Bonfyre Tackles Local Remote Worker Isolation and Improves Employee Engagement as COVID-19 Disrupts Workplace Relationships

Bonfyre App | May 20, 2020

Bonfyre, a St. Louis-based company building human connections at work through a digital platform with the most important tools to measure and drive employee engagement, today extended the company’s commitment to tackling remote worker isolation and improving employee engagement as COVID-19 continues to disrupt workplace relationships. The company is offering its software at no cost for six months to local small and medium businesses to help improve communication and connectivity.

According to a special survey “The Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses in the Eighth Federal Reserve District,” Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis estimates that about 40% of employees are working remotely. In this survey, banking, real estate, and agriculture sectors and other professional services all have a significant share of remote workers. The Eighth Federal Reserve District serves all of Arkansas and portions of six other states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

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Office walls are falling, cubicle screens are disappearing, and meeting room doors are being unhinged. In their place, informal collaborative workspaces, open individual work areas, quiet zones and shared multipurpose resources are being installed often referred to as office hoteling. As the business world continues to evolve and becomes more mobile and digitized, employees need to be able to quickly and easily share knowledge through efficient collaboration and immediate access to the resources they require.


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HR ANALYTICS,RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

Crosschq Named Best in Class HR Technology for Recruitment by 2022 HRO Today Association Awards

Crosschq | December 01, 2022

Crosschq, pioneers of the Talent Intelligence Cloud™, which is powering a revolution in data-driven hiring and people analytics, today shared that it was recently named the Best in Class HR Technology for Recruitment in North America by the 2022 HRO Today Association Awards. For more than 15 years, the HRO Today Association has recognized company and individual accomplishments in human resources, technology, and leadership around the world. This year’s North America and EMEA program garnered hundreds of submissions, with 71 selected as finalists. The awards for these regions were presented during the virtual HRO Today Association Conference, which took place on November 16, 2022. Of those named as finalists, 37 companies and individuals, including Crosschq, took home awards during the ceremony. “With the HRO Today Association Awards, we aim to recognize the companies and individuals advancing the HR function. What Crosschq provides improves upon several of the challenges and pain points that talent teams frequently lament. It emphasizes transparency and collaboration while identifying process inefficiencies and delivers critical insights. Crosschq is truly a best-in-class recruitment solution, and we congratulate them on this win.” -Elliot Clark, CEO & Chairman of SharedXpertise, publisher of HRO Crosschq CEO Mike Fitzsimmons shared, As an organization, Crosschq is aligned around a common goal: to redefine hiring success. And we know that to help HR and TA leaders create diverse, winning teams, they need access to actionable data and insights that supports Quality of Hire. The solutions we deliver reflect that, and on behalf of the Crosschq team, I would like to express our gratitude to the HRO Today Association for this tremendous recognition. About Crosschq Crosschq is powering a revolution in data-driven hiring and people analytics to help companies better recruit and retain talent. Crosschq’s Talent Intelligence Cloud™ provides solutions across the new hire lifecycle to help enhance sourcing, screening, and onboarding of new hires while providing a single source of truth for customers to accurately measure Quality of Hire. The company’s AI-driven cloud-based SaaS solutions were built with a talent-first approach, prioritizing trust and transparency, minimizing bias and protecting privacy. Leading innovative companies like Pinterest, HubSpot, Snowflake, Saks Fifth Avenue, Roku, Upwork, and DISH trust Crosschq to help build diverse winning teams. Founded in 2018, Crosschq is backed by Tiger Global Management, GGV Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, SAP.iO, Okta Ventures, Slack / Salesforce and Rocketship.vc.

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WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

UKG Expands Collaboration with Microsoft to Create Better Technology Experiences at Work

UKG | November 10, 2022

UKG, a leading provider of HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions for all people, today announced it will embed UKG solutions into popular systems of engagement and communication, beginning with Microsoft Teams. This initiative will help reduce the disruptions people regularly experience at work switching between multiple business applications and instead allow them to focus on completing important actions in the moment in the solution they prefer, like Teams. Capitalizing on the highly extensible UKG FleX technology platform, UKG collaborated with Microsoft to develop a single, seamless interface for UKG Dimensions and Shifts, the schedule management application within Teams. Organizations can empower their people to view and accept open shifts, request time off, punch in and out, and complete other workforce management tasks directly from Teams — without ever switching to Dimensions. “Our collaboration with Microsoft is a powerful example of how the world’s leading technology providers are coming together to transform the workplace IT experience in service of people so that everyone can instead focus on more meaningful and purposeful aspects of their role, Our vision to embed UKG into leading systems of engagement will eliminate the need to learn and navigate multiple applications and allow people to achieve more in the flow of work. We are committed to creating the new standard for interoperability in the HCM industry.” -Hugo Sarrazin, chief product and technology officer at UKG The UKG Dimensions integration with the Shifts app in Microsoft Teams helps the workforce simplify scheduling and time management, all on one single, secure pane of glass, With over two billion frontline workers globally, we have a unique opportunity to provide digital solutions to address the needs of this workforce who has been traditionally underserved,said Nicole Herskowitz, vice president of Microsoft Teams and Platform. UKG has a long history of collaborating with Microsoft to help people get more done at work. The two organizations first partnered in 2018 to explore opportunities to help people get faster access to answers through a workforce management chatbot. In 2021, the collaboration expanded to feature a UKG Pro chatbot for Teams, as well as the ability to surface critical updates from Dimensions and Pro to Microsoft’s employee experience platform, Viva. Other projects together have focused on integrating Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for security and simplifying business insights with Microsoft Dynamics 365. We foresee a future of HR technology where people are able to focus on what they need to achieve and how to make the biggest impact instead of which business application they need to use to complete frequent and routine tasks, By removing this friction from the workplace experience, we’ll help our tens of thousands of customers continue to positively transform work for their people every, single day,said Chris Todd, CEO at UKG. About UKG At UKG, our purpose is people. As strong believers in the power of culture and belonging as the secret to success, we champion great workplaces and build lifelong partnerships with our customers to show what’s possible when businesses invest in their people. Born from a historic merger that created one of the world’s leading HCM cloud companies, our Life-work Technology approach to HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions for all people helps more than 70,000 organizations around the globe and across every industry anticipate and adapt to their employees’ needs beyond just work.

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RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

Compete Aligns with Globalization Partners to Enhance Global Recruitment Process

Compete and Globalization Partners | September 21, 2022

Compete, developers of the leading SaaS platform for real-time compensation and benefits benchmarking, has announced that it will be partnering with (G-P), the leading Global Employment Platform™ that makes it fast, simple, and compliant for companies to hire anyone, anywhere. Together, they will enable companies to hire talent in over 187 countries smartly and competitively. This announcement follows the launch earlier this year of G-P Recruit by Globalization Partners. G-P Recruit provides G-P Customers with exclusive access to an unrivaled network of global recruiting specialists to find the perfect talent based on their unique requirements, including industry, location, prior roles, and more. Given how benchmarking salaries and benefits is one of the most significant components of the hiring process, Globalization Partners was looking for an organization capable of integrating this data into its global employment platform. This is essential to enable companies to quickly identify and hire new team members in key locations globally. Compete provides immediate insights into complete compensation package data and enables organizations to develop more effective workforce management strategies. Compete empowers leaders with analysis of over 50 types of benefits, real-time benchmarking data, advanced analytics, and tailored insights to support hiring decisions, identify risks, improve retention, and develop informed compensation policies. "Companies are trying to navigate the challenges of hiring talent as employee motivations have shifted beyond monetary benefits to include things such as more flexible remote working environments, more accommodating leave policies, and the like, We are excited about this integration with Compete to empower customers worldwide with insights on the compensation packages unique to each region and to support their ability to hire talent with just a few clicks via our platform.” -Nick Adams, Director EMEA at Globalization Partners The real-time benchmarking of compensation data provided by Compete reflects a dynamic talent environment. This is one where organizations are reliant on accessing the right data to make smart decisions around talent acquisition to reduce the pay and equity gap many organizations are experiencing. Partnering with an industry leader like Globalization Partners reinforces our value proposition of providing organizations with a 360-degree understanding of real-time compensation benchmarking data, Our data, when combined with the global footprint of Globalization Partners, enable any organization regardless of location to gain a competitive advantage in the job market,said Amit Rapaport, CEO and Co-Founder of Compete. About Compete Visibility into common compensation and benefits practices is a must for developing workforce management strategies. Taking the guess out of guesswork, Compete gives an unfair advantage with immediate insights into complete compensation package data, including parental leave, work from home policies, and health benefits. An easy-to-use SaaS solution, Compete provides real-time data and instant analysis with advanced filtering capabilities perfectly tailored for tech companies. Founded in 2020 and headquartered in Israel, Compete is trusted by hundreds of leading tech companies around the world. About Globalization Partners Hire international talent quickly and easily. Use our AI-driven, automated, Global Employment Platform™ supported by our in-house, worldwide HR experts. Trust the named industry leader that consistently attains 98% customer satisfaction ratings. Globalization Partners: Succeed Faster.

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HR ANALYTICS

Dandi Emerges from Stealth to End Workplace Bias with First-of-its-kind DEI Analytics Platform

Dandi | October 17, 2022

Dandi Technologies, the analytics platform for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, emerged from stealth today. The company unveiled a first-of-its-kind DEI analytics solution used by people leaders to pinpoint equity gaps in the employee journey and implement data-driven solutions to workforce diversity challenges. The company also announced $3.7M in seed funding led by Springbank and Alleycorp Impact to increase the number of people the platform positively impacts globally. "We believe Dandi can revolutionize the way companies recruit, retain, and compensate their people, Without the right data, people and businesses are left facing the same 'unsolvable' DEI problems year after year, while demands for racial, social, and financial justice from employees, investors, and regulators only grow stronger. Our platform is putting DEI analytics capabilities and insights directly into the hands of more leaders across organizations and making them easy to understand. You don't need to be a data scientist to use Dandi." -Jeff Fernandez, Dandi CEO and Co-Founder Developed by data, design, and DEI veterans working closely with a group of DEI advisors, the Dandi platform is underpinned by advanced machine learning and makes powerful, realtime DEI data easily available and actionable for every company. With Dandi, organizations can: Aggregate and analyze existing HR data to generate millions of DEI insights across the employee lifecycle, including recruiting, hiring, promotions, retention, and everything in between. Leverage intersectional measurement along with sophisticated wage gap analysis to see how interactions between race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality and more impact compensation and take meaningful steps toward pay equity. Integrate Dandi with most leading HR platforms, including Workday, ADP, SAP, Oracle, Greenhouse and Taleo, to easily see how factors like age, gender, LGBTQIA+ status, and marital status influence key metrics. Give C-suite executives quick and easy access to critical DEI metrics, updated in real-time, through an Executive Dashboard. Generate custom-branded presentations and export to Google Slides, Powerpoint, and more with a single click. Share easy-to-understand visualization and detailed reports to shine a light on equity gaps so the right people can take action. Employee turnover due to racial bias and unfair treatment has cost U.S. employers $171.9 billion over a five year period, according to research from the Society for Human Resources Management. Despite public commitments to DEI from companies in recent years, barely half of the largest U.S. companies share workforce diversity data. Moreover, only 11% report intersectional data – the gold standard for demographic data reporting. The large majority of companies do not have reliable, accurate measures for bias in place. With existing tools, it's nearly impossible to operationalize the concept of intersectionality. Dandi changes everything by allowing companies to see how these intersections affect the employee journey and take action, said Lily Lamboy, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Blue Shield of California. Dandi has an established roster of customers including Fortune 100 organizations like Blue Shield of California, publicly-traded companies such as Oscar Health and Braze, and fast-growing technology companies like Teachable and Care/Of (acq. by Bayer). Dandi is quick to deploy and affordable: starting at only $15 per employee per year, it's priced to work for businesses of every size. In addition to Springbank and Alleycorp Impact, investors including Atlassian Ventures, Impact Engine, Uncommon Denominator, AAF, and Heirloom VC joined in funding Dandi's seed round. As a result of the round, Courtney Leimkuhler, Founder and Managing Partner at Springbank, has joined Dandi's board of directors. Dandi is creating the instrumentation for the workforce of the future. As more firms commit to DEI and as more regulators around the world demand the data to prove it, Dandi is providing essential tools for leaders and their teams. Jeff and the team have an impressive track record and vision, and I'm personally thrilled to be part of their mission, said Leimkuhler. AlleyCorp Impact is proud to co-lead this round and collaborate with its passionate, mission-driven team to position Dandi to be a vital solution in the arsenal of every company that is serious about building an equitable workplace, said Tanya Beja, General Partner at AlleyCorp Impact. Dandi is building the analytics tools to create a more equitable workplace for all teams. We're excited about its growth trajectory as more companies prioritize building data-driven DEI programs. Dandi's mission is deeply aligned with Atlassian's values and we look forward to supporting the Dandi team as it makes powerful demographic data actionable for Atlassian's 200,000+ cloud customers around the world, said Matt Sonefeldt, Head of Atlassian Ventures. About Dandi Dandi is the analytics platform for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Businesses use Dandi to see—often for the first time—how they recruit, retain, and compensate their people, giving them the insights they need to pinpoint equity gaps and advance their DEI efforts. Through a team of DEI experts and an extended partner network, Dandi also offers the support businesses need to navigate the challenges of becoming fair and equal workplaces. Founded in 2017 by HR, DEI, data and design veterans, Dandi's mission is to make business better for everyone. Dandi is built by a distributed team with headquarters in New York City and Stockholm, Sweden.

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Office walls are falling, cubicle screens are disappearing, and meeting room doors are being unhinged. In their place, informal collaborative workspaces, open individual work areas, quiet zones and shared multipurpose resources are being installed often referred to as office hoteling. As the business world continues to evolve and becomes more mobile and digitized, employees need to be able to quickly and easily share knowledge through efficient collaboration and immediate access to the resources they require.

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