Best Employee Engagement Software - May 2020

Best Employee Engagement Software, ROI calculator, questions to ask on demos, and more

Are you looking to get a more holistic view of the culture at your company?  Would you like to increase employee retention and engagement?  Buying an employee engagement tool may be the solution.

Our goal with this guide is to save your first 5-10 hours of research into this category.  At the end, you’ll be able to articulate the ROI from employee engagement software, know the best employee engagement software vendors, common pitfalls other companies have stumbled into, and  more.

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Top Employee Engagement Tools

We track thousands of HRTech solutions, these are the best Employee Engagement tools and services per our research and expert council as of November 2019

Kazoo’s employee engagement solution is coupled with rewards and performance management all in one platform. This three pronged approach allows People teams to use one vendor that seamlessly shares data across all three modules.

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It’s no wonder they have over 600 customers, which include Patagonia, Kaiser Permanente and Allianz. Also worth noting is they have a customer retention rate over 90%! Learn More About Kazoo

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CultureIQ is an employee engagement platform that ties employee listening to culture, and culture to business strategy. Their offering is part SaaS, part high touch consultants that will help you plan and execute your program. This is helpful especially for their core target of large enterprise customers that include Sanofi, AirCanada, AXA, and many more.

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Workvivo is an enterprise social network that becomes the central hub for employee communication. Employees can share content, give one another shoutouts, and tie company news/events back to values. Their product looks and feels like a traditional social network. This familiar experience drives engagement, collaboration, and belonging.

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Emplify uses a data driven methodology to understand the state of engagement in the org (which they point out, is different than happiness/satisfaction!), and then uses their dedicated engagement strategists and manager coaches to help organizations action this data.  They look at 17 different data points across the organization, and strive to get statistically significant data on a regular cadence that aligns with your business’s metrics.

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15Five has been around since 2011, and has over 2,000 customers that rely on their performance management suite to figure out what drives their employees, and how to incorporate this knowledge into feedback/coaching.  The product is easy enough to setup where they didn’t even have a sales team the first 6 years of the business.

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Tinypulse’s employee engagement software allows managers to have a holistic understanding of their organization to cut down on unexpected employee departures, build the right culture, and increase performance. Their solution is used by Microsoft, the Red Sox, Nike and many more.

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TinyPulse

Glint is now part of LinkedIn/Microsoft and definitely one of the pioneers in this space.  They are worth taking a look at, although it’s unclear how their solution will evolve post-acquisition, and how their pricing fits into the rest of your overall contract if you are an existing LinkedIn customer.

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Glint

Reflektive’s software covers the gambit of performance management to employee engagement.  This means their product allows you to measure and track OKRs, 1:1’s, real time employee engagement, etc all from one platform.  Reflektive’s customers include Comcast and Dollar Shave Club.

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Peakon is a data driven solution focused on allowing organizations to make better people decisions.  Their people analytics software includes real time management training modules that are suggested based on employee data.  While based in Denmark, their largest market is the US and their customers include Capgemini and Verizon.  Peakon powered data is being used in their customers’ annual reports alongside more traditional financial metrics.

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Companies looking to boost their employee retention should take a look at Reward Gateway’s engagement solution (we also have them featured on our rewards page).  Their product offers employee communications, peer to peer recognition, automated awards and so much more.

Waggl is an employee voice platform that started with the unique insight that organizations can get more insights from employees by asking less, more often (relative to arduous annual surveys).  Waggl is a great way to understand what aspects of your culture need help.  Their product can help small teams all the way up through customers like 3M, Boeing and Microsoft.

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CultureAmp was one of the first next generation employee engagement companies to hit the market, and did a great job of building community around their PeopleGeek meetups/newsletter.  They have 2,500 customers from Adobe to Pixar.

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CultureAmp

7Geese is an employee first performance management system which has focused on the under-resourced HR teams of small to mid sized companies.  They are very focused on tracking OKRs and allowing employees to see how their actions are contributing to the overall performance of the organization. 7Geese has a dedicated team of talent advisors who can help you get started, all of whom have backgrounds in both HR and change management.

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Final Advice on Employee Engagement Software

The best employee engagement software is a game changer for organizations looking to supercharge their workplace experience, and decrease employee turnover.  There are no silver bullets when it comes to disengaged employees or having perfect insights into what’s going on with your business.  However, this is a great place to start.

If your company needs a better way to start gathering employee feedback, or is simply looking for ways to improve culture, then our suggestion is to start by getting demos with 2-3 of the top employee engagement software companies in order to figure out the details around how this would work within your organization.  Good luck!

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