Beekeeper’s Internal Communications App Ranked #59 on Prestigious SaaS 1000 List

Beekeeper’s Internal Communications App Ranked #59 on Prestigious SaaS 1000 List

We’re excited to announce that our internal communications app, Beekeeper, is officially listed on SaaS 1000, a prestigious index of SaaS companies algorithmically ranked by a number of growth indicators such as hiring trends and team expansion rates. Lead411 founder Tom Blue began compiling the SaaS 1000 list as a way for him to index growing SaaS companies in a data-driven way. As the SaaS product landscape continues to expand, lists like the SaaS 1000 are incredibly useful tools for SaaS pros to evaluate the groundbreaking trends that will shape our industry for years to come.

“The Beekeeper team’s international impact on frontline workforce internal communications is an indicator of their continued growth. We are excited to see them climb the ranks of SaaS 1000 and to see what the company has in store for the future.” – Tom Blue, Founder, SaaS 1000

As a rapidly growing startup, we are honored to be recognized among so many incredible peers solving critical technological problems throughout the SaaS industry. As reported by SaaS 1000, our team has experienced a 27.71% growth over the past six months alone. In fact, we recently celebrated our 100 employee milestone, with team members working across our offices in San Francisco, Zurich, London, and Berlin. Over the course of 2018, we are projected to double in size worldwide. As our 4.9 rating on Glassdoor reflects, our organization is deeply committed to building a strong company culture that enables our employees to flourish.

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“We are honored to be included on the SaaS 1000 list, and look forward to growing our team with strategic hires in order execute our vision to unite and engage frontline and corporate employees on one streamlined platform.” -Cris Grossmann, CEO, Beekeeper

We are very proud of the strategic additions we have made to our team, including our recently appointed Head of Hospitality Andrada Paraschiv, Global Head of Hospitality Sales Connie Rheams, and a number of talented software engineers. These hires have allowed the Beekeeper family to double down on some exciting product expansions that have helped our clients amp up employee engagement efforts.

Expansions to the Beekeeper team communication app Marketplace, launched in Fall 2017, continues to be a major focus for our team as we lean more heavily into integrating with operational tools. Our upcoming additions of ADP and SAP integrations will allow our customers to streamline payroll, scheduling, analytics, and IT solutions within Beekeeper. Our software engineers continue to hone in on our AI as well with features like chatbots. As we aspire to continue climbing the SaaS 1000 list, we’re excited to continue welcoming talented members to our team to help the Beekeeper platform and culture grow.

Interested in hearing more about how the Beekeeper internal communication app can improve communications and operations among your growing workforce? Fill out the form below to schedule a demo.



Beekeeper Team App Wins 2018 HTNG TechOvation Award

Beekeeper Team App Wins 2018 HTNG TechOvation Award

Each year at the HT-NEXT Awards Program, one company is presented with the prestigious TechOvation award for innovative products that have a big impact on the hospitality industry. We are thrilled to announce that the Beekeeper team app is this year’s TechOvation award recipient!

After being chosen as a semi-finalist from the initial pool of nominees, and then as a top-three finalist in the second phase of the competition, Beekeeper was a resounding audience favorite. After a live presentation at HT-NEXT by Corey McCarthy, VP of Global Marketing at Beekeeper, on how the Beekeeper team app is transforming hotel internal communications, a panel of 34 judges including CIOs from Marriott, Hyatt, Hard Rock, and Four Seasons Hotels, advanced Beekeeper into the final round. Hundreds of attending hospitality and technology professionals voted Beekeeper as the 2018 TechOvation Award winner.

HTNG Recognizes Beekeeper as Best New Hospitality Technology

The HT-NEXT Awards Program joins Hospitality Technology’s Hotel Technology Forum and the HTNG (Hospitality Technology Next Generation) North American Conference. HTNG is a global not-for-profit trade association that fosters the development of next-generation solutions through collaboration and partnership between hospitality professionals and technology providers.

Michael Blake, CEO of HTNG, congratulated Beekeeper on the award: “The Beekeeper app uses both factors of convenience and mobility that we see rapidly growing in the hospitality industry. We recognize Beekeeper for their innovation and are very happy to announce them as HTNG’s 2018 TechOvation Award Winner!”

Beekeeper Team App Transforms Hospitality Internal Communications

Beekeeper’s journey to earning the TechOvation Award began in December 2017, joining fellow award candidates in producing and submitting compelling 90-second videos to demonstrate Beekeeper’s innovative approach to employee engagement, real-time mobile collaboration, enhanced internal communication––and the impact of our intuitively-designed team app on the hospitality industry.

Check out our submission video!

Corey McCarthy, VP of Global Marketing at Beekeeper, accepted the TechOvation award. “Beekeeper is thrilled to be named the HTNG 2018 TechOvation Award Winner,” she said. “Our digital workplace platform reaches every single employee with relevant messaging. This is critical to the 1.9 million front- and back-of-house hotel employees who don’t sit at a desk or have a company email address. When you create a great employee experience, it translates to a great guest experience. Winning the 2018 TechOvation Award signifies that hoteliers see a dire need for digital transformation in workplace communications. Beekeeper not only empowers staff, but our open API supports integration with existing operational systems. That means hotels can use Beekeeper for payroll, scheduling, file sharing, task management, and other systems.”

We are honored to be recognized by HTNG as the 2018 TechOvation Award winner, and extend warm congratulations to all of the contestants!

Try a free demo of our award-winning team app.



Best Practices for Employee Satisfaction Surveys

Why 73 Questions Only Works for Vogue: Best Practices for Employee Satisfaction Surveys

You may have seen Vogue’s famous “73 Questions Answered by Your Favorite Celebs” video series, which got us thinking about how 73 questions could apply to something we are experts in—employee satisfaction surveys!

Voque asks their favorite personalities 73 questions to see what they like, dislike, and share their knowledge, and employee satisfaction surveys accomplish a similar goal. (Although, we think 73 questions is too many for a survey—but more on that later.) Employee surveys are designed to gauge likes, dislikes, and satisfaction levels across the organization and ensure everyone is aligned as much as possible.

In November, Sarah Deane, Experience Design expert and Founder of EffectUX, sat down with Beekeeper CEO, Cris Grossmann, for a Q&A session about how to develop the most effective employee satisfaction surveys. The article was published in the Huffington Post to share best practices with readers so every organization can have the right tools to gather meaningful feedback to make organizational improvements.

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With employee disengagement numbers being shown at near 70%, more and more organizations are looking at how they can create better workplace cultures to engage their workforce in meaningful ways, and for good reason. Workforces with higher levels of engagement have been found to be more profitable, have less turnover, and have increased customer loyalty. The business case for engagement is clear – it has been found that disengaged employees cost the American economy up to $350 billion per year due to lost productivity.

To test Beekeeper’s mobile platform and try the employee satisfaction survey feature, fill out the form below for a free trial.


new eu gdpr significantly impacts any hotel with international guests

New EU GDPR Significantly Impacts Any Hotel With International Guests

You’ve probably been hearing a lot of buzz about the EU GDPR. In case you want a refresher, the EU General Data Protection Regulation was designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe to protect citizens’ personal data and stand on a united front regarding every organization’s approach to security. It was approved on April 14, 2016 and companies are scrambling to comply since the regulation will be enforced May 25, 2018. Any companies that aren’t compliant will face heavy fines up to 4% of annual global turnover or $20 million Euros, whichever is greater.

If you work for a company outside the EU, you may think this doesn’t affect your data security standards—but think again. The GDPR doesn’t only affect companies in the EU. Any vendors and suppliers that work with countries in the EU must comply with the GDPR as well. This significantly impacts hotels as the majority have international customers, many of whom reside in the EU.

Beekeeper was recently featured on Asian Hospitality discussing the implications of the EU GDPR on hotels. Check out the full article to learn more about how this regulation affects your hospitality business.

Now is the time to assess your GDPR compliance and see what extra steps your organization needs to take to meet the deadline. Enter the form below to download Beekeeper’s 31-Point Assessment.


Beekeeper "Future of the Non-Desk Workforce" Panel Featured in Huffington Post

Beekeeper “Future of the Non-Desk Workforce” Panel Featured in Huffington Post

On October 10th we hosted a “Future of the Non-Desk Workforce” panel discussion to accompany our big announcement of the Beekeeper Marketplace and custom integrations. The three panelists included two Beekeeper customers, Jennifer Pappas, Internal Communications Manager at Wireless Vision and Anja Luthje, Group Director of Rooms and Quality at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and experience design expert Sarah Deane at EffectUX.

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From big data to organizational culture, these industry leaders shared their insights on where they see the future of non-desk workers in the next five years and what they are doing now to arm their employees with tools that will help their business maintain a competitive edge as we move into a new era. They discussed the real value of big data, AI, cybersecurity, nextgen internal communications, and the operational impact of the digital workplace.

Following the event, Sarah Deane expanded on key topics from the panel discussion in an article for the Huffington Post called “Culture, A.I., and the Non-Desk Workforce.”

About the Author

As the Founder of EffectUX, Sarah Deane is a thought leader in the space of Experience, having written a UX primer and how-to in 2014, presented at SXSW on the topic of Workplace Experience: UX, Technology, and Humans, as well as frequently writing on the Huffington Post and Business Value Exchange. At EffectUX, Sarah guides and creates Index algorithms and success models, a process which has been recognized by IDG (2016) for the process of measuring experience.

Before founding EffectUX, Sarah served in Experience Design Leadership roles and has grown and managed CX and UX teams. She built the first Global IT 360 Experience Lab during her tenure at HP. She has a Masters in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with a concentration on algorithm design, data modeling, and computer vision.

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I was recently honored to participate in a panel at Beekeeper’s announcement of their integrated workplace feature, alongside Jennifer Pappas (Internal Communications Manager at Wireless Vision), Anja Luthje (Group Director Rooms and Quality for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group), and facilitated by Beekeepers VP Corey McCarthy.

The theme was all about the hot-topic of culture, A.I and especially how they impacted the non-desk workforce. There were lots of great food-for-thought, so we wanted to share a summary of a few of them as they may be helpful for those that are working on digitizing or engaging their non-desk workforce.

Asian Hospitality Magazine Features Beekeeper for Crisis Communications

Asian Hospitality Magazine Features Beekeeper for Crisis Communications

Read how one of our customers, 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami, Florida, used Beekeeper’s digital workplace app for crisis communications to keep more than 700 employees up to date during Hurricane Irma. Yonaira Hernandez, 1 Hotel’s Assistant Director of People Operations, explains how they posted direct links to resources like food, shelter, and power to give everyone safety information as quickly as possible.

Source: asianhospitality

Five Phrases You Can Start Using to Improve Employee Engagement Today

The words you use are just as important as your actions. Sometimes stronger. Everything from the way you introduce or ask for time to the way you say goodbye has a tone and feeling behind it.  This article highlights 5 phrases to use to improve your employee engagement. Take a look at this great article and let us know what you think on Twitter!
Source: APlusBenefits.com

Employee Engagement At Discover Financial Services

Pushing the employee engagement envelope can be difficult for many companies. It becomes even more difficult when you are already a leading brand in engagement. Discover Financial is a leader in the Financial industry and has been for decades, moving the needle in the employee engagement world is a project and one they take seriously. This article in Forbes by Kevin Kruse highlights the strengths and improvements the world class brand brings to engagement with their workforce. Take a look at this great article and let us know what you think on Twitter!
Source: Forbes.com

Here’s How HR Should Handle The Pokemon Craze

The Pokemon Go craze is in full swing. Is is an HR engagement booster or a PR nightmare waiting to happen? John Zappe from ERE.net is weighing in on the decision and the fine line businesses walk with the pending Pokemon epidemic. This article  highlights the pros and cons of bringing Pokemon Go into the workforce. Take a look at this great article and let us know what you think on Twitter!
Source: ERE.net

5 Principles To Help Leaders Engage Employees, And Serve Their Customers

Principles are the building blocks to bringing the organization together and connecting the culture to the employee and the hopeful employee engagement already set up. This article by Roger Trapp on Forbes highlights the principles to engage employees from a leadership perspective. Take a look at this great article and let us know what you think on Twitter!
Source: Forbes.com