Roundup: Employers Just Can’t Connect with Workers, Candidates

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Employee communications specialists take note: According to PeopleDoc, 60.8 percent of employees ignore emails they receive at work, and 40 percent ignore HR messages specifically. Also worth noting: forty-seven percent say their level of happiness rises as emails decline. How can you reach the workforce, then? More experts speak of text messaging.

Recruiting firm MRINetwork said 76 percent of candidates expect to apply for jobs and receive feedback via mobile devices. However, only 30 percent of employers today offer a mobile-friendly application process. Candidates say companies that don’t provide a solid mobile experience are less attractive as employers.

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AI, automation and international competition will fundamentally change how companies attract, hire, train, reskill and upskill employees, according to SilkRoad and the Harris Poll. But while HR decision-makers say they’re prepared for technical disruption, they’re not confidence their efforts to prepare employees will reduce their uncertainty or adequately prepare them for newly required skills.

Newly merged Montage and Shaker International named Peter Baskin, a 20-year veteran of the SaaS recruiting space, as chief product officer. Previously, Baskin was a vice president of product management at SAP SuccessFactors. In his new role, Baskin will oversee development and integration of the combined company’s recruiting automation platform and product strategy.

DailyPay announced an API integration with Paycor that will allow the two systems to share data, calculate real-time available earned-wage balances facilitate the instant transfer of funds when employees request them.

Mihi joined the ADP Marketplace to provide compliance-related tools covering country-specific labor, HR, benefits and data privacy requirements as well as a self-service tool to manage leaves, benefits and time and attendance. Mihi is localized for 17 languages.

Scheduling platform Humanity completed an integration with Workday. That company said joint customers will benefit from increased efficiencies because employee data can be stored in a single system of record without double data entry.

Meanwhile, BenefitMall will offer ZayZoon to its payroll clients, allowing employees with pre-payroll access to their earned wages.

Symphony Talent added messaging features to its XCloud platform. The tools will help employers develop “conversational engagement” with both candidates and employees, the company said.   

PlanSource launched Luna, its latest software release. Available immediately to customers and partners, Luna is meant to improve theHR and employee shopping and enrollment experiences, as well as the self-service renewal tool. It also includes a new PlanSource Community, which connects users with like-minded benefits professionals.

SyncStream released an enhanced version of its EEO-1 Comply to help employers addresses the EEOC’s expanded EEO-1 requirements. The enhancement includes two new features: Manage Employee Hours, which helps organizations credit hours of service to determine their total hours worked, and Workforce Analytics, which breaks down average employee pay and hour data by gender and ethnicity to identify possible disparities.

Empyrean Benefit Solutions launched Empyrean Pilot+, a product-line extension designed to help employees make better financial decisions. The feature uses integrated data from enrollment to utilization and performs advanced analytics to help workers identify healthcare cost savings. Users can also manage benefits, view balances and spending trends within one application.

Surprise HR added AI capabilities to match employees and rewards. The platform’s “Amalie” engine learns worker preferences by asking a series of questions, then communicates with its vendor network to coordinate, schedule and book experiences for employees.

Financial wellness firm BrightPlan unveiled new features to its benefits platform including personalized recommendations for employees selecting funds in their employer’s 401(k), investment insights for linked investment accounts and a spending analysis feature into BrightPlan’s budgeting module.

GP Strategies, a performance improvement firm, launched a new program, Leadership Essentials. The company said the product combines “a digital learning journey” with human connections to help users develop their leadership skills.  

Onboarding SaaS solution Enboarder closed $8 million in Series A financing. The round was led by Greycroft, which participated in the company’s previous round of $4 million. In total, Enboarder has now raised $12 million in funding.

Analytics company PredictiveHR raised $1 million in financing from angel investors. The firm’s product uses machine learning to predict talent trends and their financial impacts. 

Margaret Laffan became vice president of business development for TalentSeer, a talent acquisition and market research platform. Previously, she was client executive as recruiting platform AllyO.

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