Halogen Software Inc.

Halogen Software Inc.

June 25, 2012 08:30 ET

Halogen Feedback Central™ Transforms How Organizations Leverage Social Feedback in their Talent Programs

New feature changes the way organizations collect and use employee feedback to drive performance

ATLANTA, GEORGIA--(Marketwire - June 25, 2012) - SHRM Annual Conference, Booth 1011 - Today Halogen Software announced Halogen Feedback Central™, a new product enhancement in the Halogen Talent Management Suite™ that makes it easy for organizations to use feedback to drive higher performance. Unlike social platforms that are disconnected from the organization's talent management strategy, Halogen Feedback Central integrates with all talent functions to make it a dynamic resource that helps drive business strategy.

Giving constructive performance-based feedback is a challenge for many managers. Research shows that managers giving little or no feedback to their workers fail to engage 98% of them.(1) And in most organizations feedback is delivered in various formats and is often lost, with no easy way to securely store or use it to support performance.

A Better Way to Use Crowdsourced Feedback

Halogen Feedback Central uniquely marries the best of traditional and new, more social methods for gathering employee feedback, and aggregates it for strategic use across all talent functions.

Organizations can easily deliver and aggregate feedback from managers, peers, HR teams - even customers and suppliers - in a practical and secure way. Halogen Feedback Central goes beyond social recognition and rewards by addressing all types of feedback including journal notes, coaching, observations, kudos and more.

Recent Gartner research notes the changing nature of performance reviews and the importance of social recognition. "Formal performance reviews are not likely to go away anytime soon. They provide a needed checkpoint for making compensation and staffing decisions. However, leading organizations will start to move toward more bottom-up feedback, recognition and rewards," said James Holincheck, Managing Vice President, Gartner."(2)

Halogen Feedback Central makes it easy to link appropriate feedback to all other talent processes, including performance reviews, succession, goals, training and development, etc. More importantly, it enables organizations to crowdsource employee feedback using customized icons and feedback types to ensure they are reinforcing corporate culture, values and business strategy.

One-Click Away from Fostering a More Feedback-Rich Culture

With Halogen Feedback Central, users can deliver feedback directly from within Halogen eAppraisal™. And since email is the most common way for employees to communicate, the Microsoft Office® Outlook® Plug-in for Halogen Feedback Central enables users to create original feedback and journal notes and even save email as feedback directly into the system.

With the click of a button, employees can select the recipient and type of feedback they want to give all without having to log into the Halogen suite. By providing multiple ways for employees to deliver feedback, Halogen Feedback Central helps organizations break down the barriers to fostering a feedback-rich culture.

"Our organization places strong emphasis on employee feedback and recognition as part of our culture," said Chris Cowan, Director HR Service Delivery, Christiana Care Health Services. "That Feedback Central integrates email with journal notes will help our organization easily collect, keep track of and use the recognition items gathered throughout the year."

Flexible, Customizable and Secure

Permissions can be set to control who can send, view and delete each feedback type. Organizations can also monitor the feedback types and frequency to see how it all maps back to the competencies important to the organization's success.

Halogen Feedback Central is now shipping as a standard feature in the Halogen eAppraisal solution. The company will be showcasing Halogen Feedback Central and the rest of its award-winning talent management suite at Booth 1011 at the SHRM Annual Conference this week.

To view product screenshots of Halogen Feedback Central, visit: http://www.halogensoftware.com/files/Images/FC/Feedback-Central-Images.zip

About Halogen Software

Endorsed by thousands of HR professionals from around the world, Halogen Software is revolutionizing the way businesses manage their talent - and raising the bar on what you should expect from a talent management vendor. Halogen offers the first and only cloud-based talent management system that's been purpose-built from the ground up to reinforce and drive higher employee performance across all talent programs - whether that is recruiting, performance management, learning and development, succession planning or compensation. Halogen has been recognized as a market leader by all major business analysts, but even more important, has garnered the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry. The company has been named employer of choice over multiple years and has won numerous leadership and product innovation awards, including HR Technology Product of the Year. Halogen Software's powerful, yet simple-to-use solutions, which also include industry-vertical editions, are ideal for any company that wants to build a world-class workforce that is aligned, inspired and focused on delivering exceptional results. For more information, visit http://www.halogensoftware.com. Subscribe to Halogen Software's Exploring Talent Management blog: http://www.halogensoftware.com/blog/ or follow Halogen Software on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/HalogenSoftware.

(1) 2009 Gallup, Inc. http://businessjournal.gallup.com/content/124214/driving-engagement-focusing-strengths.aspx

(2) Gartner 2012 Strategic Road Map for Employee Performance Management, James Holincheck, 29 March 2012

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