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HCI Employee Engagement Conference Recap

I am sitting on an Alaska Air flight from Seattle to San Francisco having just completed our first conference where we exhibited theEMPLOYEEapp. The event we attended was Human Capital Institute’s Employee Engagement Conference. I can’t help but reflect on the déjà vu experience we had.

It was a little more than two years ago that we launched our first mobile product, theIRapp, at the National Investor Relations Institute’s annual conference in . . . Seattle Washington. When we launched theIRapp in 2012, our take-away from the conference was that it was an “a-ha moment” for many investor relations professionals who stopped by our booth for a demonstration of our turn-key native app Platform as a Service walked away saying, “That’s cool. Oh-yeah! Mobile is a great way to connect with our investors . . .” Fast forward to today and more than 100 public companies worldwide have embraced our platform to push information to their investors; 60,000 individuals/investors from around the globe have downloaded our apps to their iPhones, iPads and Android mobile devices.

The reaction this time around at HCI was the same as at NIRI. The internal and corporate communications as well as human resource professionals who stopped by to speak with us totally understood the value that mobile employee communications can play in communicating with a workforce that in many instances is traveling around the world and not tied to a desk. Through our discussions, we learned that up until now, many organizations had a very difficult time communicating simultaneously and instantaneously with their employees. However, they all recognized that one thing has changed in just a couple of years – and that is that almost everyone now has a mobile device. They realized that an opportunity exists to use 21st Century technology – smartphones and mobile apps – to help them solve a problem in their work that seemed impossible. The question was how.

As the communications professionals left our booth at the HCI conference, we heard a reaction similar to the investor relations professionals two years earlier: “Oh-yeah! All my employees have mobile devices. This is a solution that can allow me to communicate with all of them at the same time . . . a-ha.”

Seattle is a great city and I can’t wait to visit again . . . next time exhibiting a different communications mobile app product.

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Startups Aim to Replace Corporate Email: Will Companies Really Ditch Email Altogether?

Since the official launch of theEMPLOYEEapp in March, we have had numerous discussions with companies, large and small, regarding the challenges they face when communicating with their workforce.  A topic that repeatedly has come up is the fact that employees are overloaded with emails.  In that vein, a recent Wall Street Journal story caught our eye on a new wave of startups looking to replace email. Companies like Slack and Asana are aiming to become the alternative to email and are attempting to offer a way for employees to collaborate outside of the inbox walls.

Given the proliferation of mobile  technology and the ability to “push” information directly into the pockets of those who have opted in to receive it, it is not surprising that entrepreneurial companies are looking to take advantage of the “mobile wave” and to create a 21st Century replacement for email.

We don’t think that email will disappear any time soon. However, with new solutions that already exist or are becoming available, reliance upon email will certainly diminish. Through our discussions with our customers, companies that have incorporated theEMPLOYEEapp into their internal communications efforts have been able to limit the quantity of emails they send about business processes, company updates, news sharing, etc.

Computing is undoubtedly moving away from the personal computer to the mobile computer. To the extent email was developed for the operating systems of the PC, something new that takes better advantage of the operating systems of mobile devices will probably prevail.

Exciting change is upon us – are you ready for it?  Are you ready to ditch email altogether?  Let us know what you think!

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Infographic: theEMPLOYEEapp 2014 Employee Communications Satisfaction Survey

The manner in which employers communicate with their employees has a direct impact on employee engagement and job satisfaction according to theEMPLOYEEapp’s 2014 Employee Communications Satisfaction Survey.

The survey looked at the importance of communications to employee engagement and job satisfaction as well as current and preferred methods of employee communications. Given the recent proliferation of mobile technology, the survey also sought to determine the extent to which employees use mobile devices for work and how legacy communications methodologies are currently being utilized by an increasingly mobile workplace. The below infographic, created by Visual.ly, shares the key results of the survey, showing that the way employees do their work is changing and that they seek greater engagement from their employer via their mobile device.

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