Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice has helped many businesses choose the right employee engagement software to diagnose sources of disengagement and collaborate on solutions.

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BambooHR

BambooHR is a cloud-based HR management software solution for small and midsize businesses. BambooHR offers small and growing companies a human resource information system (HRIS) that includes an applicant tracking system (ATS), time... Read more

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Namely

Namely offers a cloud-based solution for companies seeking a single comprehensive system to manage their human capital. Namely helps midsize companies manage compliance and streamline everything payroll, benefits and talent management. Namely... Read more

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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 can... Read more

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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 culture. Threads... Read more

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7shifts

7shifts is an online employee scheduling software system designed for shift workers operating in the restaurant industry. The solution allows employees to check their upcoming shifts, scheduled availability and time-off requests from... Read more

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Humi

Humi is Canada’s HR, Payroll, and Benefits solution for Canadian small-medium sized businesses. Companies use Humi to manage their employee data, employee onboarding, time off tracking, performance management, recruiting, reporting,... Read more

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Bridge

Bridge is an employee development platform built specifically for employees and managers. It provides peer-to-peer practice, live in-person training, external learning, online courses, mentorship, manager 1:1s, goal tracking and peer... Read more

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SoGoSurvey

SoGoSurvey's Employee Experience (EX) platform helps you collect, analyze, and leverage employee data to transform your workplace, attract better applicants, and improve staff retention. This employee engagement software provides a... Read more

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Quantum Workplace

Quantum Workplace is a cloud-based human resources (HR) solution. The solution is designed for employee engagement. Key features include functionality for surveys, goals, recognition, feedback, ideas, alerts and analytics. Quantum... Read more

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ClearCompany HRM

ClearCompany is a software system that works for human resources (HR) and recruiting teams across both public and private industries. The ClearCompany Talent Alignment Platform connects recruiting, new employee onboarding and performance... Read more

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Reward Gateway

Reward Gateway is a cloud-based human resource (HR) management solution that helps small to large enterprises streamline internal communications and provide rewards to employees based on performance. It comes with a news feed, which... Read more

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CommonOffice

CommonOffice is a cloud-based human resources (HRIS) software service for small and midsized businesses. CommonOffice offers customizable HRIS solutions to organizations of all sizes, which includes applicant tracking (ATS) and HRIS... Read more

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7Geese

7Geese is a goal-setting and performance management solution that supports on-premise, remote, or partially remote teams. 7Geese helps organizations ensure that people have goal clarity and stay on track with objectives through continuous... Read more

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Energage

Energage is a cloud-based employee engagement platform that caters to businesses across various industry verticals. Features include performance and feedback management, employee and cultural alignment, surveys and more. The 'Energage... Read more

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eightfold.ai

Eightfold.ai delivers the Talent Intelligence Platform, an AI-powered solution that empowers enterprises to acquire, engage, and retain a diverse platform with a single solution. This AI-based platform delivers numerous benefits.... Read more

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CakeHR by Sage

CakeHR by Sage is a cloud-based human resource management solution that integrates core features like 360 feedback, workforce management, performance appraisal, and attendance tracking. The CakeHR scheduling platform supports time-off... Read more

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BullseyeEngagement

BullseyeEngagement is a developer of cloud-based human capital and business intelligence software. Its suite of human capital solutions facilitates talent development and engagement initiatives from hire-to-retire. Bullseye’s solutions... Read more

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Centralpoint - Human Resources

Centralpoint by Oxcyon is a content management solution that can be installed on-premise or accessed on the cloud from any mobile device with an internet connection.The modular applications can be deployed in a configuration that suits... Read more

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O.C. Tanner

O.C. Tanner is a cloud-based suite of employee experience applications that enables enterprises of all sizes to develop strategies for employee recognition and reward programs. Features include peer recognition, feedback, reward point... Read more

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Qarrot

Qarrot is a full-circle employee recognition software solution, ideal for small and mid-sized companies looking to improve team morale, strengthen workplace culture, drive higher performance, or to simply say “thank-you” to their... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: July 2, 2020

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).

Employee engagement report in Onva

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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: