Roundup: More Recruiters Go Mobile; Salesforce Launches Learning Platform

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Welcome to the week. Here’s our roundup of deals, product announcements and other news from the HCM technology community.

The number of recruiters using mobile devices in their work is growing notably. According to TechTarget, employers find mobile recruiting delivers “tangible benefits that can make all the difference in attracting quality candidates” and can be put to use in nearly every phase of recruiting, from attracting candidates to building relationships and keeping job seekers engaged.  Among the tools coming into vogue: text messaging, QR barcodes and mobile-optimized applications.

Salesforce said myTrailhead, a platform that helps organizations continuously re-skill and upskill up their employees, is now generally available. myTrailhead allows employers to train workers at at scale with a “reinvented and fun approach” that’s also customizable to their brand and personalized for each employee.

The technology of digital learning company Valamis has been included in LinkedIn Learning’s Integration Partner Program, allowing its users to access the latest LinkedIn Learning with content. LinkedIn Learning is an open online course web site that curates over 13,500 courses in software, creative and business skills.  

Indeed introduced Company Pages Premium to help employers communicate their brand values more effectively. With the product, organizations can offer all relevant details—such as company description, employee reviews, photos and videos, job openings and other information—in one place.

Compensation software provider beqom unveiled what it calls “the first plug-and-play dynamic Total Rewards Statements.” The new feature is designed to show employees the complete value of their compensation as a way to boost engagement and retention. Organizations are able to upload data from their existing HR stack without requiring IT’s involvement, then receive individualized statements within hours.

PayActiv and Visa have joined to provide employees with real-time access to earned wages. Through the agreement, PayActiv customers can offer real-time deposits of earned funds to their employees, with the funds made available to a Visa debit or reloadable prepaid card. As part of the move, PayActiv launched the PayActiv Visa prepaid card, a reloadable card that offers real-time and recurring access to earned, unpaid income.

Workplace training firm ELI added “virtual instructor-led training,” or “vILT,” to its platform The new product allows companies to offer ELI’s workplace behavioral training virtually through “a unique virtual learning experience on par with interactive, instructor-led classroom sessions.” The platform allows for live Q&A and discussion, polling and breakout sessions.

Curo Compensation, a developer of total compensation management technology, expanded its partner program. The company is seeking solutions, integration and subject-matter expert partners to participate. 

PEO and HR solutions provider Group Management Services updated its platform, GMS Connect to provide more automation and simpler handling of day-to-day administration, as well as improved client reporting, security and employee self-service tools.

Cultural solutions provider Partners In Leadership launched Propeller, a leadership and team app intended to keep individuals, teams and organizations focused and aligned as they tackle top-line  objectives.  

WebMD Health Services launched WebMD ONE, a digital solution that “reimagines” workforce wellness by delivering motivating recommendations, resources and content based on an individual’s priorities and preferences. WebMD ONE offers a single point of access to products and services that can be delivered via text, email, phone calls, mobile or desktop.

Workforce communications platform SocialChorus launched Content Planner, a tool that allows enterprises to plan their content strategies and measure the impact of employee communications in one place. The product also provides for collaboration on  review cycles, evaluation of past performance and prediction of content’s future performance. By allowing teams to build a more comprehensive, end-to-end communications strategy, the company said, Content Planner reduces manual workload while easing the way businesses measure their communications’ impact.

Betterworks, which provides continuous performance management software, secured a fresh $27 million to extends its Series B round to $51 million. The latest rounds were led by Emergence Capital and Kleiner Perkins. They bring Betterworks’s total funding to more than $65 million, and will be used to continue product development and sales efforts.

McDonald’s will work with “augmented writing” platform Textio to improve and scale its hiring and recruiting processes. Textio uses data gathered from a range of employers to help talent acquisition teams develop more effective job postings and other materials. The company said McDonald’s aims not only to recruit and hire more quickly, but to ensure its reaches “top-quality applicants in an inclusive manner.”

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