Employee engagement platforms

Updated: December 23, 2019

2018. LinkedIn acquires employee engagement platform Glint

LinkedIn has acquired Glint, a startup that provides employment engagement services for businesses and other organizations. One big focus for LinkedIn over the years has been how to expand the amount of engagement — and therefore revenue — it derives from paying customers, and in particular businesses that are on its platform. Today some of LinkedIn’s revenue generating products include premium memberships, recruitment (Talent Soutions) and education, by way of Lynda.com. Glint is another step ahead in that wider strategy to build out more services for those users, alongside existing services like education, CRM tools and, most recently, business intelligence.

2015. Enterprise Gamification platform Playbasis gets $1.8M

Playbasis, the company offering gamification solution for business and enterprises, has closed a $1.85 million Series A round. Playbasis started out with a full focus on gamification — which is best epitomized by Waze, Foursquare and other consumer apps that use leaderboards, badges and competitions to drive engagement — in the enterprise space. However, customer feedback and the nascent nature of the space, saw it expand its reach into other areas. The other focus is a series of APIs and modules developed to give app developers, game publishers and anyone creating apps the opportunity to incentivize users via rewards, and more. In the case of enterprises Playbasis is developing dedicated software and services to help motivate and engage staff and end customers with the help of new technology like virtual reality.

2014. IBM adds more business intelligence to its Kenexa talent management suite

IBM announced three new cloud-based predictive HR services, all of which include consultative engagements from Kenexa workforce scientists. IBM Kenexa Predictive Hiring helps to model high-impact roles such as sales associates in retail, brokers and advisors in finance, researchers in the pharmaceutical industry, or production line workers in manufacturing. Then the system tests for those skills by creating assessments that are embedded into the cloud-based recruitment platform. IBM Kenexa Workforce Readiness assesses the skills that organizations have in place and then predicts the crucial job families required for a customer-driven organization geared to emerging market conditions. IBM Kenexa Predictive Retention has three components. First, it offers senior HR leaders a predictive understanding of the people who are at risk of leaving. With the rollout of a new Talent and Change consulting practice, IBM also introduced four consulting services aimed at companies in transition.

2009. Jive integrates corporate community with Social Web

The company of the future - is a social network that includes employees, customers, partners, market experts, and the crowd of the web. All them are engaged in the business - discuss problems, share ideas and contribute their knowledge. Such company has no exact borders - it exists as an organic part of the market. That is why its product always meet expectations. But how to involve external contributors to the corporate community? It's not necessary any more. Let them communicate where they like. You just need to unite the internal corporate network with the global Social Web. That's the central idea of Jive Market Engagement - the new service of Jive (the leading Social Software vendor). Jive's most popular solution, Jive SBS, already contains internal corporate social network tightly integrated with customer community. Jive Market Engagement is the third element that integrates these two networks with the external social web. Jive decided not to develop the new module itself, but to use the market-leading solution Radian6. This system can monitor discussions about your company and products in Twitter, Facebook, Google alerts, any blogs, forums, photo and video sharing communities, RSS channels  and even in email correspondence. Besides, it enables to post answers right from the user interface and also creates analytical reports, showing company-related activities in social media. Unlike Social CRM software, an external discussion, after it's moved to internal corporate software from the Social media, is not archived but continued in Jive. For example, if somebody in Facebook complaines that he found a bug in your product, you can easily create a workspace around this issue, discuss it with co-workers and collaborate on the related tasks.