Roundup: Paychex Integrates With Wearables; SHL Leverages Video Platforms

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Paychex launched integrations with the Apple Watch and Google Assistant. The connections allow employees to access their HR information easily without having to log in from a mobile device or desktop. Employees can view their most recent pay information through Apple Watch, or retrieve their pay information and Paychex Flex notifications via voice command on Google Assistant.

London-based SHL will integrate its live interviewing technology with videoconferencing platforms including Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The company’s customers will be able to use their existing solutions with SHL’s Smart Interview to digitally schedule and conduct interviews.

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BetterUp rolled out Coaching Circles, a group development solution that integrates evidence-based learning, peer coaching and group discussions. This offering complements BetterUp’s one-on-one coaching and is meant to help organizations scale their coaching efforts. 

JobSync launched an integration with Monster that allows customers to take advantage of the job site’s one-click apply process. 

Planful will enhance its Workforce Planning solution to extend its capabilities in order to improve collaboration between Finance departments and HR. The platform will help employers standardize compensation calculations by using data from Finance, HR and operations, analyze the financial impact of workforce decisions and forecast scenarios based on cost drivers.

The global corporate wellness industry generated some $50 billion in 2019, and is forecast to generate about $66 billion by 2027, a CAGR of 5.9%, according to Allied Market Research. An increase in chronic disease, plus increasing awareness of wellness programs, is behind the growth, though those costs involved in such efforts hinder expansion. 

One Touch Interviews launched its version 5.0. New features include image capture, bandwidth and call quality monitor, in-video messaging, secure links, multiple-party connection and screen-share. closed a $125 million Series D funding round, which it will use to expand and scale its recruiting technology platform. Led by General Catalyst, the round brings the Mountain View, Calif., company’s total funding raised to date to more than $180 million. Eightfold said it’s more than quadrupled sales since closing the previous round of funding in April 2019. The company has customers in 110 countries, using 13 languages. They include AirAsia, Bayer, Capital One and Micron.

Talent marketplace MarketerHire raised $3 million in funding with participation from the company’s founders and several individuals. The round brings MarketerHire’s total financing to $4 million. The company also launched MarketerMatch, which parses jobs into distinct attributes across more than a dozen marketing roles.

Beekeeper joined the UKG Dimensions Technology Partner Network. Through the partnership, Beekeeper will automatically notify employees when their schedule is adjusted in Dimensions. They can also view their shift schedule from any location.  


Bob Lopes became CHRO of Randstad North America. He joined from sister company Randstad Sourceright.

Boris Shimanovsky and Renata Dionello have joined ZipRecruiter as chief technology officer and chief people officer, respectively. Most recently, Shimanovsky was senior vice president of engineering at Foursquare, while Dionello led corporate development for Sony Playstation.

Travis Parsons joined Korn Ferry as senior client partner in the firm’s global technology practice, based in Silicon Valley. Previously, he worked for an unnamed executive search firm.

PandoLogic appointed Jason Putnam as SVP of sales. He’s worked previously at BountyJobs.

Aspen HR hired Mark Sinatra as CEO. The joins as the company prepares to launch a PEO in January.

Last Week’s Top Stories

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Are Employers Investing in the HR Technology They Need?

While they’re planning for future needs, most employers aren’t taking advantage of existing technologies or the capabilities of existing tools, according to an HR tech pulse survey by the insurance and risk management firm Gallagher. Read more.

With Merger Done, UKG Begins to Build a New Business

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