Shopify to open new office, hire 1,000 employees in Vancouver

Shopify | January 29, 2020

Ottawa-based tech firm Shopify has announced it is opening its first permanent office in Vancouver and set to hire 1,000 workers later this year. The new office will focus on research and software development, with the company planning to hire backend developers, data engineers, mobile developers, web developers, product designers and product managers. Last year, Shopify’s share of R&D expenditure across Canada’s professional, scientific and technical services sector was nine per cent, and its R&D spending increased over 70 per cent in 2018, said the company. “We see a lot of growth happening in Vancouver, but we believe we can offer something different,” says Lynsey Thornton, vice-president of UX at Shopify. “We’ll be solving real and complex problems that matter to the entrepreneurs we support. The team will be shaping products from scratch to help over one million businesses around the world.” Shopify’s decision is further proof that B.C. is a preferred place to do business among the world’s leading companies, says Michelle Mungall, minister of jobs, economic development and competitiveness.

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WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT, HR STRATEGY

Insperity’s Community Heroes Program Marks 5-Year Anniversary

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. About Insperity 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.

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS,WORKERS COMPENSATION

Innovation Minds announces a holistic Rewards-as-a-Service model for managing Rewards, Recognition and Redemption Programs

Innovation Minds | November 23, 2022

Innovation Minds, a Silicon Valley-based company, announced today the launch of their new Rewards-as-a-Service solution. With this solution, Innovation Minds is enabling companies to offer their employees tailored reward options in order to increase talent retention and satisfaction. Motivating and rewarding employees is one of the top challenges facing organizations today. In fact, according to a recent survey, more than 60% of respondents say their company struggles to motivate and retain top talents. The Innovation Minds team is uniquely positioned to help companies with this challenge by providing personalized rewards service that creates experiences where employees are engaged and motivated throughout the day. With this solution, companies can customize rewards based on data insights, such as reward preferences and demographics. It offers a self-service platform to let companies update or make changes to their rewards program for their employees. It also allows employees to get real-time notifications when they earn a reward and they can redeem it on their device with just a click, creating a seamless and enjoyable experience for employees. "We believe this is an important step forward in helping employers create a more elevating work environment, Innovation Minds is focused on helping businesses create positive and engaging employee experiences. By making the rewards experience easier and more enjoyable, we are helping our customers deliver more value faster." -Innovation Minds CEO Bala Balasubramaniam The Innovation Minds team integrated their patented concept ‘Earn-Your-Pride-To-Reward-Your-Peers’, an innovative framework that allows employees to exchange appreciation for each other’s contribution, encouraging employees to make deep, personal connections with their team members and see how their position affects the work of others. Mike Lella, Head of Business Development added, The idea of receiving reward from an accomplished peer is much more meaningful than simply receiving recognition from management alone. Simultaneously, this notion is also encouraging a self-sustainable culture of engagement because the awardees get to enjoy the privilege of earning AND giving. The solution features a wide range of reward options that supports 594 global brands, 45 countries and 28 currencies, customizable for each company's specific needs while being aligned with their company values. It also provides HR teams and managers with tools to measure the success of their campaign and track results. We understand that rewards are often not enough to keep your employees motivated at work. It's about more than just giving out candy it's about creating an environment that makes work rewarding in itself. This latest upgrade will allow us to support even more companies in their efforts to drive employee engagement and retention, said Maria Bolo, Head of Customer Success at Innovation Minds.

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HR ANALYTICS

ChartHop Honors People-First HR Leaders Through 2nd Annual People Pioneers Award

ChartHop | November 16, 2022

ChartHop, the leader in people analytics transforming the way companies manage and support their people, has recognized 10 People leaders redefining the HR discipline in its 2nd Annual People Pioneers Award. ChartHop created the People Pioneers Award to honor HR professionals who have positively impacted their companies and employees via company growth, cultural change, new benefits programs, and more. "This past year we've seen a people-first revolution and People leaders have been tasked with developing programs for the whole employee lifecycle to create a true sense of workplace belonging, We celebrate this year's group of talented People Pioneers for their ability to drive change, embrace the future of HR, and pave the way for future leaders." -said Ian White, founder and CEO of ChartHop The 2nd Annual People Pioneers Award winners were nominated by their peers and selected by a rigorous judging process evaluating their impact on implementing people-first initiatives to positively influence both their people and business' bottom line. Winners earned their accolades for their success in establishing fair compensation policies, scaling company growth, increasing employee net promoter scores, and implementing DEI initiatives. This year's recipients are: Adrianne Court, CHRO at Tealium Aleksandra Paszkiewicz, Head of People at Netguru Chad MacRae, VP of Talent at Tinder JaNaye Norman, VP of People at Modo Labs Jen Paxton, VP of People at Smile.io Joanna Wise, SVP of People at Whip Media Larry Indovina, Chief People Officer at Top Hat My Doan Cong, Head of People at ALT Natalie Rast, Director of People Operations at Stensul Noah Warder, Head of People at Guusto Chad MacRae, VP of Talent at Tinder, earned a spot on the list for bringing strategic foresight to his company's talent team and overseeing triple headcount growth over the last three years. Tinder hired 70% of its current employees under MacRae's leadership. Other key initiatives MacRae introduced to support this dynamic growth include creating workshops, moving to true scenario planning, and implementing the "Be Your Best Self-Education Reimbursement" program. I help my team to lean into the current state of the business and examine the external drivers affecting a business and its headcount growth, With this focus, the Talent team has been able to plan for multiple scenarios while scaling through a global pandemic and launching hybrid work possibilities across North America,said MacRae. My Doan Cong, Head of People at ALT, a champion for inclusivity and employee wellbeing, was chosen for her tremendous impact in creating an empathetic environment for all ALT employees. Since joining the company in early 2022, Doan Cong has rolled out several people-first initiatives: she authored employee leveling and raise structures, increased events and communication to promote belonging, and developed an employee wellness program addressing physical, mental, and financial health. We've heard a lot of talk about driving efficiency across different tech companies, At ALT, we approach efficiency through a people-first lens by asking ourselves, 'How can I get folks to do their best work?' Engagement and feedback culture is really important, especially in companies with remote workers,said Doan Cong. About ChartHop: ChartHop is transforming the way companies manage and support their people. By consolidating people data into one employee-centric platform to visualize, discover, and act on insights, 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, and Starburst. Founded in 2019 by Ian White, ChartHop is backed by Andreessen Horowitz.

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WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT,HR STRATEGY

This HR Tech Company is Solving the Everyday Pain of People Management Challenges for Managers

Culturro | November 28, 2022

Culturro today announced the launch of Risely, an AI coach for people managers and leaders. Risely helps managers in real-time to solve their daily people challenges and, in turn, helps them create high-performing teams. "In my 17 years of career, I have worked with several managers and been a manager to many. In the last five years, we have worked with 200+ managers, and one thing became clear, managers are pivotal for any organization. Managers must ensure that the team performs optimally and meets or exceeds the management's expectations. The team and manager's working relationship impacts the end performance of the team. But often, managers are unaware of their blindspots and have little idea where things go wrong. They deal with different challenges with different people on the team. Bad working relationships impact the careers, health, and well-being of everyone involved. This is why we designed Risely," - Ashish Manchanda, Founder & CEO at Risely Leadership and Manager development is ~30Bn $ market growing 10% annually. But we still observe trends such as #TheGreatResignation and #QuiteQuitting. So, what's missing, we asked ourselves. Most current solutions fail at some point and don't create the correct impact for their clients. There is a clear need for a solution that focuses on people managers' problems, is in the flow of work, works consistently at scale, and doesn't bite the pocket, added Ashish. According to the statement from the company, Risely has been in early access so far with a host of managers from Fortune 500 companies such as SAP, Zalando, Wayfair, Axtria, Caastle, Incedo, Micron, Byju's, and AES, among others. These managers have not only been the early users of the product but have also helped shape it since the early days. Risely has been a game-changer for my team and me. The customized tips my team and I get daily have helped us create stronger working relationships. We are more confident in our ability to deliver on our objectives, says Prashanth BN, AVP Technology at Byju's, an early Risely user. Risely is simple to set up. The manager starts by configuring their details and the challenges they face with the team. They have the option to customize challenges for different team members. Once set up, Risely creates a Learn Journey, a step-by-step process through which Risely starts guiding the manager daily. The learning comprises a daily bite-sized learning tip focused on one challenge or skill in the Learn Journey or a detailed toolkit the manager gets at stipulated times. The manager can track their progress through different skill assessments built into the system. Additionally, Risely is offering a host of resources such as toolkits and leadership skills self-assessments for Managers. About Culturro Culturro is an HR tech company leveraging AI and People Science to solve organizational problems.

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