HR PRACTICE, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
PlanSource | September 27, 2022
PlanSource, a leading provider of cloud-based benefits administration technology, has emerged into the employee engagement space with a new product called The Source, releasing on September 30, 2022.
According to Gallup, disengaged employees can cost companies $450 – 550B in lost productivity. While benefits administration platforms help employees make benefit decisions and successfully enroll, there is a clear gap in engagement and utilization after the fact. Additionally, there are many other important company-wide initiatives that HR teams also struggle to engage employees in. The Source is designed to truly maximize the value of a benefits package and other critical HR efforts to drive healthier, happier outcomes for employees and their families.
“I am thrilled to bring a groundbreaking product like The Source to the market. Our customers and partners have expressed the need for a solution to not only be able to help employees engage in their benefits but also be able to enroll in them, utilize them and ultimately increase the ROI on offering those benefits to their employees, Benefits are just one piece of the puzzle, employees need access to everything happening in the workplace, and The Source will deliver that by allowing HR teams the ability to brand our offering, add company news, initiatives and send push notifications to reach their employees where they are.”
-Tom Signorello, Chief Executive Officer at PlanSource
Employers continue to invest millions in benefits, while employees only spend 15 minutes a year enrolling and shopping for them. Most benefits administration platforms only assist employees in choosing their benefits but do little to help them understand and maximize how they are used. That, coupled with the fact that turnover rates have hit an unprecedented height, many HR teams are searching for a way to increase employee engagement not only during open enrollment but also year-round.
While benefits administration is the core of what PlanSource does, surrounding that are the features and components necessary to truly maximize the value of employers’ benefits package. For HR teams, The Source will help increase retention by showcasing company initiatives and benefits in a way that is easily accessible to employees. The Source can be a mobile command center for HR leaders to communicate to employees through push notifications, text messages and assigned tasks, so employees know what’s going on and what actions they need to take. HR leaders have consistently added new benefits and initiatives throughout the last few years to attract and retain talent, make the most of those investments by giving employees easy access to enroll and utilize their total rewards package.
The Source is a convenient and familiar experience for employees where they can shop and enroll in their benefits, access important HR documents, and stay in tune with company initiatives year-round. Employees will see an employer-branded homepage that is customized for their company with news and updates, have access to single sign-on integrations to specific carriers and solutions, and receive push notifications, so they never miss out on anything.
PlanSource is a technology company that automates and simplifies every aspect of employee benefit programs, so employees and HR teams can make smarter, more confident benefits decisions. More than 5 million consumers receive their benefits through the PlanSource platform, which provides the best experience possible for benefits communications, shopping, enrollment, billing, compliance and ongoing administration. With an end-to-end benefits platform and suite of technology-enabled services, PlanSource helps people maximize the benefits of their benefits, so they can live happier, healthier lives.
HR STRATEGY, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
Haystack | October 27, 2022
Haystack, the modern intranet company rethinking the employee experience, today announced the availability of its new mobile application on Android, iOS, and the mobile web. The mobile app was created to simplify the sharing of company knowledge no matter where staff are located, connecting all employees within an organization to the people, information, and resources they need to thrive.
Unlike many mobile workplace apps, which are often poor substitutes for the full browser-based experience, the Haystack mobile app was built from the ground up to provide a consumer-grade experience for all employees within an organization. The app combines lightning-fast search, intuitive controls, playful experiences, and tasteful social features that foster authentic employee connections and engagement, even across distances. Additionally, Haystack offers no-code customization so businesses can personalize the app logo and interface to reflect their own branding making the mobile experience uniquely theirs.
"Work is no longer a place, so we designed the Haystack mobile app to provide an easily accessible communication and information hub for employees, wherever they happen to be located, We're committed to building human connection and culture within organizations, as those are essential to staff wellbeing, performance, retention and ultimately, organizational success. Our team understands the unique challenges in fostering these elements among staff who don't have access to a desktop or operate in the field. Whether your company is hybrid, remote, or something in between, Haystack offers equal access to the crucial information teams need to perform their job."
- Cameron Lindsay, Haystack Co-founder and CEO
Brands such as BuzzFeed, Chime, Novo, and Everbridge use Haystack to unify the employee experience from onboarding to HR to documentation to internal communications, creating a collaborative and inclusive working environment. The platform features universal search capabilities and deep enterprise integrations with existing digital workplace tools such as Slack, Workday, Atlassian's Confluence, Google Workspace, and Microsoft 365.
Haystack recently introduced a series of product innovations to transform the world of work. In August, the company released Haystack Connect, which leverages first-party employee-profile data to intelligently pair team members, cultivating deeper workplace connections and facilitating mentor-mentee relationships that support employee retention and growth. Earlier this year, Haystack introduced Secure Delivery, which keeps confidential internal communications internal and protects employees from accidentally sharing sensitive company information. The company also recently integrated with GIPHY, giving employees the ability to breathe extra life and humor into their posts and comments published in Haystack.
Haystack is the modern intranet company rethinking the employee experience. Mid-market and large enterprises rely on Haystack for secure internal communications, to share organizational knowledge, and to build community. Haystack was founded in 2019 by a founding team spanning Google, Snap, Cornerstone OnDemand, and PayPal. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles and backed by leading investors such as Greycroft, Coatue Management, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Adobe's Scott Belsky, Riot Games co-founder Marc Merrill, and BoxGroup.
WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT, HR STRATEGY
Insperity | October 11, 2022
Insperity, Inc. (NYSE: NSP), a leading provider of human resources offering the most comprehensive suite of scalable HR solutions for America’s best businesses, marks the five-year anniversary of its Community Heroes program and announces 2022 recipients, including CEEK, LLC; Housing on Merit; Omni2Max; and SAFEchild.
“The Insperity Community Heroes program was designed to extend the company’s mission of helping businesses succeed so communities prosper by honoring clients that emulate Insperity’s mission and core values in their day-to-day efforts, The exceptional work recipients do to make life better for their employees, clients and communities serves as an inspiration to us all, as they prove to be successful in both business and philanthropic initiatives.”
-Steve Arizpe, Insperity President and Chief Operating Officer
For-profit and nonprofit clients are nominated for the Community Heroes program by Insperity employees based on their deep knowledge of what makes businesses successful and communities prosperous. The selection committee evaluates the nominated clients according to the following criteria:
For-profit companies – entrepreneurship, innovation and job creation.
Nonprofit organizations – innovation, collaboration and missional impact.
Honorees are selected from each category receive a $5,000 donation to a charity of their choice, which is presented during the Hometown Heroes celebration events. Since the program’s inception in 2018, 22 clients have been recognized and the program has donated more than $154,000 to the community, including matching donations from recipients.
During the last five years, the Insperity Community Heroes program has made great strides to shine a spotlight on clients committed to taking care of their people and making a difference in the community, which aligns with Insperity’s mission and core values. The program underscores the critical role relationships play between employers, employees and communities to form long-lasting bonds that result in mutual success.
The 2022 Insperity Community Heroes listed below follow in the tradition of making a business and philanthropic impact in their daily operations.
With a mission to help organizations redefine and pursue organizational wellness, CEEK LLC not only promotes inspired workforces that serve conscious organizations, but the company also makes a significant impact in the community. For more than a decade, CEEK, LLC has organized Santa Stumble and/or Soccer with Santa events to raise funds to adopt the wishes of children facing life-threatening illnesses, in addition to contributing directly to Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.
Housing on Merit (HOM) is a nonprofit organization that creates a bridge to permanent affordable housing for vulnerable populations. HOM recognized an urgent need to reduce the number of female veterans experiencing homelessness in Southern California, so they launched the Awards of Merit for Housing Assistance program to help unsheltered female veterans in San Diego secure permanent housing.
Omni2Max provides clients with the best professional solutions at the right time, using the right technology at the right cost. The company’s founder, Allen Maxwell, has been a longstanding resource in the community and serves as a professional mentor for numerous business owners nationally by sharing his industry knowledge/experience and providing support, guidance and advice. The company has a history of giving back to the community via time and monetary resources.
With a belief that every child has the right to mature in an environment free from abuse and neglect, SAFEchild (Stop Abuse for Every Child) was founded by the Junior League of Raleigh in 1992 to eliminate child abuse in Wake County, North Carolina. The organization protects 12,000 children annually through its school-based Funny Tummy Feelings program and supports and educates 1,650 parents and caregivers through its parenting programs. Nearly 400 children are evaluated at the nationally accredited SAFEchild Advocacy Center when there is suspicion of sexual abuse, physical abuse and/or severe neglect.
Since 1986, Insperity’s mission has been to help businesses succeed so communities prosper. Offering the most comprehensive suite of scalable HR solutions available in the marketplace, Insperity is defined by an unrivaled breadth and depth of services and level of care. Through an optimal blend of premium HR service and technology, Insperity delivers the administrative relief, reduced liabilities and better benefit solutions that businesses need for sustained growth. With 2021 revenues of $5.0 billion and more than 90 locations throughout the U.S., Insperity is currently making a difference in thousands of businesses and communities nationwide.
HR ANALYTICS,HR STRATEGY
Bambee | November 07, 2022
Bambee, the company that makes human resources affordable for small to medium-sized businesses, announced today that it has been selected for Inc. Business Media’s inaugural Power Partner Awards. This roundup honors B2B organizations across the globe with proven track records in supporting entrepreneurs and helping startups grow. The list recognizes 252 firms in marketing and advertising, health and human resources, financial planning, engineering, logistics, and security, as well as other areas of business.
All 252 companies received top marks from clients for being instrumental in helping leadership navigate the dynamic world of startups. These B2B partners support entrepreneurs across various facets of the business, including hiring, compliance, infrastructure development, cloud migration, fundraising, and more, allowing founders to focus on their core missions.
“Trusted B2B partners provide guidance and expertise that founders rely on at various steps of their organization’s journey. Partners that possess a demonstrated ability to deliver quality support are at the core of entrepreneurship and help bring big ideas to life,”
- Scott Omelianuk, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. Business Media
Allan Jones, Bambee CEO & Founder, states: We are thrilled to be honored by the world's most trusted business-media brand, Inc. And we have our clients to thank for this.
Ranked by Forbes as one of America’s best startup employers in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Bambee is a venture-backed Series C business. Investors include SoftBank, QED Investors, Greycroft, Alpha Edison, Mucker Capital, and Ken Chenault (prev. 20-year CEO, American Express).
Bambee’s team is developing and deploying best-in-class human resources technology and services, with the aim of completely reshaping the employment dynamic for America’s small businesses. Its flagship HR Manager product aims to serve those businesses that need HR but often lack the resources to afford it. Bambee solves that problem by offering HR at prices as low as $99/month.
Inc. partnered with leading global social and media intelligence platform Meltwater to develop a proprietary methodology that uses sentiment from online conversations about organizations and translates it into numerical scores. Companies were evaluated on commitment, reliability, trust, creativity, supportiveness, and other virtues that offer value to clients. Inc. also conducted surveys to gather client testimonials as part of the process.
Allan Jones founded Bambee in 2016. Bambee has been at the forefront of solving HR problems for small businesses since its inception. Bambee puts their customers HR on autopilot, starting with a dedicated HR manager and smart automation. Bambee helps each company navigate the complex regulatory world of compliance, HR policy, employee relations, and HR strategy -- including internal investigations, hires, furloughs, and return to work procedures. The combination of a real HR manager coupled with an intelligent software platform gets Bambee customers to HR compliance and helps keep them compliant. In October 2021, Goldman Sachs celebrated Jones as one of the 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs, at their Builders + Innovators Summit. For three years running, Forbes has named Bambee a top startup employer in the U.S., and in 2022 listed Bambee as top 5 in Los Angeles.
About Inc. Business Media
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc.