Performance Management Goes to the Apps

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Jan 31, 2017

Academia is getting into HR tech development.

Two professors and an administrator at Temple University business DevelapMeschool have come up with DevelapMe, a performance management app. Not to be confused with Develop.Me, which is a performance management app for churches, the secular DevelapMe is one of the growing number of tech alternatives to the annual performance review. Like most of the other apps, it encourages real-time feedback and competency ratings, but better than some, DevelapMe is customizable to fit each organization’s needs

How did we hear about this? Temple’s Fox School of Business sent out a press release announcing it has begun using the app in its MBA curriculum. What the school did in the Fall semester was to assign some 50 MBA students responsibility for a team of six freshmen business students during a six-week business project. That happy 8-to-1 ratio yielded more than 25,000 data points and 2,800 comments, and, said the school, improved the leadership ability of 65 percent of the MBA students.

Talk to the Chatbot

Bots are another of the other emerging HR technologies. Recruiting is one of the earliest areas where chatbots are being deployed, and among the many folks getting into the bot business is Doug Berg, of Jobs2Web fame.

“Chatbots are a much better way to capture initial-location based talent interest versus hoping people will go to your career site,” Berg says. “People are much more inclined to have an instant chat conversation that will help capture their interest and start the recruiting conversation versus hoping they will go to a website that might not be mobile-optimized, forcing them to search for jobs or find something short of applying for a job which doesn’t exist on most career sites.”

Here are some of the other things we’re hearing:

  • SmartRecruiters is buying the Berlin “recommendation engine” Jobspotting. Jobspotting’s team will stay in Berlin and develop products to be incorporated into SmartRecruiters’ recruiting tools.
  • On the startup front, we talked with Elliott Garms, a co-founder of Dev Bootcamp Chicago and former Groupon recruiter, now co-founder of A possible competitor to Entelo, the company helps you prioritize who to go after in the tech field, based on their online activity. Customers include Redbull and Twilio.
  • One of the many others joining the chatbot party is Job Pal; Deutsche Telekom is doing a pilot.
  • Justworks, a 4-year-old PEO that’s attracted $54 million in funding, is prepping to move beyond its New York City birthplace to Washington, D.C. Isaac Oates, co-founder and CEO, told us Justworks has proven its technology and now is the co-employer for several thousand workers. What sets Justworks apart? The technology which is proprietary and designed around the needs of the small companies Justworks serves, said Oates.
  • Comparably raised $7.25 million.