WebHR Topped the Gartner’s GetApp Ranking!


Yes it’s official! WebHR is at the top of Gartner’s GetApp ranking again!

GetApp recently published their quarterly ranking of the Top 25 HR solutions on the market, and WebHR was named #1!   (https://www.getapp.com/hr-employee-management-software/human-resources/#getrank )

Their ranking report aims to recognize the top solutions for SMBs and is based on five unique factors: reviews, integrations, data security, mobile platforms, and media presence. There are more than 255 HR solutions listed on GetApp, so being #1 is quite the achievement!

How are the scores calculated?

An app’s score is calculated using five unique data points, each scored out of 20, giving a total score out of 100. The ranking and scoring methodology ensure complete impartiality and independence from any relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

User Reviews*

Review scores are calculated using reviews collected from GetApp and its sister sites, Software Advice and Capterra. Scores are calculated based on the total number, average rating, and recency of reviews.

The number of reviews and average user rating are scaled against the category average. A weighting is then applied to reward recency of user reviews: reviews written in the last 6 months score up to 10 points, those written between 6 and 12 months ago score up to 6 points, and those more than 12 months old score up to 4 points. These numbers are added together to give a total maximum score of 20.

Integrations

Integration scores factor in a number of variables. Up to 16 points are awarded based on the number of integrations an app has; the first 10 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the category average, while 4 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the leaders in the category. An additional 5 points is awarded for an integration with Zapier, a widely used software integration platform, while an extra point is given for having an open API. The total possible score for integrations is 20 points.

Mobile Platforms*

Mobile scores are calculated based on the availability of an iOS and Android app. 5 points are awarded for the presence of each app, with an additional 10 points being awarded for the number and average rating of reviews in both the App Store and Google Play. These review scores are calculated and scaled against the competition for a maximum of 5 points per platform and an overall maximum score of 20.

If there isn’t a native iOS or Android app, the product’s website is assessed using Google’s PageSpeed Insights to measure mobile usability. The score is returned out of 100, then scaled to a score out of 5 for a maximum of 5 points.

Media Presence

Media presence is calculated using the number of Twitter followers and Facebook fans that an app has. The number of fans and followers are added together, and each app is scored based on this overall number, compared with others in the category. The first 15 points are awarded for the combined number of followers and fans scaled against the category average, while the final 5 points are awarded for the combined number of followers and fans scaled against the top leaders in the category. These two scores are added together for a total out of 20 points.

Security

Security scoring is calculated using answers from a vendor-completed survey. The questions in the survey are based on the Cloud Security Alliance self-assessment form as part of the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry. With 15 questions, each answer is assigned a point value based on vendor response, with additional points given for security certifications, for a maximum possible score of 20.

In the event of a tie, each data point is weighted for importance, with security taking precedent, followed by reviews, integrations, mobile apps, and media presence, respectively.

*All data points combining calculations for both ratings and reviews are calculated using a Bayesian estimate, which is a weighted average that includes the number of reviews and the rating of an app, benchmarked against others in the category

WebHR – Creating A Connected Work World

In a hyper connected social world that sees no distinction between work and social life, we live, breathe and survive on Facebook. The professional networks on LinkedIn create new opportunities and business ventures, socially connecting the different businesses and expanding our horizons. These days, there are hundreds of thousands of tools that let you stay connected and updated at all times. Be it twitter, SnapChat, Facebook or WhatsApp, they all create this essential set of connectivity.

WebHR is all combined in one, status updates, photos and videos shared like Facebook. The video calls & conferences, video interviews with candidates.  The companies can share news, update news feeds and news letters. WebHR shares and helps create company events, that go to everyone involved as notifications or show up on the dashboards as part of the news feed.

WebHR engages the employees by providing badges for employee engagement and encouragement. Live conference rooms, for different tiers and departments within a company to stay in touch and converse in real time. It’s tools are a great way of providing value to the clients, a way of adding more perks and cutting costs, to give them a taste of the future. It is the only HR software that has a conversational Web App, has integrated with Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Invoke to provide a futuristic HR assistant, that helps you gather intelligent data within a flicker of a second.

WebHR has means of constantly measuring the usage of clients and then upping its game, to keep giving them something new to try, test and add it as a feature. The fast paced innovation has enabled us to add a VR experience to everything like, meetings, conferences and candidate interviews. This is still in the testing mode but the team is very excited and is testing all possibilities of  making it flawless. Every detail is measured in terms of usage and user experience and then launched for all the users. The sidebars on WebHR’s dashboard show valuable everyday details that all HR managers would promptly want to get in touch with, like all important days, leaves, birthdays etc.

The news feed becomes daily stories to keep employees updated about all important things they should know about. The project management gets everyone involved, on the same page and makes it easier for employees to set assignments and monitor how tasks are accomplished. The teams can chat in real time or send messages, there are hundreds of tools companies use separately to make these things possible, while WebHR brings all under one platform. Every feature introduced and created is aimed towards usage and user friendliness, this is the reason the feedback we get is that WebHR is helping companies with higher engagement amongst teams at work. We constantly roll out something new, to make office and work lives easier, our teams are ahead of the curve when it comes to innovating and implementing something exciting.

The only way WebHR tops its competitor is true, responsive customer service, no call has gone unanswered since the conception of the company, having teams that work round the clock, since our customers are spread round the world and are now expanded over 196 countries. Our teams engage with its customers over calls, live chat, Facebook messenger, emails, phone calls, Skype, contact us form, twitter, LinkedIn etc. There is no way a customer could have a problem reaching out to us. The team at WebHR is always on a research and build mode, we listen to the pains of the customers attentively, talk to them and take their concerns into consideration, engage with them and develop features that makes things easier for them. The only way any company can increase usage is to keep offering things that remove glitches from everyday work life cycles.

Every integration made through our platform is always something requested by our customers, not just power users but also startups because that is where the true talent lies. We keenly observe the trends and usage of apps at all times and then integrate them with ours and that makes it easier for the users to get data all under one platform.

Free HR for Startups

Freebies have never lost luster and attraction. These days it is all about the value you can get for your money. For the startup world that actually means a lot. Imagine the most fragile time of your life, as an entrepreneur it means everything that matters to you, is the fact that your life depends upon the successful launch of your company. You are a builder, a dreamer and a doer, the only thing that you lack at this stage is resources. You might want to invest in a software that grows as your team grows.

WebHR has the capacity of accommodating and expanding as the needs change. The startup phase of the company is pretty critical, it is a time when one is experimenting, learning, exploring and venturing into new areas. At that critical phase of a startup’s life,  WebHR wants to provide all the initial leverage required  to launch without worrying about budgets and costs. WebHR also wants to provide them a classy most innovative experience, creating a culture of excellence right from the beginning.

Our motto is to not only cater to large corporations but also create an ultimate support mechanism for young businesses, so if a company has five or less employees, WebHR is free for them and provides them all the tools they need to manage their team in the best possible way. The mission is to educate and update entrepreneurs about the latest experiences in HR, also providing them a platform that uses AI to automate a lot of processes. Our aim is to provide an experience which they can easily claim they haven’t seen before.
Having said that, as a team grows and at times emerges as a bright and promising company that expands and adds in more employees, the system builds  a social culture within the organization, becoming an integral platform that would stick with them through their office lives.

Our teams have built brilliant ways of employee engagement which matter the most when any entrepreneur is building their legacy. The status updates, announcements, surveys, polls, meeting rooms, and badges for encouragement are all social elements that binds the employees together as a team.

WebHR gives all hard-core HR management tools and a lot more making office lives easier.
Our commitment towards all sizes of teams has set us apart from other HR companies. For WebHR it doesn’t really matter what size your company is, everyone gets personalized demo and training of the software for free.

WebHR believes in the culture of trust and openness between us and our clients hence, there is a detailed demo of the software available and anyone can view it. The customer service works round-the-clock, as we have clients all over the world, so it has to work in all times zones.

WebHR seamlessly takes care of on boarding, personal tracking, time and attendance, payroll management, recruiting, employee training and a lot more for free for any company, that has five or less employees. This social HR platform also features employee self service functionality and ability to manage employee training. It also allows the company to gather important verifiable data to report generation tool.

WebHR has made leaps and bounds in the field of AI, something upcoming companies might fall in love with. WebHR brings an easy hand free work environment where Amazon’s echo or Microsoft’s invoke becomes your HR manager.

Our team believes in innovation and so far is the only HR software that has partnered and integrated with physical devices to give the users an insight to what the future of HR is going to hold for them.The Web app is completely conversational now and acts like a personal HR assistant. WebHR helps organizations to get an effortless HR management to make startup of  life cycles smooth, so that they can function and exist in a peaceful environment and focus on their growth. WebHR understands that startups have time critical work goals and need to complete tasks as quick as possible, this is the reason WebHR helps them all the way from the time they on board their employees, to when they exit and provide them an exit screening.

Automation is the way forward and there is no stopping it. This helps facilitate the HR managers, supervisors and assistants and in numerous ways, so it doesn’t essentially means that it would eliminate the need of these people but enhance their skills. For startups it means less people with a better more efficient way of working. With automation startups can now focus more on strategy building and other productive measures to make their businesses more lucrative. The future of work means to get more productivity and profits out of your businesses and that is WebHR’s ultimate goal and motto. WebHR provides the boost and sense of accomplishment required by these small hard-working teams, keeps them engaged, rewards them and awards them, creating a sense of harmony and acquiring targets faster.

WebHR makes things simpler so even people with zero HR knowledge could feed data to the software and get faster more precise results. With a few clicks of the mouse or just by talking to the software, one can process payroll, benefits, on boarding, scheduling, shift planning, event planning, training -everything can be done without pulling out piles of paperwork that takes months of completion.

WebHR has the most secure way of having back ups for your data and in cases of emergencies and natural disasters, it is a sigh of relief that your data is backed up on a server rather than on files and papers that get destroyed.

WebHR supports and uplifts startups around the globe because, it knows the importance of how valuable the next generation of entrepreneurs is.

Another Milestone – WebHR & Microsoft’s Cortana Collaborate !

Like the widespread popularity of Amazon’s Echo and its interface with other physical electronics, businesses and apps with its assistant called “Alexa”, this is the year for Microsoft’s “Invoke” to enter into our lives. It has shattered all boundaries and with its highly superior AI ventured into everything we can imagine. With Microsoft’s extensive experience, in the field of AI and mixed reality, there is no doubt that Cortana will take this space to a new heights.

This year has been the most busiest at WebHR, we have announced huge game changing moves in the field of HR and are moving at rocket pace to get them done. For example, we were a proud and the only HR platform on Amazon Alexa’s skill this year and their Echo devices became “the HR managers” for an innovative workplace environment.

Having said that WebHR didn’t stop at that, as the fast pace of innovation is the mainstay themes of everything done at WebHR, Microsoft’s team reached out to WebHR and urged them into integrating with their “Cortana skills kit” just like we did with Amazon. Microsoft informed us of their intentions to launch a physical device empowered by Cortana. This is the glorious year when Microsoft has announced to go beyond mobile and desktop and spread it’s AI wings to their very first device “Invoke”

Invoke looks the same magnificent cylindrical shape as Amazon Echo but has a metallic Harmon Kardon speaker cabinet. Apart from its physical attributes and classy looks, it is determined to bring ease of automation to a large number of varied fields. That is where WebHR comes in, it shares a common goal and mission with Microsoft to bring AI and automation to workplace, to bring more interactive and connected teams, to challenge the past practices, to break the way offices work and to provide a pedestal of advancements improving the work culture. It shows the capability of WebHR and Cortana to get things moving faster not for just large and innovative corporations but also for small and medium enterprises.

Invoke goes beyond being an assistant, it collaborates with WebHR’s advanced integration platform and empowers the future trends of workplace. WebHR had the privilege to be at the Microsoft’s build conference 2017, which was larger than life in every possible way. WebHR was invited to be a part of their launch for their “Cortana powered device called Invoke” as their launch partners and was proud to be displayed as the very first and probably the only business app on their skill sets. This mighty beauty called Invoke can make your offices look like something from the future or more so like the movie “HER” where, you would be able to communicate with the devices and do most of the HR data analysis, this would be your Go-To manager by default.

As easy as it looks and feels like a seamless process, WebHR had to go over a multi-layered complex mechanism to attain this capability. ” It is a developer’s delight to work with Microsoft’s team” – something I hear my team saying constantly. They were always praising Microsoft’s prompt responses and unfaltering support at all times. The Cortana skills kit before going live was available to our developers in its infancy and it was an honor to have worked with them so early on for WebHR’s integration with “Invoke”. WebHR already had a background with Alexa, so it made the process faster if not easier. Teaching Cortana to do what needs to be automated in HR is imperative, as it will make things not just simpler for a lot of large organizations and companies out there but it would help them analyze critical data quickly without any delays or wait time for the team to come up with reports and analysis.

Being at Microsoft Build 2017 was a learning experience and we took home a lot with us, most notably the way they plan “world domination”

 

 

 

 

One HR Software to Rule Them All

Organizations go through different stages of metamorphosis and their needs change accordingly. It is imperative to induct HR software ahead of time than to repent later. As companies enter a growth phase it becomes an obstruction to sort things out and then start compiling important verifiable data. To make it a chain of succeeding upgrades, always focus on needs vs. accessories and a viable HR focused mechanism earlier in the life cycle of an organization can not only prove beneficial to them in keeping the records clean but also improve employee engagement and work culture.

The early stage companies are always more focused on “time critical” tasks and it is better to avoid archaic procedures and automate as much as possible.

Here, I have attempted to piece together a summary and a guide of all essential HR software needs, as described by cloud based HR software consultancy Software Advice, that different sizes of companies could possibly execute.

This data is a representation of why anyone should be aware of future innovations in HR, in order to successfully build their company’s HR architecture in a proper fashion.

A. How WebHR helps a company that is just starting up

Payroll:

WebHR helps companies in the stages of their infancy, even when they have no established HR department, all the way to the stage where they have thousands of workers. It helps establishing a basic structure through which they can course through the employee’s earnings and salary ranges, accurately remunerating t workers. Once, setup and integrated with a payroll processor, they can calculate total payroll, charge the company bank account for the correct amount and transfer the wages to their employees.

WebHR successfully manages payroll for over 200,000 employees worldwide and has recently announced that it will start calculating and filing federal taxes in U.S. too. It already has a fully integrated payroll mechanism that serves most of its clients but now it will launch an in-house payroll processing module.

Since payroll data is so classified, WebHR takes extra ordinary stances towards the security of its clients and has been rated highly for that.

Time and Attendance:

WebHR offers a complete tracking mechanism for employee hours, leaves and shifts. It is by far the most extensive time and attendance module, which besides just managing employee time and generating reports, allows the employees to clock in and out of shifts, view schedules and request time off.

WebHR is the most innovative HR solution out there, as it integrates with multiple platforms like Amazon, Microsoft etc and has these services given as voice enabled commands, providing the first ever conversational platform for HR related tasks. This hands-free work environment is the leading reason WebHR is considered as one of those companies that is merging AI into the HR industry at a fast pace.

Consider the fact that if a company is even a bit over 100 employees, it is near impossible to track employees hours and PTO manually and hence, WebHR will certainly help manage the company most effectively in that regard.

Personnel Tracking:

With a solid amount of information and data for each employee in an organization, updating and recording data for employees in the age old method of spreadsheets will certainly not work these days, as it is not only time consuming but also error prone. WebHR helps in digitally managing and keeping a log of every important document and creating an easily manageable database of those records. The migration to WebHR can offer any company a fresh start to straighten out any discrepancies and validate administrative composition, hierarchy and structures of the organization.

WebHR allows the system admin/supervisor to be in charge of the level of accessibility of the employees to update their profiles, data and records themselves. So this way, WebHR’s personnel tracking module helps throughout the lifecycle of an employee, starting from the point when the employee comes on board with the company to the point when they exit.


B. Growth Phase

A company when it enters a growth phase and goes on a hiring spree with a substantial number of people, it could benefit immensely from the modules WebHR has to offer in that category. It is specifically designed to adjust to and cater to organizations with growth spurts and has the flexibility to accommodate and mould itself according to their structures, goals and increasing needs.

Performance:

WebHR helps in an in-depth 360 degree evaluation, which involves multi-layer assessing mechanism through managers, supervisors, colleagues and annual reports involving employee self-assessment. WebHR establishes a mechanism through which individuals, teams and company goals are created and then weighed against employee’s performance focusing on their individual goals.

Performance evaluation and management is not a vanity indicator of a company’s success but a handy tool to judge an actual growth and improvement by accessing “real measurable productivity” that helps employers to identify high performers. This process of identifying high performers also helps companies to recognize their short-comings and then train their employees accordingly. This exercise results in accelerating sales, generate revenue and engage existing employees.

WebHR has a clear edge on other softwares because it helps companies pull out actionable metrics that are essential to formulate analytical data, that structures future strategies.

Benefits:

It is noted that reasonably larger companies, need benefits management for the purposes of enrolling, such as health insurance or a 401 (k). WebHR has a comprehensive and in-depth benefits administration module that makes these processes easier and tacks the data for cost and correspondence towards its expenditure

WebHR’s self service portal can help employees enroll themselves in benefits with an easy vetting process to weigh their options.

Applicant tracking:

WebHR’s ATS is the most popular tool for its clients worldwide and provides a central tool through which recruiters post job openings and can embed it into their websites, post it to social media, refer it to a friend and is also integrated with popular job sites to make the process easier.

It helps in a process of collecting the applications, track the workers, score them individually or set a criterion and test them all the way to where it generates job offer letters for the best candidates.

WebHR has gained immense popularity amongst the recruiters all over the world and has been complimented upon its ease of use and increased functionality. It is also the most sought after feature for most of the companies going through their growth phases.

On boarding:

WebHR’s on boarding tool facilitates new recruits to easily become full fledged employees by moving them through all necessary steps and making the employer’s lives easy. The forms are digitally generated and optimized according the latest rules and regulations.

WebHR takes away the need to have any paperwork involved by automating most of the tasks, providing them an online portal to avoid any confusion regarding their initial roles. WebHR provides a seamless transition to all new job applicants to transition from being a candidate to an actual employee within the company. WebHR makes this tedious task of on boarding for large corporations very simple and swift do that they can move on with the daily routine in no time.

LMS:

WebHR’s learning management module allows the organizations to train their employees in an online portal. LMS is a great way to identify under-performers and give them necessary training courses to re-enforce their core capabilities and enables the employees to perform at a much better pace.

 

HR Software For Non-Profits

 

 

The constant rise of non-profits for a vast array of causes means “more” challenges and hurdles regarding the funds, staffing needs and compliance with the state and Federal laws.

There is a wave of new generation, promising leaders venturing into the launch of non-profit organizations and the space is pretty competitive. It gets immensely constrictive for the growth of a non-profit when it deals with the same set of requirement as any other company or corporation but with limited resources. Their staffing needs are more eloquent, as they need to spread the word out about the cause to build a sense of trust. This has to be done in such a manner that it ensures a constant influx of funds to keep the organization afloat.

With a rigorous hiring process, the demands to manage a more complicated hierarchy arises. The diversification of roles is such that it goes any where from philanthropists that are on the board of the organization, all the way to a vast number of volunteers that are a part of the organization. Presenting a “typical” case scenario for a large non-profit organization. Their HR needs hence become unique and more specific. On the contrary, some organizations have too little staff and yet their volunteer team is more out and about in the field. No matter what the structure or the tiers exist in the organization they deal with essentially the same issues. So, the fact that there is a mobile nature of their recruits which calls for a flow of communication between their peers and colleagues, becomes a hassle for them. Their traveling obligations change their work locations. This is where a more responsive HR mobile app can help them.

Typically, apart from different sets of resources that these organizations have, their needs for human resources management are almost the same as any other for profit company. They do need something more or less on the same patterns as any other company and have it at a discounted rate.

Their unique structure compels them to stay at par with the core principles of legal compliance and performance evaluation. It is imperative to comply with state and local law in addition to ACA and FLSA and always avoid the danger of breaching the law or engaging in any unlawful activity unknowingly.

Also, it is clear that non-profits never rely on generating cash as their main purpose, the inflow of of funds is always directed towards the intent of achievement of goals related to the cause.

How WebHR serves the Non-Profits

WebHR has been a strong advocate of non-profits in such a way that, it provides discounts to them, keeping in focus the fact that they have limited financial resources. It also has a way of adjusting to their unique structure that sometimes sports more volunteers than regular employees, by letting them add those volunteers in a contact directory. It saves them the subscription fee for each employee.

It is a sigh of relief for many organizations to just keep adding more workforce as volunteers and never actually being charged for those in the system.

“WebHR offers a clear 30% discount on an already discounted yearly plan, specifically for non-profits”

This discount is in addition to an already reduced yearly plan price, so that they can stay more focused towards their mission rather than worrying about their HR bills. Non-profits are never charged for their support or setup when they come on board with WebHR, making the process more smoother and convenient.

Since WebHR has spread its wings globally and deals with companies located in 196 countries, it understands the diversification of teams and their differences when it comes to the way they operate, which is why, WebHR is a well rounded, more appropriate choice for non-profits globally.

WebHR “The Number 1 HR Software ” as rated by Gartner’s GetApp

GetApp’s quarterly ranking showcases the top 25 Human Resources (HR) apps based in the cloud. Each app is scored using five factors, worth 20 points each, for a total possible score out of 100. These factors include user reviews, integrations, mobile app availability, media presence, and security. Each app’s score is independent of commercial interests and existing relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

( https://www.getapp.com/hr-employee-management-software/human-resources/#getrank )

An app’s score is calculated using five unique data points, each scored out of 20, giving a total score out of 100. The ranking and scoring methodology ensure complete impartiality and independence from any relationships that GetApp has with app vendors

WebHR has had a competitive advantage for a long time and is now being given its due credit, by the most respected platforms on the internet.  It has been placed at the number one position by Gartner’s GetApp for the second quarter of 2017. This remarkable achievement compliments the facts that it has also stepped in as a front runner at Gartner for  HR software this year. This constant success and recognition is the result of immense hard work and basic values that the WebHR’s team believes in. The company culture that supports its teammates as one closely knitted family.

Web Human Resource (WebHR) is a cloud based HR application. WebHR makes it easy for the HR Department to start managing their HR effectively and efficiently in less than 20 minutes. It is an indispensable tool not just for HR Manager but for the entire organization.

WebHR facilitates all functions of the Human Resource Department that deals with recruitment, employees’ management, payroll, performance, training etc. In fact, WebHR can be used to simplify the daily tasks involved in the HR Department.

WebHR acts as a bridge between human resource management and information technology. It allows enterprises to automate many aspects of human resource management, with the dual benefits of reducing the workload of the HR department as well as increasing the efficiency of the department by standardizing HR processes. It has recently integrated with Amazon Echo and for the first time in the history of HR world, also gives a physical device that acts as your HR manager and automates HR related processes.

WebHR converts human resources information into a digital format, allowing that information to be added to the knowledge management systems of the organization. The result of this is that HR data can be turned into useful information that can cater the needs of any other department within the organization. In analyzing organization wide resource usage this data can prove valuable. Data related to the time usage of the workforce can enhance the decision making abilities of management, allowing the HR department to form an integral aspect of strategy formation for the organization as a whole.

WebHR has essentially opened doors to the future of Work force management and ventured into the most innovative ways of dealing with it. Its unique company culture and values places it at a pedestal that is respected by its clients around the Globe, emerging as a true Global Leader in the HR sphere.

WebHR in Gartner’s FrontRunners 2017

WebHR has been included on the 2017 FrontRunners quadrant for HR software!  http://www.softwareadvice.com/hr/#top-products

FrontRunners is powered by Gartner Methodology and offers a data-driven assessment of the most capable and valuable systems for small businesses. It’s driven by real user reviews/ratings, and verified product data.

 

This FrontRunners analysis is a data-driven assessment identifying products in the HRIS software market that offer the best capability and value for small businesses. For a given market, products are evaluated and given a score for the capability (x-axis) and value (y-axis) they bring to users. FrontRunners then plots the top 25-30 products in a quadrant format.

To be considered for the HRIS FrontRunners, a product needed a minimum of 20 user reviews, a minimum capability user rating score of 3.0 and a minimum value user rating score of 3.0. In most cases, we evaluate hundreds of products and feature only 20-30 as FrontRunners; thus, all products that qualify as FrontRunners are top performing products in their market.

WebHR is proud to be included in this category and wants to share this exciting news with its clients and customers.

Your Business Is Doomed ! – Here is why…

WebHR_EmbraceTheChange

 

“Winter is coming” – No it’s spring actually, so you can smile! The agonies are finally over, or are they?

Look around you and try to absorb the fast pace of change, if you haven’t been to a public park in a long while, now is your time to go sit in the sun ( like the one we have here in California )

Coming back to what I want to share with you, if you haven’t had a reality check I want to send you to a verbal intervention, shake you up a bit. If you own a business, buckle up! I want you to rise from your sweet slumbers and witness the global shift in the way businesses work these days.

There was a time when big corporations ( the sharks) reaped all the benefits and dominated in every area you can imagine.

Fast forward to “today” where we see startups and small companies taking over the world. Something that was unimaginable 10 years ago.

Imagine, what your company is doing with 50 employees and the same is done by a 3 employee company, even more efficiently, what would you do?

Scary! isn’t it?

Sears, JC Penny, RadioShack etc these are the outlets we millennials have been visiting since we were  small kids, looking at them fading away today just breaks our hearts.

How to save them?

After every few decades, there is a paradigm shift, that changes the whole scenario and if you are not fast enough to move to the next paradigm, you will be left out.

AI, AR, VR, ML, NLP – Are these all just buzz words? I don’t think so, I think you cannot step into the future without them.

If your company does not board this super sonic flight of innovation, it will bite the dust and evaporate eventually.

In today’s age if your company is not well equipped with tools of technology, a startup will eat your lunch and eventually replace you.No matter how harsh it sounds, this is the reality. Kind of like what Uber is doing to the Taxis and AirBnB is doing to the hotels.

“You can run, you can hide but you cannot escape this apocalypse”

So, what is it that you are missing out on?

And what can you do to make sure, your company lives to see another day ?

  1. Get WebHR, sit back and relax and “walla” you are done! – “NO!” JK! There is much more that you have to do, Such as –
  2. Equip with technology in every possible way
  3. Go mobile wherever you can
  4. Meet remotely as much as you can
  5. Cut your costs and avoid extensive cash burn
  6. Automate! automate! automate!

Technology:

Fifteen years ago, businesses without a website were considered as stone-age companies, of course your business has a website today but does it have a chatbot?

Chatbots are a great way to engage with your customers by not hiring, expensive support team.

Of course a chatbot cannot replace a human but trust me, it can handle 60% of their tasks efficiently. The way 1-800 replaced a lot of customer support representatives 10 years ago. Today chatbots are replacing 1-800s

Go Mobile :

If your business is tied to a building, you should consider going mobile wherever you can. Gone are the days of brick and mortar, lets not forget, that every individual is equipped with state of the art smart phone in their pockets, who wants to have access to your business even when they are pooping!

 

Meet Remotely :

GoToMeeting, Xoom, Skype, Hangouts, etc these are some of the ways we are suppose to meet people these days, rather than flying or driving – That’s so yesterday !

Technology has made communication so fast and efficient that you can have a meeting with a prospect client based in Japan at 9:30 am and with another client in San Francisco at 10:00 am.

I met a few people probably in their 60s last month and they were constantly flying back and forth to meet their clients, result? They were out of business soon! I say cut the cost and cut the crap!

Avoid Cash Burn :

Let me just ask a simple but very important question, “Do you have to hire expensive HR people, when you can do the same for just $50 Amazon Echo device? ”

Think of cost cutting, a drone can bring versus the delivery guy. I feel sorry for all the jobs that technology will cut  – but this is unavoidable!  Time and again we have seen and witnessed the downfall of large corporations with more employees than some countries in this world, some of them just hiring to look bigger and the rest to burn the cash they got from making a fool out of wealthy people. The amount of pain and agony that some very dedicated teams have to go through, when the companies realize that they don’t have enough to have such large teams and begin their process of downsizing. The anger and resentment is just part and parcel of those procedures.

 

Automate :

Every industry is taking enormous advantage of automation revolution. Why should the small and medium companies be left out? If I must say, this is your chance to compete directly with the big bosses or the large enterprises. Regardless of what industry you are in, you can make a huge impact and set the sails of success in the right direction. This is when you define the character of your company by displaying the kind of ambitions and motto you follow. Be a champion by embracing the innovation and the boon of triumph will be served to you in the golden platter.

 

Technology is the only enabler that has brought everyone on the same page. Today any small or a medium company can buy sophisticated software, that were only affordable by large enterprises few years ago. Software as a service ( SaaS ) is becoming the de facto or mainstream choice for the companies, to acquire all of the latest tools at the fraction of a price.

You too, can survive the wave of innovation and stay afloat by using it as your “life buoy”

 

How Loyal Are Your Employees ?

employeesloyaltyThe workplace science and chemistry is directly reflective of inner harmony or devotion of an employee towards their employers. A strong allegiance often is a result of constant and untiring efforts on both, the employee and employers end. As of today, hiring is not that big of a hurdle as compared to engagement and retention of the best talent on the team. The feeling of belonging and merging with an environment comes with understanding and working with different mindsets. An attitude that emanates a sense of interest in the idea of commitment towards the employer, a sense of duty that clearly embodies that no employee should knowingly or willfully bring harm to the employer’s business or have conflict at work, that is due to the polarity of their self interests.

As businesses mature and companies go through phases of metamorphosis, it generally becomes more complicated to practically achieve this balance. A growing and successful business is more often a result of multiple tough decisions and a constant wave of restructuring, hiring, firing and resizing teams. In the midst of all that craze, any layoff can become an ugly next day news headlines.

We have seen this happening now, more than ever that with a wave of dozens of large companies that managed to hire too fast, without analyzing practical expenditures Vs. true earnings, had artificially inflated valuations. All of that drama is coming to an end and we have observed some of the very popular companies crumbling under such pressures by being carelessly extravagant. Then begins a cycle of layoffs, resulting in angered employees, who would magnify any discrepancies a company has; sometimes publicly in press.

A bad press is what scares many large corporations, or we must say that it should. There are many examples that we can directly relate to, Theranos, Zenefits and Uber top the charts for controversies and employee dishonesty. The problems were not mainly related to employee loyalty but a major set back happened due to that. I always say and stress on this, that if honesty pays back, dishonesty can bite back when one’s least expecting it. To expect a loyal and honest employee that you could present as a gold star standard, the leadership in a company must portray a major share of those traits itself, to ensure that it is a give and take scenario. If this sensitive equilibrium is not maintained, a back lash can hit hard. Many companies don’t realize the implications of downsizing , it doesn’t just immensely mar their image but the benefits they expect to reap from that restructuring are too little, as compared to the negative vibes emerging in the market about them. A loss of trust and respect are the major areas where the race is lost. It is a better approach, we must say, to build business with a hiring process that is not fueled and forced by the investment or profit but rather is more focused towards the goals it meets, through a number of employees that is just “enough” for its needs. Hiring a team, to look powerful and influential or just because some investor pumped more money into the business, makes no sense.

We are an impatient society that has weird ideals and want quick results, even if that means you need to fake it at times. “The growth at all costs” does not necessitates that one deals their conscience for money. The founders who rise above and beyond that notion, not just acquire that equilibrium but earn a long lasting employee loyalty.

How many times do we see employees actually beginning businesses that are in direct competition with an employer, steal business secrets, unlawfully take confidential customer lists and supply them to the competitors, lure the existing customers towards a new business, some even conspire and cause massive resignations of the key employees from the company( e.g the Co-founder of hyperloop ), delaying a deal intentionally so that they could direct it to their maturing business, vandalizing records or computer files etc. All these actions are however, crimes punishable by law but by the time the law gets to them a substantial amount of harm has already been caused.

To put an employee’s duty under a proper law and boundary a  mechanism is in place and this law is called a “Uniform Trade Secrets Act”  This act clearly hinders any embezzlement of trade secrets by illegal means.

There is a wide array of laws in this regard like:

  • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ( CFAA )
  • A non-competition clause, also called a ” non-compete clause, a restrictive covenant, or a covenant not to compete”
  • A non-solicitation clause
  • A confidentiality clause
  • A work for hire clause

The details of these clauses can be looked up, while no employer is immune to fraud and theft but a certain amount of research done before hand can save them from a lot of future trouble.

A few important guidelines to follow are:

  • Background checks, specially with teams that handle and maintain finances
  • Securing company’s financial records ( regular password changes )
  • Thorough review of the payroll records to check phantom employees
  • Adopt a code of ethics or policy manual that is publicly known by the employees
  • Try to get employee dishonesty insurance coverage

An employee’s loyalty is not just a definition of their personality, it is also a reflection of a good leadership guiding and training them to enhance the culture of a company.