One the eve of PeopleMatter's launch of its SCHEDULE Software-as-a-Service module, the company had other big news to share: it also secured $14 million Series C funding from Morgenthaler Ventures.
Both announcements are significant for the company, which got its start by providing SaaS programs to aid service-industry employers in hiring and training hourly employees. With its latest SCHEDULE, the service will also help managers and employees schedule or switch shifts through the Web. (Read also, Will PeopleMatter change the future of HR tech?)
Managers can use SCHEDULE to create employee schedules months in advance, copy and past schedules and click-and-drag to make changes. The online software also allows managers to update schedules automatically and send alerts via mobile app, email or the Web to everyone affected.
Four key features of SCHEDULE are:
If an employee doesn't have a smartphone, the company created D, a phone-activated voice system similar to the iPhone 4's Siri. Through voice direction, an employee can ask D when they are scheduled to work on any given day and, if they can't, they can direct D to offer up their shift to another.
The goal of PeopleMatter's platform is simple: To change the way employers and employees interact in the workplace and make it better, said Nate DaPore, PeopleMatter's founder and CEO.
Since PeopleMatter launched its first module, HIRE, in 2010, (followed by the launch of LEARN in 2011), the platform has logged 214,349 users. Additionally, more than 1,134 employees are hired daily.
Because the program is Internet based, employers and employees can access the information from any computer, anywhere in the world. All that’s needed is an Internet connection.
Overall, there are four modules on the PeopleMatter platform, each coming to market at various times to the service industries. The modules are:
DaPore said he would like to eventually get its customers' customers engaged in the new products by enabling employees to build a profile that they can take with them to other jobs. The profile would ideally include where they've worked and their certifications.
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