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.