Hello from HighGround! Meet Madeline Ryder

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How did you find your way to HighGround? At the HighGround table, I met my future mentor, Nadia, a senior developer, and the head of our QA department, Marcie. We talked about the variety of opportunities at HighGround and the dynamic environment the engineering team functions in. I felt like HighGround was a place where I could be exposed to a lot of different engineering roles and grow as a developer. How is HighGround disrupting the HR technology space?

Hello from HighGround! Meet Alyssa Venere Braun

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At HighGround, we take diversity seriously, and today we’re giving you a prime example: Alyssa Venere Braun. but Alyssa shares why she did and what she loves about her job, HighGround and the HR tech space. What attracted you to HighGround? How much HighGround values curiosity, grit and rolling with the punches. I lead our Strike Team, which is HighGround’s first line of defense against defects and bugs that may pop up across our platform.

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Hello from HighGround! Meet Gina Slesar

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How well do you know the people behind HighGround? Today we cornered Gina Slesar for her thoughts on working at HighGround. She certainly knows her way around the office, having worked on the Sales, Customer Success and Product teams. How’d you get your start at HighGround? I joined HighGround in February 2015. I researched some local startups and found HighGround. I currently work on the Goals and Recognition products.

HighGround is Hiring: Beyond the Job Description

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You might have noticed that HighGround is growing. Here are some questions you might have before applying to join our team: What’s it like working at HighGround? Our leadership team is committed to hiring people who are truly enthusiastic about and committed to making HighGround the industry leader. If you’re running away from another job rather than running toward HighGround, then we’ll probably take a pass. And this means our team is expanding too.

5 Questions with HighGround CEO Andee Harris

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Things have been in full swing over here at HighGround since CEO Andee Harris took the helm, so much so that we haven’t had time to stop and introduce her on the blog. Andee celebrated her two-year HighGround anniversary last month and was previously our Chief Engagement Officer. Third, as Chief Engagement Officer, I was in a role that touched nearly every facet of the organization, from client service to product, sales and marketing. HighGround is hiring!

HighGround Hits the Road: Upcoming Events and Webinars

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As always, you can stay up to date via the entire HighGround events calendar : Argyle’s 2017 Human Capital Leadership Forum. Webinar] Harness Neuroscience to Create a Productive Feedback Culture. The post HighGround Hits the Road: Upcoming Events and Webinars appeared first on HighGround. Summer is sadly coming to a close, which means we’re ramping up for a busy season of events including webinars, conferences and other networking opportunities.

SHRM 2018 Recap: The Three Things We Love Most About Conferences

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We get to do three things that are critical to HighGround’s success: 1. Attending conferences like SHRM is an important way to do a gut check, so to speak, on our priorities from both a technical, product standpoint as well as in terms of what services we offer to clients. By the way, if you register now, you can get a $300 discount on behalf of HighGround. The post SHRM 2018 Recap: The Three Things We Love Most About Conferences appeared first on HighGround.

SHRM 2018 Recap: The Three Things We Love Most About Conferences

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Attending conferences like SHRM is an important way to do a gut check, so to speak, on our priorities from both a technical, product standpoint as well as in terms of what services we offer to clients. Kazoo highground events SHRMAnother SHRM conference has come and gone. This year’s event held in Chicago brought together 22,000 HR professionals for several days of networking, keynote presentations, breakout sessions and fun.

News You Might Have Missed – July 25

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Is HighGround One of Chicago’s Coolest Companies? Follow this link to vote for HighGround as the Readers’ Choice award winner. Nix Hoodies, Add Maternity Leave, Says HighGround Exec. Women make up half of HighGround’s executive team but we’re a rarity in the tech scene. The Holy Grail Of Productivity. Productivity is more than just streamlined processes and completed checklists.

Three Must-Do’s at Next Week’s HR Tech Conference in Las Vegas

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2018 has certainly been a busy year for us at HighGround, and this year’s HR Tech will be a special one for us as we make our conference debut with YouEarnedIt. Visit the YouEarnedIt + HighGround booth. Spend some time with the HighGround and YouEarnedIt teams at booth #221. YouEarnedIt + HighGround CEO Autumn Manning will be live demo’ing its real-time employee experience platform during the session on Thursday from 1:30 – 3 pm. About HighGround. 20+ years.

News You Might Have Missed – June 13

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Intermedix Uses HighGround to Build Culture. HighGround Modernizes Goal Management with Enhanced Solution to Drive Greater Organizational Success. HighGround announced an enhanced version of its goal management solution within its mobile-friendly platform. Make your employees happier and more productive by giving them recognition. Did you know you can email subscribe to the HighGround blog?

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Progress and Partnership: Joining Forces to Lead the Market

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Our focus on empowering companies to build high-performance cultures and engaged workforces has driven us to transform our product platform to a holistic employee productivity, engagement, and performance management solution. Today, I’m happy to announce the next stage of that growth: YouEarnedIt is joining forces with HighGround, a leading real-time performance management and engagement provider, to revolutionize the Human Capital Management industry.

Five Companies Doing Summer Perks Right

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While some companies might assume that providing summer perks leads to less productivity and decreased engagement , research has shown that the opposite is actually true. Here are five companies that are taking perks to the next level to keep employees happy and productive. Moz realizes the impact that short breaks with family and friends can have on an employee’s ability to be productive and happy at work. If you do, have you seen any effects on engagement and productivity?

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The New World of Performance Management Webinar Q&A

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HighGround offers a variety of feedback types including: Group feedback. You can learn more about HighGround Check-Ins here and feedback here. Because of this reality, HighGround includes conversation guides that direct managers toward more collaborative and productive performance discussions. You can also hear more about how HighGround customer, LRW, is creating better managers. What role does an HRIS play in the implementation of HighGround?

Build vs. Buy: Technology Costs for In-House vs. Solution Providers

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Furthermore, the Society of Human Resource Management estimates organizations that spent at least 1% of payroll on their recognition system saw a positive impact on ROI, productivity, branding, employee relationships, engagement, etc. Sally Scannell is a Sales Solution Engineer at HighGround, working with customers to establish key performance indicators and helping them achieve program goals.

News You Might Have Missed – August 8

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HighGround founder and CEO, Vip Sandhir, shares his thoughts on employee engagement, the power of HR insights and the responsibility of executives to drive employee engagement strategies. HighGround was nominated as one of the coolest companies in Chicago and we hope you agree. if you do, follow this link to vote HighGround for the Reader’s Choice award. Built In Chicago shares how HighGround and other Chicago tech companies celebrate employee milestones.

What Are You Doing to Build a Diverse Workforce?

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These invite-only events focus on “connecting top female engineers, designers, and product managers with opportunities at tech companies around the world.”. But diversity is nothing new at HighGround. If you’re interested, please apply via LinkedIn , visit the HighGround Careers page or contact info@highground.com for more information. appeared first on HighGround.

The Big Question: Do You Have People Data?

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Solutions like HighGround offer visibility into three major areas: Performance Management – Organizations that move toward a frequent cadence of performance development get richer data. Engagement tools like HighGround also allow goal-setting and coaching so both the employee and manager can collaborate and shift priorities if necessary. Platforms like HighGround empower peer-to-peer, top-down and external recognition. appeared first on HighGround.

News You Might Have Missed – April 4

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Use their feedback to help improve employee engagement and productivity for all generations. How Politics is Impacting Your Company’s Productivity. The post News You Might Have Missed – April 4 appeared first on HighGround. Uncategorized feedback Final Four Growth Millennials productivity Vip SandhirCheck out a few of the recent stories that caught our eye as well as HR industry news you might have missed. Why Most Leaders Are Not Qualified to Lead.

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Exciting News for YouEarnedIt and HighGround. In July, when YouEarnedIt acquired HighGround, we knew big things would be in store for our combined organization. Our focus on empowering companies to better engage the modern workplace has driven us to continue investing in our platform to bring an integrated employee productivity, engagement, culture, and performance management solution to the market.

Bad Bosses: It’s Not Always Their Fault

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Technology solutions like HighGround empower you to arm managers with effective leadership skills through active coaching and check-ins, employee-driven feedback and measurable results through surveys. Encourage your managers to have frequent conversations with employees and track those conversations using an engagement platform like HighGround. But how do managers know what to say during those conversations to make them productive and non-confrontational for the employee?

News You Might Have Missed – May 16

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Vote for HighGround as Favorite New Product. We are honored to be nominated for a People’s Choice Stevie Award as favorite new product. If you agree, follow this link [link] and enter code Z402F to automatically vote for HighGround. What did they have to say about leadership, Millennials and “productive slackers”? The post News You Might Have Missed – May 16 appeared first on HighGround.

3 Must-Have’s for the Modern Employee in 2019

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The companies that embrace and proactively respond to this emerging reality will have the competitive advantage as they execute on strategies that will enable them to win the talent war, enhance employee productivity and elevate brand equity.”. To understand how performance management initiatives contribute to more meaningful work experiences for employees, look no further the HighGround Meaningful Work Study 2018.

News You Might Have Missed – April 18

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This 1 Word Will Instantly Make You More Successful and Productive. ” It can help you shift your behavior, become a better leader and be more productive. Unveiling the HighGround Performance Management Data Study. Stress can kill your productivity. Congrats to HighGround customers Allianz and Pure Insurance for making Fortune’s 40 Best Companies in Financial Services and showing how to positively focus on employee relationships.

News You Might Have Missed – October 17

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Remote Work: A Productive Perk Worth Keeping. Companies that scale back remote work policies to boost productivity have the wrong idea, our CEO Vip Sandhir tells CIO. The post News You Might Have Missed – October 17 appeared first on HighGround. Check out a few of the recent stories that caught our eye as well as HR industry news you might have missed. Communications Tactics You Should Be Using Internally to Help Your Own Team.

News You Might Have Missed – May 30

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Our Chief Engagement Officer, Andee Harris, explains how leaders must adjust their thinking about productivity and performance in today’s workplace. We were honored to be nominated for a People’s Choice Stevie Award as favorite new product. If you agree, follow this link [link] and enter code Z402F to automatically vote for HighGround. The post News You Might Have Missed – May 30 appeared first on HighGround.

YouEarnedIt Wins Gold and Silver Stevie® Awards in the 2018 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

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The company won a Gold Stevie in t he Company of the Year category for Business Products with more than 10 employees and co-founder Autumn Manning won a Silver Stevie in the Female Executive of the Year category for Business Products with 11- 2,500 employees. With Vista’s backing, YouEarnedIt has further extended its product platform into the performance enablement market with the acquisition of HighGround , a leading real-time performance management provider.

News You Might Have Missed – March 21

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Promoting employee health opens the door for increased productivity, greater communication and relationship-building between employees. On International Women’s Day, HighGround Leaders are Trailblazers. The post News You Might Have Missed – March 21 appeared first on HighGround. Check out a few of the recent stories that caught our eye as well as HR industry news you might have missed. Q&A with HR Expert, Andee Harris. Finding the right talent is difficult.

17 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged in your Performance Management & Social Recognition Program

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These can be specific to company events or milestones or celebrate new products or services. One HighGround client created a Chuck Norris-themed badge to celebrate its “Day of Awesomeness.”. Systems like HighGround can integrate with tools like Outlook, SharePoint, Yammer – wherever employees spend the most time communicating and collaborating.

The Staffing Industry Engagement Struggle is Real

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My colleague Chris Dede, Vice President of Customer Success at HighGround, sat in on the discussion, “What Motivates and Demotivates Your Clients?” At HighGround we believe there is a strong correlation between the health and productivity of the staffing firm’s internal employees and the quality of the workers they place at their client sites. The post The Staffing Industry Engagement Struggle is Real appeared first on HighGround.

We’re Moving to Higher Ground

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Why HighGround, Why YouEarnedIt, Why Now? A great mission, an innovative product and a talented team are all important components of great companies, but a key ingredient of our success has been our partnership with customers. HighGround’s employees and customers are in good hands as we look to the future. And HighGround employees will gain access to even more career growth opportunities as we embark on this journey.

News You Might Have Missed – January

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Employee Engagement and Employee Productivity Aren’t the Same Thing — Here’s How to Boost Both. Learn the difference between engagement and productivity, and how to achieve the best of both worlds within your own company. Feedback is essential to employee development, but it’s difficult for managers to provide it in a productive, constructive way. The post News You Might Have Missed – January appeared first on HighGround.

News You Might Have Missed – May 31

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Engagement is linked to productivity, retention, morale and innovation. You’ll get the latest HighGround and industry news sent straight to your inbox. . The post News You Might Have Missed – May 31 appeared first on HighGround. Check out a few of the recent stories that caught our eye as well and HR industry news you might have missed. Stay tuned every few weeks as we give you a rundown of the industry news you might have missed.

Is Your Recognition and Rewards Program Costing You Too Much?

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we tackle where product mark-up, dated rewards and clunky technology can hurt you more than help you. appeared first on HighGround. Not all recognition and rewards programs are created equal. That, however, can be hard to prove when trying to convince executives it’s time for a change. Many companies think that simply checking the box on having a rewards program is good enough.

Q&A: Dean Carter of Patagonia Answers Your Questions

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Yes, we structure our feedback template through the HighGround tool. HighGround helps structure conversations by giving employees a simple digital form to help organize their thoughts. Can you talk about building better teams, not just building more productive individuals? The post Q&A: Dean Carter of Patagonia Answers Your Questions appeared first on HighGround.

Analyze THIS: What HR Experts Shared in September

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They make decisionsbased on productivity, not politics. The post Analyze THIS: What HR Experts Shared in September appeared first on HighGround. We’ve featured Meghan M. Biro’s work on Talent Culture previously in this series (in April and in August ) and for this month’s post we’re digging a bit deeper.

Which Comes First: Employee Engagement or Performance?

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Happy employees mean productive employees, right? appeared first on HighGround. HR has the difficult task of serving both employees and executives. They determine the processes that drive engagement and a positive company culture. While at the same time, they’re responsible for the strategies that create a high-performing workforce that delivers an outstanding customer experience and top business results.