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

Bay Area Council Economic Institute Highlights Beekeeper as a Successful Silicon Valley Company

Bay Area Council Economic Institute Highlights Beekeeper as a Successful Silicon Valley Company

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute recently published a report titled “Innovation Bridge: Technology, Startups, and Europe’s Connection to Silicon Valley,” with a spotlight on Beekeeper!

Innovation Bridge Report

The meticulous report delves into why so many European startups make their way to Silicon Valley and highlights numerous success stories, including Beekeeper. Leaders of many government agencies, universities, accelerators, venture firms, and private companies contributed their insights. The Institute’s knowledge partners, including Mind the Bridge, RocketSpace, Factory, and Tech.eu. also provided key data to enrich the study.

As a global startup that was founded in Zurich, Switzerland and is now dual-headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Beekeeper was given a spotlight. On page 41, you’ll learn about our fearless CEO, how Beekeeper came to be, the investors who helped get us here, and a few of our wonderful hospitality customers.

Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Since 1990, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute has been the leading think tank focused on the economic and policy issues facing the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Bay Area, the world’s leading center for technology and innovation. A valued forum for stakeholder engagement and a respected source of information and fact-based analysis, the Institute is a trusted partner and adviser to both business leaders and government officials.

Through its economic and policy research and its many partnerships, the Institute addresses major factors impacting the competitiveness, economic development and quality of life of the region and the state, including infrastructure, globalization, science and technology, and health policy. We are honored to be mentioned in one of their reports!

With over 80 employees in four countries, we are growing quickly! If you’re interested in joining the Beekeeper team on our quest to digitize the non-desk workforce, view our job listings on our Career page.

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Innovative mobile platform enables companies to effectively reach and engage workers without access to corporate email
in industries such as retail, hospitality and manufacturing
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FRHI Hotels & Resorts Wins 2015 Ragan’s Employee Communications Award for Best Employee Engagement

FRHI’s 125 global luxury hotels utilize Beekeeper’s cloud-based mobile communication solution to increase employee engagement

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“Reach your mobile employees” – Interview with Dr. Cristian Grossmann (CEO, Beekeeper) for Persorama magazine (in German)

Top-down approach was the only way how companies used to communicate with their employees. Nowadays the things have changed with employees taking the lead. Mobile technologies play an important role in that. What does it mean for internal communication? Persorama talked about this with the CEO of Beekeeper, Dr. Cristian Grossmann.

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“Autonomy, mastery, purpose” – HRO Today Forum in Amsterdam

“The war for talent is over, talent won!” Elliot Clark (SharedXpertise, Publisher HRO Today Global, SharedXpertise)

In this post we collect the key highlights, ideas and thoughts from the HRO Today Forum in Amsterdam.

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