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isolved

isolved is the most-trusted HCM technology leader, providing the best combination of software and services to meet the needs of today’s People Heroes – HR, payroll, and benefits professionals. From talent acquisition to workforce ...Read more about isolved

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BambooHR

Instead of using fragmented spreadsheets, limited or clunky software, and physical paper, BambooHR helps you centralize your data and automate the way you complete key HR tasks. As you hire, onboard, and pay your employees, every ...Read more about BambooHR

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Centrally HR

HCM solution that helps manage and automate onboarding, benefits management, employee database, timekeeping and more....Read more about Centrally HR

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ClearCompany

Since 2004, ClearCompany’s end-to-end Talent Management platform has enabled thousands of companies to maximize talent by empowering people at every stage of the employee journey. ClearCompany integrates data-driven best practices...Read more about ClearCompany

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WorkforceHub

WorkforceHub is a cloud-based time, attendance, and leave management system for small to mid-size businesses. This software can capture time data from web-based clocks or physical clocks for employees onsite, mobile, and working a...Read more about WorkforceHub

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Paylocity

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Factorial

Factorial is a cloud-based human resources (HR) solution that caters to small businesses across various industry verticals. Key features include a time-off manager, an organisational chart generator, a document manager and more. ...Read more about Factorial

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Dayforce HCM

Dayforce makes work life better. Everything we do as a global leader in HCM technology is focused on improving work for thousands of customers and millions of employees around the world. Our single, global people platform for HR, ...Read more about Dayforce HCM

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PayPro Workforce Management

Over the past 30 years, Paypro has grown into a full service Human Capital Management provider, helping its clients in all aspects of payroll, time and labor management, human resources and employee benefits. Paypro has built its ...Read more about PayPro Workforce Management

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Performance Pro

Performance Pro by HR Performance Solutions is a cloud-based performance appraisal solution for HR professionals. Performance Pro is customizable and allows users to align the solution with company’s strategic goals. The system ca...Read more about Performance Pro

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Trakstar Perform

Learn how leading mid size companies use Trakstar to quantify the soft side of HR. Uncover better prospects, train top performers, reduce employee turnover. Connect hiring, performance and learning to develop an engaged and produc...Read more about Trakstar Perform

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ThriveSparrow

ThriveSparrow is a cloud-based employee success platform designed to drive growth, amplify performance, and create a thriving workplace environment. With a comprehensive suite of features, ThriveSparrow enables companies to engage...Read more about ThriveSparrow

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Motivosity

Did you know that 74% of companies rely on one annual survey to measure their culture and employee engagement? However, the sentiment of your workforce can change drastically within those 365 days. Through our MV6 standardized sur...Read more about Motivosity

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Empuls

Xoxoday Empuls is a cloud-based collaboration solution designed to help organizations of all sizes manage processes related to workforce motivation, employee empowerment and engagement. Empuls facilitates collaboration amongst emp...Read more about Empuls

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emPerform

emPerform is a hybrid employee performance management solution that helps organizations to automate performance reviews and align, develop and retain talent. It can be deployed either on-premise or in the cloud. emPerform helps ...Read more about emPerform

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Alight

Alight is a leading cloud-based provider of digital human capital management solutions that connect insights across people, work, and life. Through its AI-driven, personalized platform, Alight simplifies the complex HR and benefit...Read more about Alight

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Threads Culture

Threads Culture is an HR solution that enables users to measure employees against the business’ core values as well as goals unique to each employee’s position to identify who is adding to and who is detracting from company cultur...Read more about Threads Culture

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WorkTango

WorkTango revolutionizes how the world's most forward-thinking companies engage and inspire their people. We offer the only Employee Experience Platform that enables meaningful recognition and rewards, offers actionable insights t...Read more about WorkTango

4.9 (143 reviews)

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Bob

Bob is a modern HR platform for modern HR challenges. Simplify complexity Bob lets you manage people globally and thrive through change. From culture and connections to performance and payroll, Bob is the HCM built for everyone i...Read more about Bob

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

How many of your employees give their all at their job every single day? Likely not many. According to Gallup, only 1 in 3 workers said they were engaged at work in 2016, which means only a third of workers were "involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace."

That might not seem like a big deal—people have had to deal with unmotivated workers since the beginning of commerce, after all—but a significant enough disengagement problem in your workforce can result in the death of your business by a thousand cuts. Productivity losses due to disengagement are estimated to cost U.S. businesses $500 billion every year.

Solving engagement woes is no easy task, but employee engagement software can help.

Below, we'll go over everything you need to know about employee engagement software to ensure you pick the perfect system for your needs.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Employee Engagement Software?

Common Employee Engagement Software Functionality

Employee Engagement Software Pricing

Why You Don't Want Employee Engagement Software (Yet)

Additional Employee Engagement Resources

What Is Employee Engagement Software?

Employee engagement software describes an emerging category of performance management tools that help managers and HR personnel diagnose sources of employee disengagement and recommend solutions to fix them.

These platforms can be purchased stand-alone (e.g., Officevibe, Engagedly) or as a feature set within a more comprehensive talent management suite (e.g., Saba, BirdDogHR).

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Engagement report in Engagement Multiplier

Common Employee Engagement Software Functionality

The primary purpose of employee engagement software is to provide workers with a medium through which they can do three things they value immensely:

  • Submit honest criticism about their work environment without fear of retaliation

  • Get regular feedback from managers about their performance

  • Come together with coworkers to celebrate individual or company-wide wins

Though it will vary from system to system, here are some common features you can expect to find in most employee engagement software platforms:

Employee pulse

Create and schedule surveys to be regularly sent to workers in order to measure engagement levels around the company.

Worker feedback

Allow employees to proactively submit anonymous feedback about their concerns for leadership or HR to see and investigate.

Performance management

Set goals and track performance so managers can evaluate where workers are doing well and where they can improve.

Employee recognition

A collaborative space where people can celebrate wins and highlight exceptional performance from coworkers for all to see.

Analytics and reporting

Discover engagement insights over time, diagnose areas of concern and create standardized reports for relevant stakeholders.

You may already have systems in place that do some of these things—a collaborative tool such as Slack, for example, where workers talk amongst themselves about company issues. The benefit of employee engagement software is that it houses all of this functionality in one system and automates a lot of tedious administrative and tracking processes to save you time and money.

Employee Engagement Software Pricing

As with any major purchase, the price tag is everything. Though employee engagement software is very affordable for even the smallest businesses, it's still important to set expectations. If you think you're going to pay off your new system entirely upfront, you're going to be disappointed.

Most employee engagement systems are cloud-based, and as a result, are sold on a subscription basis. Usually buyers pay a monthly or annual fee based on how many people will be using the system or how many people are employed at your company. Subscription pricing can also vary depending on how much functionality you're purchasing—typically vendors offer different tiers of options.

Beyond the license to use the software, there are other costs to consider as well. When researching vendors, ask about any one-time charges for things like implementation or data transfer and any recurring fees for things like customer support or training.

Why You Don't Want Employee Engagement Software (Yet)

Employee engagement is a hot button issue in HR right now for a reason. Everyone's dealing with it. Before you jump the gun and purchase an employee engagement software system though, here are some reasons why you might want to wait:

  • You don't even have the basics right. Hopefully this doesn't come as a surprise, but workers are going to be disengaged if they aren't paid well, don't get expected benefits or are treated poorly. Software isn't going to fix these issues.

  • You don't have worker buy-in. Getting meaningful engagement data relies on employees using employee engagement software regularly and being honest in their concerns and feedback. A survey asking workers if they'd be interested in this kind of platform can give you an idea if they'll use it or if it will gather dust.

  • You don't have core HR systems in place. Don't put the cart before the horse, software-wise. Your budget would be put to better use toward new recruiting software, payroll software or a basic human resources information system (HRIS), if you don't already have those systems in place.

Additional Employee Engagement Resources

Everything we've covered so far in this Buyer's Guide should help you evaluate different employee engagement software options and decide on the best system for your needs. If you're still looking for more help on how to improve employee engagement in your business though, here are some additional Software Advice resources: