Roundup: Managers Weighed Down by Employees’ Covid Worries

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Employees are dragging under the pressures of Covid-19, and managers feel responsible for it. According to Limeade’s 2020 Employee Care Report, 72% of workers say they’re burned out, up from 42% as measured in last year’s report. Meanwhile, 84% of managers feel at least somewhat responsible for their direct reports feeling such strain. “Managers are trying to support their teams, but employees aren’t feeling the impact, suggesting a lack of bandwidth and training,” commented Laura Hamill, chief science officer at the Limeade Institute.

CareerBuilder sold its ownership in Textkernel to an investment group, according to media reports. Based in Amsterdam, Textkernel provides search and matching technology for résumé and cover-letter databases. CareerBuilder will continue to offer Textkernel’s services.

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British business software firm the Access Group launched Access People, a new HR software, content and services division. The group’s solutions will be available through Access Workspace, a platform that offers applications from across the Access Group into a single user experience.

Selerix Systems announced a real-time integration with Paycor. The connection allows groups managing benefits on Selerix’s BenSelect platform to synchronize their data in real-time with Paycor’s payroll software.

Canadian HR software provider PurelyHR was acquired by Sherweb, a cloud solutions provider. Founded in 2010, PurelyHR offers an HR management platform with modules to help manage employee leave, time-off and performance.

Startup Vinci VR was awarded funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to develop VR training simulations for offshore wind installations. Vinci is working with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to create VR solutions to train workers on the skills and expertise required to plan, install and operate offshore wind projects.

Microlearning software provider Qstream reported year-on-year new business growth of 30% through the end of August. Revenue from existing accounts expanded by 20%, the company said. It believes the growth is due to increased demand from enterprises seek remote-learning solutions for their distributed teams.

Totara, a UK-based provider of enterprise learning and performance management technology, launched the Totara Talent Experience Platform, an integrated suite that combines learning capabilities with a new learning-experience platform and performance-management system.  

GoTab, a contactless ordering and payment platform for hospitality companies, said it now integrates with 7shifts, a labor management solution for the restaurant industry. The integration allows hospitality operators to access a single view of real-time sales and labor data.

Cornerstone OnDemand appointed Duane La Bom to become the company’s first chief diversity officer.  He brings nearly 20 years of experience in HR and DEI programs, most recently executive director of global D&I at Texas Instruments.

Kahoot! appointed Mads Rebsdorf to the new role of chief revenue officer, which the company said is part of an effort to build out and commercialize Kahoot!’s offerings. He begins work in January. He’d been managing director of Visma e-conomic, a cloud accounting software provider.

Dan Shoemaker became senior vice president of business development for Accurate Background. Before joining Accurate, he was CEO of PeopleFacts/Universal Background Screening.

Global HR Research named Warren Taylor, Jr., as SVP of operations. He had been with HireRight.

Last Week’s Top Stories

New Oracle Cloud HCM Features Stress Employee Experience

Oracle Cloud HCM added new products and features with an emphasis on personalized “journeys” for employees and enhanced data for use by HR teams. Read more.

HireVue Acquires AllyO, Incorporates Chatbots, Automation into Platform

Recruiting technology company AllyO has been acquired by HireVue, adding AI-driven chatbots and automated workflows to its core video-interview and assessment capabilities. The company expects the combination of products to help customers increase the pace of hiring and improve the quality of their talent pool. Read more.

Workday Aims to Aid D&I by Measuring ‘Belonging’

Workday announced new products to help employers develop and implement effective D&I initiatives. They’re built around the idea of “Value Inclusion, Belonging, and Equity,” or “VIBE,” which the company uses in its own approach to diversity and belonging. Read more.

Podcast: HCM Unlocked’s CEO on HR Technology and New Approaches to Work

Sponsored: HCM Unlocked CEO John Wallace discusses how HCM is changing because of Covid-19, and describes best practices of leveraging HR technology for a business advantage. Listen here.

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