In a recent episode of the A Better HR Business show, Ben spoke with Rahul Arora, CEO of Intervue.io about the challenges companies face in sifting through hundreds of applicants and how Intervue.io’s on-demand interviews platform is helping to accelerate the hiring process, saving both time and resources.
But that’s not all – find out about Rahul’s experience on Shark Tank India, where he secured the highest investment offer in the show’s history, and his plans for expanding Intervue.io into the US market.
Rahul Arora, Co-Founder & CEO of Intervue.io since January 2021, brings a wealth of experience to the tech industry.
Intervue.io is a revolutionary platform transforming the recruitment landscape and enabling organizations to optimize engineering bandwidth through outsourced candidate evaluations.
Companies confidently delegate their tech interviews to Intervue.io, where skilled engineers from distinguished companies conduct assessments and provide insightful recommendations.
With asynchronous interviews, the platform shortens the recruiting cycle from 30 days to approximately 5 days, achieving an impressive recommendation-to-hire ratio of up to 90%.
Intervue.io supports interviews in over 45 major languages. The platform offers comprehensive features such as audio/video calling, a robust question bank, auto-recording/playback, and collaborative take-home assignments, ensuring a seamless and efficient interview experience.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Rahul and Ben talk about:
In the most recent episode of A Better HR Business show, Ben spoke with Michelle O’Keeffe, Co-Founder of Platform55, an innovative HR tech company supporting working parents and managers in navigating family-related issues in the workplace.
Michelle’s journey in the corporate world is marked by her dedication to addressing the challenges faced by working parents. As the Co-Founder of Platform55 since June 2021, Michelle has spearheaded the development of a cost-effective solution that streamlines HR processes, supports employees, and aligns with critical agendas such as gender pay gap reporting, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.
Prior to Platform55, Michelle co-founded the Parenting Institute, now integrated into Platform55, with the mission of supporting working parents and advocating for senior management positions for working Moms and Dads. This passion for work-life balance and inclusivity is evident in Michelle’s commitment to her vision.
Michelle is not just a co-founder; she is a multifaceted professional with over 15 years of experience as a Lecturer, Guest Speaker, Start-Up Mentor, and Business Advisor. Her journey includes a significant role as the Managing Director at Electric Media | Irish Times Group, where she received the IAPI ‘Judges Special Recognition Award’ for her outstanding achievements in the media sector.
Michelle’s entrepreneurial spirit is highlighted by her role as the Founder and Managing Director of Travel Affiliate, where she introduced groundbreaking digital technology for the travel industry. She also played a pivotal role in launching Media Brokers, Ireland’s first programmatic network, during her tenure at Electric Media.
Platform55 was founded by Michelle O’Keeffe and Tracy Gunn, both of whom were balancing senior leadership positions while raising young families. Drawing from their first-hand experience of the demands of balancing family life with their careers, they recognized the need to support parents in the workplace. Their mission is clear: to ensure that individuals can have a fulfilling family life and career.
Recognizing the significant costs incurred by companies in recruitment, attrition, litigation, and support services related to family policies, Michelle and her team have crafted a self-serve platform. This platform grants employees 24/7 access to resources and offers expert support through live workshops and coaching on various topics relevant to working parents, managers, and HR professionals. With Platform55, companies can provide timely support without exhausting HR resources.
Platform55 collaborates with a diverse range of clients who share a common goal – to transform their companies into better places for parents and families. Recognizing that every organization is unique, Platform55 understands that they are at different starting points in creating family-friendly workplaces. That’s why the company offers a variety of solutions tailored to meet specific needs and budgets.
In the most recent episode of A Better HR Business show, Ben spoke with Charlie Hardgrove from SEOJet, link management software designed to help SEO agencies and marketers build natural #1 ranked link profiles. The software draws your website link maps based on data from thousands of links pointing to top-ranked websites.
During our conversation with Charlie, we explored the ins and outs of off-page SEO and the role of backlinks in boosting your website’s authority. Charlie, being an SEO guru and expert from SEOJet, walks us through the significance of link-building and provides insights on how to effectively implement it in your SEO strategy.
In the most recent episode of A Better HR Business show, Ben spoke with Vessy Tasheva, CEO of Vessy.com, a global DEIB and Mental Health consultancy, about the concept of person-market fit and its impact on the evolution of an HR business.
Vessy Tasheva is a prominent figure in the field of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B). As the founder of Vessy.com, her consultancy engages with clients worldwide, particularly focusing on fast-growing tech companies in FinTech, gaming, cybersecurity, and eCommerce, primarily those 2-4 years pre-IPO.
Vessy has garnered recognition for her impactful work, receiving accolades such as being featured in the Top 30 Diversity & Inclusion Leaders You Must Follow in 2022 by LeadersHum. In 2021, her company was listed in the Top 10 of Emerging Diversity & Inclusion Companies in Europe by Manage HR Magazine and she was personally recognized as one of the Top 50 D&I Influencers globally by Onalytica. Her influence extends to 2020, when she was named one of the UK’s most influential D&I leaders by Hive Learning, and 2019, recognized as one of the most influential D&I Leaders globally.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Vessy is an angel investor in digital health and mental health. She actively contributes to societal change as an Advisory Board Member of Deystvie, an organization dedicated to impacting the lives of LGBTI people in Bulgaria, and serves as a Diversity & Inclusion Board Member of Positive Luxury, working towards a sustainable future for the luxury industry.
In November 2022, Vessy launched a video course on Inclusive Leadership on the SocialTalent learning platform, achieving the remarkable feat of ranking #2 in the Most Watched courses with an impressive NPS of 87. Prior to her entrepreneurial venture, Vessy accumulated 11 years of experience, notably serving as the Chief Strategy Officer of a talent tech startup and holding various roles across product, marketing, and culture in companies ranging from 4 to 800 employees.
In this episode, Vessy shared her insights on the importance of aligning personal purpose with your business’s market fit. She discussed how her journey from launching the business to its evolution over the years centered on understanding the human element within the diversity, inclusion, and belonging space. Her exploration led her to focus on developing trust-driven inclusive leadership, self-trust, and interpersonal trust, eventually incorporating psychoanalytic principles to foster a healthier workplace environment.
Moreover, Vessy’s unconventional approaches to marketing and the expansion of her business were equally enlightening. From prioritizing community building, thought leadership, and producing detailed reports to venturing into complementary side projects and promising angel investment, Vessy exemplifies the significance of aligning personal strengths and passions with business strategies.
Vessy also shared valuable advice, emphasizing the importance of active listening and authentic conversations in tailoring your HR business to your market and personal strengths. They shed light on how to obtain genuine feedback without falling into the “mom test” trap and recognizing the crucial timing for innovation and adaptation within the constantly evolving landscape.
In the most recent episode of A Better HR Business show, Ben spoke with Bill Reed, New York Times Bestselling Author, PMA Award Finalist, Harvard Neuroscience Certified, Navy Veteran, Product Marketing Expert Certified in PMM, ABM, Sales Enablement, and Leadership. He is also the Board Director & CMO of RemotelyMe, a veteran-owned business running on and partnered with EOS® Worldwide.
RemotelyMe is dedicated to helping organizations find the right people and prospects for the right seats and solutions, in the right way. Remote and hybrid teams are challenged with high stress, low trust, and difficult communication. Traditional solutions for candidate and prospect profiling are decades old, not based on visual neuroscience, are too complex, and often break the bank.
RemotelyMe offers the only platforms and consulting services that use cognitive AI and visual neuroscience to discern trust, which Deloitte says can drive 400% more business performance, 88% more customer success, and 79% more productivity.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Bill and Ben talked about:
Kalina and her team recognized the challenges faced by companies when it comes to training employees effectively and engagingly. Unlike traditional methods that rely on lengthy presentations or documentation, Coach Microlearning takes a different approach. The platform leverages the power of microlearning, presenting information through content-based learning games.
The beauty of Coach Microlearning lies in its simplicity and personalization. Employees utilize a mobile app that prompts them with questions based on their specific learning needs. They earn points for correct answers and receive immediate feedback on incorrect responses. This gamified approach not only increases engagement but also allows employees to learn at their own pace.
The platform goes a step further by leveraging advanced technology to detect knowledge gaps and deliver targeted learning materials to fill those gaps. It’s a personalized learning experience without the need for L&D professionals to manually create learning paths.
The impact of Coach Microlearning extends beyond mere knowledge acquisition. The platform is designed to enhance employee performance and contribute to key business outcomes. Whether it’s boosting sales, reducing workplace accidents, or improving overall productivity, Coach Microlearning aligns training with organizational goals.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Kalina and I talked about:
Jaakko’s professional background is in strategic management and international software business. He studied industrial engineering and management at Aalto University, Finland.
After a decade in software sales, marketing, and managerial positions in startups, Jaakko decided to combine his expertise with his passion for “the human mind and how it works in social settings” and started his own company, Teamspective.
Teamspective helps companies collect people’s insights continuously with modern methods that are non-disruptive to employees. With these real-time insights, companies react faster, support employees when they need it, monitor the impact of improvement initiatives, and overall establish a culture of growth mindset.
Pulse Surveys: Automate your HR data collection. Measure engagement, well-being, and DEI right in Slack or MS Teams. Create a culture of listening and empower teams to improve with data-driven discussions.
Organizational Network Analysis: Get an accurate map of how your people actually work together, and see how integrated your organization is. Identify key employees and understand their impact. Improve cross-functional collaboration, and help high-demand people delegate effectively. Analyse the True Teams, combine them to pulse data, and see where your company’s real pain points are.
Smart 360 Feedback: Make feedback your superpower. Ensure everyone gets a continuous flow of quality feedback and recognition from managers, peers, and even customers. Make data-based decisions in performance management.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Jaakko and I talked about:
How Teamspective helps companies identify and solve issues related to teamwork, leadership, and coordination.
The Pulse Surveys are integrated with Slack and Teams.
How Teamspective automates feedback interactions and turns to network analysis to gather information.
Data can spot disengagement and withdrawal from interactions and lack of collaboration between departments.
Teamspective is using only publicly available metadata.
The company is growing its business by using sales, online marketing, and partnering with HR consultants.
I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Dean Mathews, the founder & CEO of OnTheClock, an employee time clock system for small businesses to track employees’ hours worked and improve payroll processing.
Dean came up with the concept and designed & developed OnTheClock and he continues to help create new features for the app. OnTheClock started as a passion project when Dean noticed a common theme among the accountants – they were unable to find a web-based time clock that was accurate and simple.
Today, OnTheClock has a team of 21 individuals who serve 18,000 small businesses and their employees. While most of the customers are based in the U.S., the company has clients from all over the world. The team comprises dedicated professionals who handle product development, design/graphics, marketing, billing, leadership, and customer support. The company’s mission, which dates back to 2004, is to assist small businesses in tracking employee time with greater ease, accuracy, and efficiency.
Here is one of OnTheClock’s values: “Our employees and customers are valued above all, even above profit and growth. Employee growth and development lead to a more successful customer. Profit and growth are viewed as evidence that we created an amazing company that customers love.”
In a wide-ranging discussion, Dean and I talked about:
How OnTheClock turned from a passion project into a business with 21 employees and 18000 customers.
“On the Clock” helps small businesses track employee time for payroll and job/project costing.
The primary target is businesses with less than 100 employees, a large market segment often overlooked.
Simplicity is their primary focus and they aim to make their product easy to use.
The app has features that allow accountants to open free accounts and track their own time and employees.
I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Judy Corner, Director of Consulting at Insala, a leading global provider of talent development software and consulting solutions in employee mentoring, coaching, and alumni management.
Judy is the Director of Consulting at Insala. She has over 30 years of experience providing customized human resources consulting services to medium to large organizations across a variety of industries.
In the area of mentoring, Judy has designed and delivered workshops, training, and a complete mentoring methodology. Judy’s mentoring process is the foundation of Insala’s mentoring solution we know today. Beyond mentoring, her thought leadership articles on talent development have been published in journals such as The Diversity Journal and Industrial and Commercial Training and she has spoken at many conferences throughout her career.
Insala is a pioneer and industry leader recognized by Global 1000 and Fortune 500 companies and associations internationally, for 20+ years as a leader in Career Management, Mentoring, Coaching, Career Transition, Alumni Software solutions, and People Analytics.