How HR Software Vendors Are Responding to COVID-19

It's safe to say that almost nobody could have predicted the disruptions and resets that the coronavirus has caused. However, one thing that this situation has given us is the ability to see how organizations respond to unprecedented challenges.

Within the HR software space, we have seen dozens of companies step up to plate for their customers during these trying times.

The companies on this list have taken the time to better understand their clients' new normals and then have rethought their offerings to better meet their clients' needs.

Below is a comprehensive look at the new discounts, promos and offerings that our partners have created in response to the coronavirus. If you know of any others, send them our way (hello@outsail.co) and we'll add them to the list!

7Geese's Response:

Free Access

7Geese is offering their 1-on-1 and employee recognition software at absolutely no cost for companies to help keep engagement and performance high during their transition to remote work. The free access lasts for 3-6 months. There is no obligation to continue after the trial. And you get full access to the 7Geese support and training teams during this period.

How to take advantage

Reach out to Patrick with 7Geese (patrick@7geese.com) and tell him that OutSail sent you

Emplify's Response:

New Tool

Emplify offers a modern employee engagement platform that helps organizations develop a better understanding of their employee needs. Within days of the coronavirus impacts, they had created a free tool that "helps assess the well-being, remote readiness, and specific needs of individuals as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to unfold."

How to take advantage

Sign up on their website: Link

Greenhouse's Response:

Thought Leadership

Greenhouse is a modern leader in the ATS space and many of their customers have been fully remote, even before it was cool. Greenhouse created an eBook that documents the best practices to help your team "adjust to hiring and working in distributed teams (or optimize your current processes), optimize your remote interviewing, hiring and onboarding, as well as learn best practices for remote communication, collaboration and company culture."

How to take advantage

Download the eBook: Link

Gusto's Response:

Discounts and Additional Support

Gusto, the makers of delightfully simple small business HR/payroll tools, have launched a Small Business Resource Hub which helps small business owners walk through all of the options that are out there offering support.

Additionally, since proof of payroll is such a hot topic within loan requirements, Gusto has lowered the price of their core platform to $19/mo as opposed to $39/mo!

Gusto customers also get access to a dedicated COVID-19 team that is trained to support clients through these tricky times.

How to take advantage

Reach out to Abbie with Gusto (abbie.betz@gusto.com) and tell her that OutSail sent you

iCIMS' Response:

Thought Leadership

iCIMS, the enterprise leading ATS and recruitment platform, launched an eBook with virtual hiring options and "tips on how to keep candidates and employees connected, how to continue hiring with remote tools."

How to take advantage

Download the eBook here: Link

JazzHR's Response:

Free Product Add-On

Within a week of the coronavirus impacts taking hold, JazzHR rolled out a timely offering. They realized that companies were leaning harder on technology to connect with candidates in order to avoid delaying the interview process, so Jazz partnered with a leading video interviewing platform (Wedge) to offer 2 months of free video interviewing with the purchase of the JazzHR ATS suite.

How to take advantage

Reach out to Abbie with JazzHR (abbie.hawkins@jazzhr.com) and tell her that OutSail sent you

Kazoo' Response:

Free Implementation & Faster Launch

Kazoo offers a unified suite of performance, engagement and recognition tools. They felt that keeping employees connected and aligned is even more critical during these challenging times. So Kazoo is waiving implementation fees, and offering favorable pricing, flexible terms, and a Quick-Start implementation for new clients.

How to take advantage

Sign up for a demo on the Kazoo website (link) and tell them Outsail sent you!

Lattice's Response:

Free Access

Lattice's performance and engagement platform has become especially critical as businesses have gone fully remote. In order to allow more companies to gain access to the platform, Lattice is offering two incredibly lucrative programs: You can get a full year of free access to their employee engagement platform with the purchase of their performance management platform. OR, you can get 90 days of free access to the employee engagement platform (with no strings attached)

How to take advantage

Reach out to the Joe at Lattice (joe@lattice.com) and let him know that OutSail sent you

Leena.AI's Response:

New Tool

Leena.AI helps companies move their HR Help Desk into the 21st century, by providing a chatbot that can respond to employee inquiries and drastically reduce HR's communication burden.

In response to COVID-19, Leena.AI launched a free version of their chatbot to help HR teams respond to virus-related questions from employees in real-time

How to take advantage

Schedule a 30 minute call with their team to get access: Link

Lever's Response:

New Offering

Lever's robust, easy-to-use ATS platform has many fans in the mid-market, in part due to the advanced CRM capabilities they provide. In the past, Lever's CRM (Lever Nuture) has never been sold as a standalone tool. However, to help companies enhance their talent pipeline and build an active and engaged candidate pool, Lever is offering Nurture on its own. For buyers, the Nurture tool is less expensive and faster-to-set-up than buying the entire ATS license, and would not replace a current ATS.

How to take advantage

Reach out to the OutSail team (hello@outsail.co) and we'll connect you with the Lever rep who covers your region

Paycor's Response:

Major Discounts

Paycor offers a powerful, easy-to-use HRIS suite for SMB and mid-market companies. In order to help companies who are experiencing cash flow challenges, Paycor has offered major discounts to buyers who sign up before October 1st. For those clients, Paycor will "waive on-going Payroll related fees for the remainder of 2020. We can also spread all implementation fees out over 6 months. With only 1/6 of that fee being due at the time of agreement execution."

How to take advantage

Reach out to the OutSail team (hello@outsail.co) and we'll make a warm introduction to your local Paycor rep

Peakon's Response:

Free Access

Peakon offers one of the sleekest, most automated employee engagement platforms on the market. To help companies support the well-being of their employees through these unprecedented times, Peakon is offering 90 days of free access to their engagement survey platform. Peakon has also populated the platform with COVID-19 question templates to help organizations better understand their employees' needs.

How to take advantage

Sign up for free access here and mention that OutSail sent you: Link

Rippling's Response:

Major Discounts

If you’re looking for advanced technology and seamless integrations in your next HRIS, you could do far worse than Rippling. Rippling unifies payroll, ben admin, single-sign-on and onboarding for SMB and mid-market companies. In one of the many ways Rippling is helping during COVID-19, they are offering prospects 3 months free on all services for those who agree to an upfront annual commitment during the month of May

How to take advantage

Reach out to the OutSail team (hello@outsail.co) and we'll make a warm introduction to your dedicated Rippling rep

Sapling's Response:

Discounts & Flexibility

Sapling offers a modern Onboarding and HRIS platform. They help companies deliver a differentiated new hire experience, and their platform was designed with the distributed workforce in mind. Their robust, profile-rich employee intranet and email automation tools help distributed teams feel closer and more aligned. In response to COVID-19, Sapling is offering major discounts and payment flexibility to new customers, including "the first three months of platform access for free and the ability to delay billing."

How to take advantage

Reach out to the OutSail team (hello@outsail.co) and we'll connect you with the Sapling rep who covers your region

Teamphoria's Response:

Discounts & Flexibility

Teamphoria offers a feature-rich and cost-effective employee engagement suite. Their platform helps organizations improve their recognition, communication, surveys and performance programs. In light of the recent events, the Teamphoria team is offering a variety of different options to help cash-conscious organizations: longer free trials, 1st 10 users free, discounts for healthcare workers and more.

How to take advantage

Reach out to the Andrew at Teamphoria (andrew@teamphoria.com) and let him know that OutSail sent you

Wishlist's Response:

Waived Implementation & Free Reward Spend

Wishlist helps companies celebrate their people with meaningful recognition and memorable rewards. With all that is going on, they have shifted their focus by offering more at-home rewards, personal development experiences, and expanded their gift card catalog to offer a broader selection. They have also waived implementation fees and are offering free reward spend with the launch of an account.

How to take advantage

Reach out to John with Wishlist (john@enjoywishlist.com) and tell him that OutSail sent you

WorkStep's Response:

Free Access

WorkStep is an employee retention platform that captures real-time sentiment from frontline workers and then ties that feedback to outcomes in order to empower HR teams to take action early to address employee concerns and reduce attrition.  You can get 3 months of free access to their platform when signing up for a year. OR, you can get 30 days of free access (with no strings attached)..

How to take advantage

Reach out to Tyler with WorkStep (Tyler@workstep.com) and tell him that OutSail sent you

Zenefits' Response:

Major Discounts

One promotion that generated a lot of buzz on it's own was Zenefits' decision to offer their Payroll product for free for a year with an annual subscription to any of our HR packages.

With Zenefits payroll, payruns are unlimited, and include your federal and state tax filings. Zenefits lets you pay workers of all types — including full time, part time, contractors and gig workers — wherever they are with mobile-first software.

The free year of payroll offer is available in a limited quantity on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to take advantage

Sign up directly on the Zenefits website: Link

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