The PeopleDoc Blog

Tips, ideas and inspiration for making HR's job easier and the employee experience better.

Why HR must be central to remote management

The era of data analytics has led many to believe that if it can’t be measured, it can’t be managed. This is a notion that needs to be challenged though in the new normal of virtual and homeworking due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Impact of Covid-19 on HR - How Digital HR Can Support People Operations in a Time of Crisis

Every year, we try to analyse global macro-level social and economic trends to make predictions about the future of work. At the beginning of 2020, we shared our 2020 MegaTrends with our customers and the broader HR community. We hoped to identify big topics that every HR leader has to have in mind to prepare their organisations for the years to come. Now 6 months later, we are faced with a massive public health crisis that no one saw coming. We are living through a global pandemic that has changed the way we work overnight.

How PeopleDoc by Ultimate Software is Responding to COVID-19

Like you, we’ve been closely monitoring the latest news about the COVID-19 (coronavirus). As cases continue to increase both nationally and globally, we are working to ensure the safety of our people and our community, as well as the ongoing support of our customers. New updates are happening on a day-by-day—and sometimes minute-by-minute—basis, and we will continue to adapt our policies and best practices as needed.

Bring on HR 4.0: confronting the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents both significant challenges and opportunities for the HR function. Organisations are at various stages of the digital transformation timeline. For some sectors, wholesale digital disruption is already a reality and digital transformation demands a reinvention of their offering to customers.

Why prioritising HR Service Delivery pays off

An organisational transformation can be quite complicated and take many years to accomplish. Finding the right balance of change effectiveness and impact is tricky but essential to successful transformations. The first question many organisations ask is, “where do we start?”

Being ‘Nice’ in HR is Killing Your Credibility

HR is usually put in one of two buckets:

How to Set a Relevant Goal

If you haven’t seen it, Jonathan Benhamou, CEO and co-founder of PeopleDoc wrote a great post about New Year’s resolutions. You can check it out here. While I was reading the post, it reminded me of goal setting.

HR Hacks Series: Improve Employee Engagement and Productivity with Onboarding Hacks

According to Equifax Workforce Solutions, 40 percent of employees who leave their jobs do so within the first six months. This can cost organizations thousands of dollars. Once an organization has spent a lot of time and money hiring an employee, the last thing they want is for the employee to leave.

HR Hacks Series: Hack Your Interviewing Process With Collaboration

Once you’ve identified a great candidate, the last thing any organization wants is to lose them during the interview phase. That’s why it’s important to have an effective and efficient interview process.

HR Hacks Series: Find Quality Candidates with This Recruiting Hack

At this year’s HR Technology Conference and Expo, I had the chance to chat with the folks from People Doc and joined them in celebrating their latest round of funding. Our conversation focused on the future. Not just the future for People Doc but for the human resources profession. Of course, recruiting came up. The unemployment rate is at pre-Great Recession levels. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for organization to find the best talent.

Eliminate this One Form to Become More Strategic in HR

If you Google “address change form”, and search images, you’ll come up with over a half a million address change forms online. This one form, singlehandedly, has become the poster child for bad HR! Think about this for a minute.

The Secret to being Happy at Work

We've all been sold a really harmful lie, by a lot of people.  That lie is:  To be truly happy at work, you must do what you love (or some variation of the same theme). It's complete garbage that is usually told to you by an ultra-rich people who can do anything they want!  Someone who really doesn't have to earn a living because they have a spouse earning a living for them, or someone who just flat out got lucky. Right place, right time and does something they actually love for a job.  I know, I know, "Tim, you create your own luck!", said by the same idiot whose wife is a brain surgeon and allows her deadbeat husband to be a "writer" at home. Still most of us define our happiness like this:

5 Emerging Technologies to Transform Your HR Department

Technology is an essential part of the way we conduct business today. While everything in our business doesn’t have to be automated, there are some basic technologies that most consumers expect. A couple of examples include a website and automated phone directories. These technologies help customers find information quickly to engage with the company.

Why we love hating on HR!

I’ve been in HR and Talent Acquisition for 22 years. The first job I had was working for a staffing firm recruiting technical professionals, so I thought it was completely normal being hated.  I grew up thinking being hated in HR was just what it was. We were that one function in the company that wasn’t liked because of what we had to do, namely terminating people.

$28M in Series C funding, solid partnerships and customer wins

I am thrilled to announce our Series C funding of $28 million led by Eurazeo, along with our historical investors Accel Partners, Alven Capital, and Kernel Investments. Eurazeo is one of the leading listed investment firms in Europe. This new funding will help accelerate our growth in the U.S. (American Express, Fast Retailing, Georgetown University and Paychex are a few of our new clients) and our revenue performance globally (we have quadruped our global revenue and have now over 400 customers).

HR Needs to MeasureTheir Customer Service Effectiveness

At the risk of sounding like a well-worn cliché, if human resources wants business partner status, they need to be prepared to produce, discuss and be held accountable to the numbers. But in today’s competitive business environment, defining what numbers human resources needs to track can be a moving target.

Less Firefighting = Better HR

My very first real HR job was working out of Omaha, NE for a regional retailer.  I handled 14 states, 125 locations and about 7,000 employees in my role.  I had another guy just like me who had the other half of the company who helped train me. What I discovered was this guy never got out of the office. In fact, he rarely got up from his desk as his email and phone were a constant distraction, as you can imagine with the scope of our responsibility!

Virginia SHRM Recap: Discussing the Future of HR

Eric Horwitz, PeopleDoc’s VP of Partnerships, attended the Virginia SHRM state conference, and presented “Revolutionary HR: The Do's and Don'ts of Marching Forward”. 

How to Get Answers from Human Resources

As a human resources professional, I’ve seen employees struggle to get answers to their questions. Not because HR pros are trying to keep information from employees. But because employees don’t know who handles what in HR.

The 4 C’s of Successful Employee Onboarding

Onboarding is a critical process for engaging new hires. First impressions count, and no employee wants to arrive the first day with a pile of paperwork to complete and without the necessary equipment. The best onboarding programs enable new hires to begin contributing quickly, reduce employee turnover, and increase retention.

Four Tips for Paperless HR

Typical HR departments must manage benefits, training, recruiting, onboarding and several other functions. Each function is associated with various documents that must accompany each employee. According to an ADP survey, 60% of companies are still storing employee files in paper. According to Iron Mountain, an employee file contains an average of 29 pieces of paper.

Tim Sackett's Review of PeopleDoc

The following blog post was written by Tim Sackett, and originally featured on The Tim Sackett Project, as a part of his T3- or Talent Tech Tuesday series:

Adapting Human Resources for Millennials

Millennials have surpassed Generation X as the largest component of the workforce. In the first quarter of 2015, there were 53.5 million Millennials in the workforce, and 52.7 million Gen Xers.