Honda to provide expanded job training to 50K workers

Honda | January 27, 2020

Automotive maker Honda will provide additional training opportunities to 50,000 of its workers by 2025 to "ensure that the company's associates who design, produce, sell and service Honda products have the necessary education and training to succeed in a world of rapidly changing technology," it announced Jan. 21. The move is part of a White House initiative, the Pledge to America's Workers, aimed at expanding programs that "educate, train, and reskill American workers from high-school age to near-retirement." Noting that it also will be challenged to attract the next generation of skilled manufacturing workers, the company said it agreed to sponsor Creators Wanted, an effort aimed at increasing employment in the sector. Honda noted that in a 2018 study, Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute estimated that millions of manufacturing jobs are at risk of going unfilled during the next decade.

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SkyHive Launches New Product, SkyHive Platform, Enabling Companies and Communities to Tackle Skills Gap

SkyHive | September 05, 2022

SkyHive®, the first company to map and sequence the global labor market in real-time for workforce intelligence, strategy, and architecture, as well as the rapid reskilling of workers and communities around the world, today announced the launch of SkyHive Platform, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) skills-first solution for private and public sector organizations. Using SkyHive’s real-time Labor Market Intelligence and artificial intelligence to analyze global labor markets at the skill level, SkyHive Platform employers gain outside-in intelligence as well as immediate insights on their talent, such as emerging and skill gaps which can be leveraged to future-proof their workforces, retain talent, and understand evolving labor market needs. SkyHive Platform enriches existing Human Capital Management (HCM) systems using scalable Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to integrate with core HR systems such as Workday, Microsoft, and SAP SuccessFactors, as well as custom applications. In doing so, SkyHive Platform enables companies and communities to derive maximum value from their HCM investments while improving performance and cost efficiency across talent procurement, retention, and workforce training. Companies and governments seeking insights into the state of their workforce’s business critical skills, skills gaps, attrition, sourcing, benchmarks, future talent needs, and recommendations for reskilling can harness SkyHive to power applications with or without the SkyHive Enterprise software application. “Skills are the talent ‘currency’ of the modern age, so it’s natural that leaders are eager to get comprehensive, comparative, and real-time visibility into skills profiles of their workforce, We’ve built SkyHive Platform and opened our APIs in response to customer requests around the world who want to customize applications and modernize their existing HCM platforms with the most in-depth workforce and labor market intelligence available.” -Sean Hinton, Founder and CEO of SkyHive Recognized by Forbes and the World Economic Forum for its positive impact on labor economies, SkyHive processes more than 20 TB of raw data every day, including anonymized worker profiles and job descriptions from over 160 countries. Its findings have reduced enterprise clients’ time-to-hire by 30% and time to source by 90%, while also increasing workforce learning and development efficiency by 70% and gender diversity by 10%. SkyHive data is fully encrypted, and its systems are compliant with GDPR, SOC2 Type II, ISO 27001, Ethical AI and other regulatory frameworks. About SkyHive SkyHive is a Certified B Corporation and software provider of global workforce intelligence technology, optimizing labor market efficiencies in real-time for companies, communities, and national economies. Leading enterprises use SkyHive’s cloud-based applications and platforms to power the future of work at its most granular level: skills. SkyHive’s Quantum Labor Analysis™ has been recognized by the World Economic Forum and Forbes for leading efforts in ethical AI and its positive impact on labor economies worldwide.

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HR STRATEGY

First Advantage Expands Global Footprint, Opens New Office in Kraków, Poland

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.

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Caremark Deploys Connecteam's All-in-One App to Manage 7,000 Remote Caregivers Across 115 Franchises

Connecteam | November 04, 2022

Connecteam, which provides everything a company needs to manage and engage its deskless workforce, today announced that Caremark, a UK-based national homecare franchise provider, has deployed Connecteam’s all-in-one workforce management app to manage more than 7,000 remote caregivers across more than 115 franchise offices. According to Caremark CEO David Glover, Caremark needed a better way to engage its distributed workforce and improve communications among its franchise support center, administration staff, franchise owners, and its remote teams of 7,000 caregivers. “Our Care Assistants are the lifeblood of our business and I wanted to ensure they receive the exact support they need, be that training, access to documents or a place to chat with peers, as well as feeling valued, engaged and part of one big national team, Connecteam checked every box we needed and more. Its ease of use and secure platform enabled us to implement the app quickly with rapid adoption across teams and employees. Most importantly, it has helped us foster a sense of belonging and encouragement across our entire remote workforce which aptly aligns with our core value of caring for all people: customers, employees, franchise owners and care staff.” -Glover Caremark began using Connecteam earlier this year with three franchise offices. Now the app will be used throughout the network to: Open lines of communication between the franchise support center, Caremark offices, and remote employees Survey staff, send notes of gratitude, deliver business-critical messaging, and run refer-a-friend programs Access Caremark policies, procedures and operations manual Conduct mandatory eLearning programs across teams and work groups Deliver portable training licenses to franchise owners, saving them time and money The homecare industry employs hundreds of thousands of people in multiple locations, all working tirelessly to assist people in their homes. They aren’t sitting at their desks reading email messages, By using the Connecteam app to provide a better staff experience, Caremark can improve employee engagement and retention, which will translate into better care for customers too,said Amir Nehemia, CEO and co-founder, Connecteam. Nehemia added: From the get go, we saw that Caremark is doing things differently, putting its care assistants first. By delivering real-time, trackable, digital communication and training across the entire network using Connecteam, the company can successfully engage Caremark’s franchise owners, managers and care staff in an innovative way that wasn’t possible before – resulting in higher efficiency, productivity and retention.” Connecteam helps companies of all sizes and across multiple industries – including healthcare, construction, security, manufacturing, retail, restaurant and hospitality organizations – improve how they manage and engage their deskless workers on the frontlines. The company’s all-in-one app has features for communications, HR and operations, including scheduling, time tracking, attendance, learning and training, employee recognition, and more, to help manage 80% of the global workforce, representing 2.7 billion workers, who are not tied to a desk. The app is also fully customizable without the need for IT support. Connecteam recently launched a free-for-life version of its software for small businesses with up to 10 employees, providing access to the Conneteam app’s full suite — an estimated value of $4,000 per year. About Connecteam Connecteam is a workforce management app for deskless employees providing an all-in-one experience for communications, day-to-day operations, HR and training. Founded in 2016, Connecteam has already achieved 400% growth year-over-year and earned the trust of more than 20,000 global customers across 80 countries, including such leading brands as SodaStream (a PepsiCo company), Sodexo, Saint Gobain, Berry Global and others. Provided as a service (SaaS), Connecteam’s software is available for free to small businesses of up to 10 employees. Connecteam also offers a free, two-week trial for larger companies that want to improve how they manage deskless workers on the frontlines.

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HR ANALYTICS, HR STRATEGY

Wisq Brings Power of Social Connection Platform to Companies of All Sizes

Wisq | October 07, 2022

Wisq, the first platform designed for the social connection needs of employees, announced the launch of two new plans to help businesses foster personal connections and belonging in their organizations. With the new Free and Plus plans, Wisq enables more organizations to help their remote and in-office employees connect, discover and share interests, and create a greater sense of belonging. As hybrid, remote and distributed work structures grow more popular, companies and teams of all sizes face the challenge of building personal connections. Wisq is creating a space in which employees can connect, discover common interests, create employee-led groups like employee resource groups (ERGs) and share experiences. The tiered pricing model with two new plans, in addition to the current Wisq Enterprise plan for teams of more than 500, makes Wisq accessible to everyone: Wisq Free:Designed for core groups just getting started, this no-cost offering supports a single administrator and up to 50 team members with unlimited groups, posts and messages. This option is ideally suited for small companies or divisions of larger employers that would like to try Wisq before a broader deployment. Wisq Plus: For growing teams that want more functionality, this option supports up to five administrators and teams of up to 500 people while offering more robust administrative tools and reporting at a cost of $5 per individual each month. These new plans are in addition to the core Wisq Enterprise version, which offers greater functionality tailored to companies' unique needs, including advanced admin and reporting capabilities, security assertion markup language (SAML)-based single sign-on for added security, priority inbox support, and dedicated customer success and account management teams. "With this announcement, Wisq is responding to a clear market need for personal connection at work, Any team, big or small, can greatly benefit from the kind of connection that Wisq makes possible. Our customers' experiences have shown us that offering employees a distinct space for connection can deepen ties, enrich relationships and support a sense of belonging, community and happiness." -Wisq co-founder and CEO Jim Barnett The Importance of Belonging and Connection in the Workplace As companies seek to retain and hire workers in a competitive job market, a sense of belonging to an organization is equally as important as pay and benefits. Happier employees are not only less likely to leave a company, but also are healthier, have lower rates of absenteeism, are highly motivated to succeed and have better relationships with their peers, according to MIT Sloan. Additionally, by increasing the feeling of belonging at work, companies have seen a 56% increase in job performance, a 50% drop in turnover risk and a 75% reduction in sick days, Harvard Business Review reported. Companies that thrive socially and support a sense of belonging build resilience to disengagement. Trends like quiet-quitting, or choosing to not go above and beyond in a role, reflect a low sense of connection and belonging in an organization. The day-to-day relationships that individuals establish with their co-workers play an important role in belonging, which is why Wisq has built its platform to support employee-driven communication. By carving out a specific space for belonging and connection in the workplace, Wisq is strengthening personal development and interpersonal relationships, which help individuals grow and thrive, and play a role in building a healthy, vibrant organization. Hear what companies using Wisq have to say: While we have a great culture, Torch employees have voiced difficulties connecting with people outside of their immediate team. Wisq helps us bring the amazing and unique stories of all our employees together to build a stronger foundation for our culture, as well as our individual and collective success, said Amy Lavoie, vice president of People Success, Torch. FICO uses Wisq to strengthen relationships throughout our 3,500-person, globally distributed company. Our team was looking for a way to recreate in-person water cooler conversation and casual, fun moments of socialization. Through Wisq, we're meeting this need and getting to know colleagues across teams, departments and time zones like never before, Richard Deal, executive vice president, chief human resources officer, FICO By utilizing Wisq, our team can get to know each other without the pressure or stress of getting a task done or trying to solve a problem. Even the smallest moments of connection can move mountains for our relationships, helping our team get to know each other on a more personal level, Alex Jones, vice president for Institutional Advancement, Roberts Wesleyan University About Wisq Wisq is a space for life at work. The Wisq platform helps employees improve social well-being by enabling them to connect, share and build relationships at work. Organizations increase employee engagement, improve belonging and retention and build happy work cultures. Wisq enables smart profiles, intuitive sharing, community building and audio lounges for informal hangouts. Based in Redwood City, CA, the company was founded by three former Glint executives: Jim Barnett, chief executive officer; Goutham Kurra, chief product officer; and Chih-Po Wen, chief technology officer. Wisq has raised more than $40 million and is backed by True Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners and Shasta Ventures.

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