Employee Experience, Employee Engagement

GoCo Further Modernizes the HR Experience with the Spring 2023 Release of New Features and Enhancements

GoCo Further Modernizes the HR Experience with the Spring 2023 Release

GoCo.io, the leading provider of flexible software solutions for HR, benefits, and payroll, today announced the availability of its spring product release. Packed with new features and enhancements, GoCo’s latest updates continue to modernize the HR experience and lay the foundation for further enhancements to the platform.

“GoCo is proud to be the most flexible HR platform for SMBs, and we’re adding even more flexibility to our solution this spring,” said Michael Gugel, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at GoCo. “Every new feature and enhancement in our Spring 2023 Release was built to empower HR to work more efficiently with GoCo’s flexible building blocks. With the addition of a new home screen, flexible document organization, geofencing capabilities, and more, GoCo makes it easy for HR to streamline their processes and leverage GoCo to make work a better place for their teams.”

GoCo will host a webinar on May 9, 2023, detailing the highlights of the spring 2023 release, including:

  • Customizable Document Folders – Organize your digital files so you and your team can quickly find, send, and sign documents in GoCo.

  • Time Tracking Geofencing – Keep track of the “when, where, and why” of your employees’ hours with verified geolocation.

  • Document Creation Powered by AI – Need help getting started with documents? GoCo becomes your strategic partner in the creation of new document templates powered by AI.

  • Employee Home – A new default screen post-login provides an efficient home experience to quickly access everything you need in GoCo.

  • Updated Workflow Overview UI – More intuitive navigation for all of your workflow data including your templates, workflows in progress, and reminders.

  • Embedded Payroll Powered by Gusto Updates – New functionality to support more payroll use cases, like running off-cycle pay runs.

About GoCo

Founded in 2015, GoCo.io is modernizing HR, benefits, and payroll with its flexible, easy-to-use, and industry-leading solutions for SMBs. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, and serving customers nationwide, its mission is to automate manual HR tasks and empower HR professionals to make work a better place. Unlike other HR platforms, GoCo is built to be flexible enough to support existing processes, policies, and providers so that SMBs don’t have to change the way they work in order to adopt a modern HR system.

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Alight and CirrusMD team up to deliver physician-led virtual primary care on Alight Worklife®

Alight Solutions | January 09, 2024

Alight, Inc. a leading cloud-based human capital and technology services provider, and CirrusMD, a physician-first provider of on-demand virtual care, today announced a strategic agreement to offer a chat-enabled, physician-led, virtual care solution. The partnership is aimed at breaking down barriers to virtual care by providing employees with access to expert physicians across a wide range of health care needs on the Alight Worklife platform. “The Alight Worklife platform serves as employees’ comprehensive connection point to their health, wealth, payroll and leaves benefits, which helps employers cut complexities, costs and engage individuals in the moments that matter most,” said Bipin Mistry, chief medical officer at Alight. “The partnership with CirrusMD helps take employee engagement one step further by making physician-led virtual care easily accessible to employees and bridges the gap between virtual clinical care delivery and employer-sponsored benefits navigation.” Helping employees arrive at the most appropriate care Employees on the Alight Worklife platform can engage directly with CirrusMD or be prompted to engage after completing Alight’s AI-powered Symptom Checker online experience to better understand their healthcare needs and guide them to care options, including virtual care provided by CirrusMD. With Single Sign-On (SSO) for fast connections to care within 60 seconds, Alight Worklife enhances the participant experience. CirrusMD’s Physician-first Care & Guidance approach to virtual primary care provides members with always-on, instant access to a doctor via chat-first modality. CirrusMD’s multidisciplinary clinical team conducts encounters on a proprietary clinical intelligence engine that provides real-time insights to physicians based on data from millions of patient-physician interactions. Once employees connect with physicians, CirrusMD offers a seamless, efficient and patient-centric virtual care experience by Connecting patients to physicians in less than a minute, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, Delivering advanced primary care that includes behavioral health, women’s health, acute care, chronic condition management and more, Physician-led seven-day experiences, interactions that allow time for in-depth diagnosis and treatment, reducing the high costs associated with multiple follow-ups, Text-based chat with options for video, voice and images when needed, Immediate referrals to employer benefits and in-network resources, And real-time Spanish language translation to help overcome potential language barriers. Optimizing the integration of healthcare benefits and clinical workflows The strategic partnership enables employers to select CirrusMD as part of their Alight Healthcare Navigation offering within the Alight Worklife platform. As well, CirrusMD providers benefit from access to Alight’s Symptom Checker results and can reference benefit programs available to the participant which can serve to facilitate patient follow-ups with both CirrusMD care teams and Alight Health Pros for a comprehensive healthcare journey support. This combined solution provides ongoing navigation to appropriate referrals and resources. For example, Alight's support for individuals with Behavioral Health conditions aligns seamlessly with CirrusMD, offering quick access to virtual Behavioral Health support when needed. Employees can be directed to other types of care options such as virtual physical therapy, through referrals made directly from CirrusMD or Alight. “At CirrusMD we are reimagining the point of care to provide the time and information needed to support a productive dialog between patient and physician, giving both the time and information they need for exceptional care experiences,” said Jamie Hall, president and CEO of CirrusMD. “This strategic agreement represents an important milestone in advancing virtual primary care, combining the strengths of Alight Solutions and CirrusMD to transform the healthcare experience for individuals and employers alike.” CirrusMD boasts an 83% issue resolution rate and an 93% overall patient satisfaction rate, and serves notable customers including health plans, large employers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. About Alight Solutions Alight is a leading cloud-based human capital technology and services provider that powers confident health, wealth and wellbeing decisions for 36 million people and dependents. Our Alight Worklife® platform combines data and analytics with a simple, seamless user experience. Supported by our global delivery capabilities, Alight Worklife is transforming the employee experience for people around the world. With personalized, data-driven health, wealth, pay and wellbeing insights, Alight brings people the security of better outcomes and peace of mind throughout life’s big moments and most important decisions. About CirrusMD CirrusMD delivers Physician-first Care & Guidance, a smart care model founded in the tenets of Advanced Primary Care. It brings together activated members with trusted physicians, relevant resources, and smart technology to change healthcare as we know it. CirrusMD improves speed to care, removes barriers to physicians, brings patient data into the care encounter, and promotes transparency at the point of referral. We believe that when you provide immediate, affordable care at scale you can drive the change needed to improve health and lower cost across an entire population.

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Novo Announces Novo Payroll for Small Businesses, Powered by Check

Check | January 25, 2024

Novo, the powerfully simple® financial solutions platform for small businesses, announced Novo Payroll. Working with Check, the leading payroll infrastructure company that pioneered the ability for platforms to embed payroll into their products, Novo has launched a payroll solution that is fully integrated into Novo’s platform of small business banking, budgeting, and working capital solutions, enabling small businesses to manage their finances from a single platform. “Traditional small business payroll solutions consist of standalone applications characterized by high fees, burdensome cash-on-hand requirements, and either clunky or non-existent integrations between payroll and business bank accounts,” said Michael Rangel, founder and CEO of Novo. “In collaboration with Check, we built a payroll solution that simplifies and speeds up the process of paying small business employees." Novo leveraged Check’s embedded payroll API to build Novo Payroll. With coverage in all 50 states, Novo Payroll streamlines the entire payroll process, from calculating wages to facilitating direct deposits and managing tax withholdings. This provides businesses with a comprehensive payroll solution that not only reduces administrative burdens but also ensures accuracy and compliance with regulatory standards. Novo has conducted a beta of Novo Payroll, and will make the product available to Novo’s more than 200,000 small business customers in the coming weeks. Key features of Novo Payroll include Affordable, flat-rate pricing: Unlike other payroll platforms where individuals have to pay extra for a range of features, Novo offers all of its essential features — including state and tax filings, end of year reports, and more — at $35 per month plus a small fee per worker. Working capital for payroll: Small businesses who may need additional funds for a payroll cycle can apply for Novo Funding, a fast and flexible way to access working capital that’s available exclusively to Novo customers. Once approved for Novo Funding, customers can use the capital in minutes. Next day payments: With Novo Payroll, recipients can opt in to receive their paychecks the day after payroll is processed at no additional charge. Instead of needing the necessary payroll funds days in advance, small business owners simply need to have funds available the day of payroll processing. Built-in accounting and budgeting tools: Since Novo Payroll is fully embedded into the Novo platform, customers can seamlessly set aside funds for payroll, taxes, savings, and more using Novo Reserves. Single- and multi-state payroll: Novo Payroll automates state tax filings for small businesses that have employees in a single state, as well as in multiple states. Human-powered customer service: Novo Payroll customers have access to a range of resources to assist with payroll questions, including the option to call a Novo Payroll expert. “We founded Check with the goal of making payroll easier for as many small businesses as possible. By partnering with Novo, we’re able to reach an even broader set of businesses, giving them the tools they need to save time and money on what is all-too-often a cumbersome task,” said Andrew Brown, co-founder and CEO of Check. “Novo has already burnished its credentials as a leading provider of financial services for small businesses. By embedding Check’s payroll, Novo is able to provide a one-stop-shop for small business financial needs.” Novo Payroll is the latest in a series of products Novo has built for its small business financial solutions platform. Recently, Novo announced a range of updates to Novo Invoices, the company’s free invoicing application that small businesses have used to receive more than $500 million in payments. Novo also announced Novo Funding, offering small businesses a fast and flexible way to access working capital. About Novo Novo Platform, Inc. (“Novo”) is the powerfully simple financial platform for small businesses. About Check Check is the leading payroll platform that pioneered the ability for companies to differentiate and open up new revenue streams by embedding payroll into their platforms. Historically, complex regulatory structures stagnated payroll innovation, making it harder for businesses to create their own payroll offerings. By building on Check’s best in class infrastructure, flexible API, and deep expertise, platforms can launch profitable payroll businesses much faster, and with little overhead or administrative burden. Since Check’s public launch in January 2021, leading vertical SaaS companies and large scale workforce management horizontal platforms have built successful payroll businesses on its infrastructure. Check’s partners collectively serve more than 250,000 businesses and over 4 million employees. Check is backed by Stripe, Thrive Capital, Index Ventures, and Bedrock.

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Workforce Management

Global Retailers Choose Dayforce to Optimize Workforce Planning and the Frontline Employee Experience

Ceridian | January 11, 2024

Ceridian a global leader in human capital management (HCM) technology, announced its upcoming retail product innovations, which highlight the company’s growing momentum in the sector. As the only solution that offers workforce management (WFM) and global payroll capabilities on a single platform, Dayforce – Ceridian’s industry-leading cloud software – helps retailers and the hospitality industry empower and retain frontline workers, increase operational agility when making staffing decisions, and enhance the employee experience. Ceridian helps more than 1,280 retailers around the world optimize their workforce and improve employee engagement, attraction, and retention, including American Dream, Buehler’s Fresh Foods, Costa Coffee, Sobeys, and SPARC Group LLC, which owns and operates leading retail brands including but not limited to Aeropostale, Brooks Brothers, Forever 21, and Reebok. “Today’s employees expect a personalized experience. Ceridian is an innovative, collaborative partner that is helping us shape the employee experience of the future,” said Julia Knox, Chief Technology & Analytics Officer, Sobeys. "Forward-thinking retail and hospitality organizations need to embrace modern technologies, like machine learning and real-time workforce intelligence, to tackle the staffing and compliance challenges their industries face,” said Jack Bennett, Vice President and Retail Solutions Advisory Lead, Ceridian. “Coupled with Dayforce Wallet, our award-winning, on-demand pay solution, Dayforce is a single holistic platform for workforce management, pay, and talent that unlocks quantifiable value and gives retail and hospitality leaders an edge to better compete - and win - with today's boundless workforce." Dayforce workforce management empowers frontline employees through schedule flexibility and a consumer-like experience, while driving agile retail operations by giving real-time workforce intelligence to managers. Continued enhancements include Forecasting Powered by Machine Learning: In an ever-changing economic landscape, retailers can reduce costs and improve productivity by leveraging the power of machine learning (ML) in its labor planning. Dayforce ML forecasting helps managers make better decisions and optimize workforce allocation by forecasting future labor requirements down to 15-minute increments and become more precise over time. Shift Marketplace: Modern workforce management provides organizations and employees with a simple, intuitive way of allowing stores and locations to share their workforce across their organization. With Shift Marketplace, employees can take on unfilled shifts at any location they choose, giving employees the flexibility to meet their financial goals while allowing managers to fill their labor demand needs without incurring additional costs to bring in outside resources. Next-Generation Labor Planning: With Dayforce, customers can bring finance and operations together during the budget and planning processes to ensure forecasting and scheduling align with corporate targets. This process is further enhanced through scalable data models, a unified experience for long- and short-term planning, and yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily workforce insights that can drill down to zone and position levels. Reimagined Time Experience: The Dayforce platform is improving the employee time experience with a human-centric user experience that prioritizes simpler workflows, simplified clocking in and out, and accessibility. For managers, the enhanced user experience highlights what is important, including unplanned labor costs, and time-sensitive insights such as no-shows, missed breaks, approaching overtime, and upcoming departures. “We are a special place to work because our engaged team members are a key differentiator for our business. With the Dayforce platform, we will be able to deliver a modern, mobile-first employee experience that enables direct communication, seamless shift bidding, and access to on-demand pay with Dayforce Wallet, which will help to differentiate Sobeys in a challenging labor market,” said Sandra Pasquini, SVP HR Operations & Systems, Sobeys. These features and enhancements will begin rolling out to customers on the Dayforce platform in 2024. About Ceridian Ceridian. Makes Work Life Better™. Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. is a global human capital management software company. Dayforce, its flagship cloud HCM platform, provides human resources, payroll, benefits, workforce management, and talent management functionality. The Dayforce platform is used to optimize management of the entire employee lifecycle, including attracting, engaging, paying, deploying, and developing people. Ceridian has solutions for organizations of all sizes.

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Empathy And Carallel Partner To Empower Employers In Providing Holistic Support For Employee Caregivers

Empathy | December 15, 2023

Empathy, the comprehensive support system for loss helping families navigate all its emotional and logistical challenges, announced a new partnership with Carallel, the leading provider of holistic support, guidance and assistance for family caregivers. Progressive, family-oriented employers will gain access to a unique blend of tools and services which empower their employees to navigate the intricate landscapes of both caregiving and grief. This collaboration will provide continuity of care for both the caregiving population and those who have experienced loss. More than 53 million Americans support a loved one as a family caregiver, and 61% of them are employed. Caregiving affects every facet of an employee's life, including their mental and physical health (57% report clinically significant levels of depression, stress and anxiety), work capacity (80% of caregiving employees said caregiving impacted their work productivity) and absenteeism (missing up to 12 hours of work each month due to caregiving responsibilities). Stress intensifies when the loved one they care for passes away. Dealing with the tasks associated with loss can take families over 12 months to handle, and costs them on average $12,702. The burden is amplified for those balancing a full time job,with 43% of employees reporting difficulties concentrating at work in the period after their loss, while also suffering from symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, and memory issues, which can persist for months. Together, Empathy and Carallel offer a comprehensive solution to help employers reduce healthcare costs, improve productivity and effectiveness, and increase retention by addressing the holistic needs of employees through every stage of caregiving and grief. Carallel's approach seamlessly blends live support from compassionate, expert Care Advocates with comprehensive digital tools and resources to create personalized plans that boost caregiver resilience. It is through this caregiver-centered, holistic approach that Carallel is able to provide caregivers emotional support, targeted guidance and practical assistance across a wide range of caregiving needs — from disability care to elder care and beyond. With a similar approach, Empathy extends Carallel's offering, enabling employers to provide human-centered, tech-powered support to employees who have suffered a loss. Empathy's award-winning platform is complemented by a full-fledged Care Team, including on-demand Care Managers, who provide personalized step-by-step guidance through all the emotional and practical challenges of loss. This partnership will enable employers to have more streamlined contracting and a more seamless experience for employees, facilitating continuity of care for families throughout all of life's greatest challenges. "Empathy shares Carallel's core mission of making big life challenges easier by addressing them holistically — both emotionally and practically. We are committed to providing a seamless and comprehensive experience for employees navigating the challenges of caregiving and bereavement," said Shara Cohen, CEO of Carallel. "This is a truly interconnected collaboration — applying similar philosophies to intertwined life experiences. By doing so, we are reshaping the landscape of workplace well-being to elevate the overall welfare of caregivers and those in their care. "Employees juggling caregiving responsibilities with their full-time work commitments often find themselves particularly challenged when coping with the loss of a loved one," said Ron Gura, Co-Founder and CEO of Empathy. "By partnering with Carallel, a leader in providing assistance and guidance for caregivers, we empower employers to offer holistic, full-circle support that encompasses both caregiving and bereavement as integral employee benefits. With this approach, employers can ensure continuity of care through life's most difficult moments." About Empathy Empathy is the comprehensive support system for loss, offering bereaved families holistic guidance and care for all of the administrative, emotional, legal, and financial challenges they face after their loved one passes away. Empathy's award-winning app and care team are trusted by leading employers and insurance carriers to support their employees and beneficiaries through life's greatest challenges, saving them time, money, and stress. Headquartered in New York and recognized as a Top Digital Health Company by CB Insights, as well as a Most Innovative Company by FastCompany, Empathy has raised $43 million in funding from leading investors including General Catalyst, Aleph VC, and Entrée Capital.

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