‘Shark Tank’ Presentation Opens IHRIM’s 35th Annual Conference

By Aliah D. Wright September 17, 2015

ATLANTA—The International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) Conference opened Sept. 16, 2015, with its version of the television show “Shark Tank”—minus the snarky panel of judges.

“We created a new technologies committee [and] they vetted a lot of companies and decided whether or not they’d put them in front of attendees on the [stage] as well as the showroom floor,” said IHRIM Executive Director Todd S. Mann. The final five companies presented innovative technologies to assist employers with retention, training, talent acquisition, employee wellness and workplace productivity.

Each company had seven minutes to unveil its product. The finalists were:

“What we do is empower the employee to self-drive and build a long-term career in their organizations,” said co-founder and CEO Akash Savdharia. “Employees register in a few minutes and build a career plan, get recommendations, notifications, mentor advice,” to assist in their career development. “The whole point is to help them build a career within the company, as opposed to thinking about moving on to the next job.”

  • PlayerLync, a digital training and development platform, which “lets you automatically push and pull secure videos and documents to iPads, and enables your team to deliver and control and collaborate on content in amazing new ways,” said Ryan Dover, the company’s vice president of channel and business development.

Dover said that in the first year of using PlayerLync, Chipotle realized $2 million in savings because it eliminated the need for paper-based training material. The fast-food chain now uses PlayerLync to deliver training videos, recipes, operations manuals and corporate culture information to iPads, according to the company’s website.

  • Sapience Buddy, a mindful productivity app from Sapience Analytics for mobile and desktop that tracks work time and habits. “The way we work today is significantly different than what it was in the past,” Khiv Singh, assistant vice president of sales and marketing, told conference attendees.

“Time is an enterprise asset,” and it has been reported that 35 percent of that time is wasted on activities that are unrelated to work. “One in three employees are attributing stress to work,” he said. “Sapience helps reclaim 30 percent more core work time, thereby improving productivity and wellness.”

  • BeWorkHappy, which offers “intelligent matching solutions”for employers and professional recruiting companies, said the company’s CEO Frank Arno. It has a “state-of the-art matching technology that’s much more efficient than any other job tool,” he said.

The software goes beyond simply matching keywords in a job description against a candidate’s resume, to “read and understand any resume and any job faster and much more accurately than keywords can, and even the human brain.” Individuals upload their resume or LinkedIn information onto the site and it presents applicants with “a work DNA” to point them toward the best job available on the site that matches their skills, he said.

The tool, according to its website, connects employers, employees, vetted health care providers and services, and disease management specialists to create a holistic health care value management system.

The website also states that the tool “facilitates the discovery of areas of concern, high-risk populations, early indication of chronic conditions such as the onset of diabetes, or cardiovascular diseases, and offers recommendations for interventions that address these areas of concern —and reduce costs over the long term.”

Aliah D. Wright is an online editor and manager for SHRM. You can see her tweets @1SHRMScribe. You can watch ZakiPoint discuss its platform on her Periscope channel @aliahwrites


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