HR Apps Give Millennials Feedback From Their Employers

Oct. 30, 2018

One way to get members of the most tech-savvy generation ever to feel more engaged at work is to give them a mobile app.

Human resources platforms for perking, managing and reviewing employees are exploding in popularity, according to Gene Marks. Why? Millennials are “desperate for more feedback” from their employers, and HR apps give it to them.

“We are horrible at providing feedback to millennials,” he told business owners at an education session presented by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) on Oct. 29, the day before the start of the 2018 SEMA trade show inLas Vegas.

He shared results of a 2016 study of 1,000 millennial employees, which revealed:

  • 37% think the employee review process is outdated;
  • 42% of managers leave important elements out of their review due to bias;
  • 25% “feared” their performance review; and
  • 64% want pay increases tied to their performance reviews.

He recommended four HR apps to the business owners attending “Talent Management: Trends & Tech Tools for Finding, Motivating Millennials.” They are:

  • Namely;
  • Paychex;
  • Bamboo; and
  • Performance Pro.

“These HR apps are huge not just for performance reviews but for all other things regarding payroll. It’s a great productivity tool and gets your employees engaged,” he said.

The apps are inexpensive and integrate with all payroll systems, according to Marks. Key features of performance apps are:

  • Reminders, alerts and workflows;
  • Immediate and frequent feedback;
  • Collaborative comments and responses;
  • Document good (and bad) reports;
  • Track vacation, sick time; and
  • Measure progress against goals and objectives.

Gene Marks is a columnist, author, and small business owner. He owns the Marks Group PC, a Bala Cynwyd, Pa.-based consulting firm that that provides technology and consulting services to small and medium sized businesses.