Advantage Corporation, a leading global provider of HR technology solutions for screening, verifications, safety, and compliance, today announced the opening of a new office in Kraków, Poland.
With a reputation as an emerging tech hub in Europe, the expansion into Kraków furthers First Advantage’s commitment to developing and delivering innovative solutions and insights that help customers manage risk and hire the best talent across the globe. To better serve its global client base, First Advantage is currently hiring technology, customer care, and operations positions for the modern facility located in the heart of downtown at High Five Office ul. Pawia 9 Kraków.
“We are excited to expand our global footprint and to tap into the vast technology talent in the region, This new facility enables us to continue to deliver a superior customer experience and bring our suite of HR technology solutions to businesses of all sizes. This represents another step in our global strategy to help our clients hire smarter and onboard faster.”
-Scott Staples, CEO at First Advantage
As one of the largest workplace human resource screening providers in the world, First Advantage has a presence in 19 countries and 29 offices across the globe.
About First Advantage
First Advantage is a leading global provider of HR technology solutions for screening, verifications, safety, and compliance. The Company delivers innovative solutions and insights that help customers manage risk and hire the best talent. Enabled by its proprietary technology, First Advantage’s products and solutions help companies protect their brands and provide safer environments for their customers and their most important resources: employees, contractors, contingent workers, tenants, and drivers. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, First Advantage performs screens in over 200 countries and territories on behalf of its more than 33,000 customers.
HR PRACTICE,REMOTE WORKFORCE
ChartHop | September 12, 2022
ChartHop, the leader in people analytics transforming the way companies manage and support their people, today announced its recognition as one of Quartz's Best Companies for Remote Workers in 2022. This marks ChartHop's first year on the list of top-ranked companies for remote workers who are embracing the future of distributed work.
"As a remote-first company, ChartHop leads with the guiding principles of transparency, trust, and inclusion to ensure employees feel engaged and valued, This achievement underscores our commitment to investing in our employees and providing the support they need to grow personally and professionally in a remote environment. ChartHop will continue to champion remote employees and develop solutions to support a distributed workforce."
-Ian White, founder and CEO of ChartHop
In a recent McKinsey & Company survey, 35% of respondents reported that they work fully remote, while 23% work in a hybrid environment. The adoption of remote and hybrid work environments continues to grow as organizations look to create new work norms. This recognition further emphasizes ChartHop's commitment to empowering all organizations and their people, from executives to individual contributors to every employee in between, with the People data and solutions they need to thrive in a remote work environment.
Companies at the vanguard of remote work helped show everyone else how to do it. Now we are seeing their best practices replicated across industries, at companies of all sizes, The companies on our ranking are putting their remote policies to use as a recruiting and retention play, as a tool for diversifying their talent pool, and as a performance strategy. Our second annual ranking honors businesses that have gone above and beyond in ensuring that their remote workers have the tools they need, from technology stipends to wellness perks, to do their jobs effectively,said Quartz executive editor Heather Landy.
Employers were invited to apply for recognition in the second global ranking of best companies for remote workers, conducted through a survey that assesses employee sentiment and company practices to determine recognition and ranking. The full ranking for 2022 can now be found on the Quartz website.
The recognition comes following a year of significant growth for ChartHop, including its new offering, Compensation Reviews, and acquisition of Gather, a people operations workflow builder. In addition, ChartHop welcomed key executives, Ivori Johnson, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB), Matt Wolf, Chief Financial Officer, Justin Garrity, Vice President of Product, and Paul Szemerenyi, Chief Sales Officer.
About Quartz Media:
Quartz is a digitally native news organization with a mission to make business better. Our journalists around the world specialize in analysis of the global economy for an audience of purpose-driven professionals. We help our readers discover new industries, new markets, and new ways of doing business that are more sustainable, innovative, and inclusive. Quartz is the top business publication for global executives ages 25-45, and we have been a pioneer in premium, mobile-first, native advertising experiences since our founding in 2012.
ChartHop is transforming the way companies manage and support their people. By seamlessly consolidating and visualizing disparate sources of people data into one powerful people analytics platform, ChartHop creates more informed, empowered, and connected organizations. From executives to individual contributors to every employee in between, ChartHop is designed for everyone in the organization.
ChartHop plays well with dozens of platforms through robust integrations across the HR tech stack, and serves companies like 1Password, BetterCloud, Starburst, and InVision. Founded in 2019 by Ian White, ChartHop is backed by Andreessen Horowitz.
Modern Health | September 08, 2022
Modern Health, a leading workplace mental health platform supporting enterprises globally, today published a wide-ranging study of executives, HR decision makers, managers and employees to examine the state of employee mental health in the workplace. The research, commissioned by Modern Health and conducted by Forrester Consulting for the second year in a row, set out to uncover how employers are responding to employees' dramatically increasing needs for mental health support after several years of an unrelenting global pandemic, political and social unrest, economic uncertainty, and much more.
The survey of 1,700+ employees, including managers, non-manager employees, C-level executives, and HR leaders, found that employees and employers both recognize that mental health benefits are an integral part of a healthy, productive workplace culture, but have widely differing perceptions of if and how the current standard of benefits is meeting employee needs. While 84% of employers plan to increase or enhance employee mental health benefits in the next year, there is still a significant gap in how employees perceive their employer's commitment to mental health and wellness. Seventy-four percent of employees report wanting their employer to care about their mental health, but only half (53%) feel that they actually do.
"The past few years have left many of us feeling burnt out, exhausted, and stressed, so it's not surprising that the topic of mental health has been forced into the spotlight. We're seeing a bigger need for support as more people speak out about their mental health challenges but despite this progress, people around the world are still struggling to access care that meets their needs, We are at a critical inflection point where organizations need to shift from the mindset of providing mental health support as a crisis response to it being an integrated and strategic part of the employee experience. Done right, the end result means both the companies and the human beings who make them run are more connected and engaged."
-Alyson Watson, founder and CEO at Modern Health
Shift from Crisis to Culture: Closing the Gap
Employers are recognizing the stress that their workforces are currently under with three out of four employers (75%) recognizing that the current state of the U.S. economy is causing employee anxiety. However, only 45% have already taken steps to address this anxiety. As companies and their employees adapt and evolve toward the future of work, long-term success requires both an investment in mental health and a workforce equipped, encouraged, and willing to prioritize it. This happens when companies move from viewing mental health as a crisis response to a permanent, values-based commitment to employee well-being. The first step is closing the gap between employer and employee perception. According to our research, 85% of employers feel they actively listen to the needs of employees, but only 51% of employees agree. Similarly, only 46% of employees believe their company invests enough in the mental health of employees, while a significant 81% of employers believe they invest enough.
Additionally, while around two in three employees report feeling connected, supported, and seen at work, when employers were asked the same question, they significantly overstated how their employees feel by at least 20% on every metric. For example, only 59% of employees reported feeling seen by their company and colleagues for their unique contributions to work, while 85% of employers said their employees felt seen.
The Need to Clear a Path
In order to create a workforce that is creative, adaptive, and resilient, the report advises that business leaders need to create a path that allows employees to use their mental health benefits without fear of reprisal or negative stigma. For employee behavior to scale across the organization, that behavior needs to be messaged, modeled, enabled, and permitted repeatedly to employees. One troublesome finding is that only 51% of employees feel safe in their role if their mental health status were to be revealed.
Compared to the 2021 study, employees are even more desperate for a culture that embraces mental health acceptance and support. A year ago, employees were asking for more mental health support in the workplace. Today, their desire goes beyond simply implementing benefits—they want to feel empowered and encouraged to utilize these tools and want their leaders to acknowledge and reduce barriers to access. Last year, 64% of employees felt they had workday flexibility to care for mental health needs, while only 54% feel that way today. And more than two thirds (68%) of employees felt like their work culture was a safe place to discuss mental health and ask for support in 2021, but only 51% agree today. These trends are moving in the wrong direction. According to our findings, a full 77% of employers say they will provide mental health support to their employees, but they think it's up to the employee to use their benefits and managers shouldn't be expected to encourage them.
Leadership modeling is also a critical component to employees feeling comfortable using mental health benefits to their fullest. According to the survey, the vast majority of leaders (80%) feel like they are expressing their own vulnerability when it comes to mental health, but employees do not see, hear, or feel that vulnerability coming through, since only 30% of employees agree.
At the same time, 74% of employers think employees are uncomfortable hearing about their colleagues' mental health, but only 31% of employees said it actually makes them uncomfortable.
Now is Not the Time to Lose The High Performers
In an increasingly uncertain economic environment, companies can't afford to lose their high performing employees. Making up a third of the global workforce, high performers can be described as highly engaged, deeply committed and able to do their job consistently well. When examining the high performers in the study, it found that they are working more hours and are even more productive than last year, but are also burnt out. Despite a reported high enthusiasm for their jobs (76%), more than half (53%) of these high performers report feeling burned out in their roles. The good news is that employees reported again this year they would be more likely to stay at a company that provides high-quality resources for them to care for their mental health.
The Cost of Doing Nothing
While part of the case for mental health benefits is a positive return on the company bottom line, 72% of employers fear that focusing on mental health could have a reverse ROI with employees working fewer hours in order to care for their mental health and being less available. The research shares that the cost of supporting employees' mental health is a fraction of the cost that a company will bear over the long run if its workforce doesn't have the appropriate mental, physical, and emotional resources to excel at work. The benefits of a whole, complete, and "well" workforce reach far beyond incremental productivity improvements. In fact, the impacts can be felt across talent acquisition and retention, belonging, performance, engagement, profitability, and long-term growth.
In this study, Forrester conducted an online survey of 1,207 employees and managers ("employees") and 519 HR leaders and C-level executives ("employers") at organizations in the United States to evaluate the current state of mental health among employers and employees. Respondents were offered a small incentive as a thank-you for time spent on the survey. The study began in June 2022 and was completed in July 2022.
About Modern Health
Modern Health is the comprehensive mental health and wellness platform that combines the WHO well-being assessment, self-service wellness kits, a global network of certified coaches, and licensed therapists, all available in a single app. Modern Health empowers employers to lead the charge in acknowledging that mental health is just as important as physical health, destigmatizing the conversation, and increasing accessibility of mental health services for all. Founded in 2017, Modern Health incorporates evidence-based psychology principles and seamless technology to serve the needs of companies globally. Headquartered in San Francisco, Modern Health has raised more than $172 million from Founders Fund, Battery Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Afore Capital, MGV, Frederic Kerrest (co-founder of Okta), and 01 Advisors.