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With Deep Des Moines Roots, WorkHound is Ready to Grow

This article was previously published on DSMPartnership.com and written by WorkHound Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Andrew Kirpalani. Venture Capital Fundraise Last month, WorkHound announced a successful $1.5 million venture capital fundraise. This is how Des Moines helped make that happen, and what the community can expect from us. WorkHound, a feedback platform that helps minimize employee turnover, was born in Greater Des Moines (DSM)as we simply grew where we were planted. We…


The Top Perks to Boost Your 2020 Employee Benefits Package

Benefits. You want the best for your team, but studies show that the benefit packages offered often don’t match up to the perks employees actually need. The good news is that feedback can be the key to unlocking the needs of your employee benefits package. What do employees really want? As we explored this topic, we noticed several trends surfacing in a variety of the studies we reviewed: Telecommuting and flexibility in scheduling: It’s no secret that we’re becoming more and more connected. As…


WorkHound Secures $1.5 Million Seed Round Funding

The fundraising round gives the feedback platform that reduces avoidable employee turnover the capital it needs to dive deeper into the supply chain realm, while expanding into new industries. WorkHound announced today that the company has successfully completed a fundraising seed round of $1.5 million. The capital will, in large part, be used to add to the company’s technology team headcount and support its growth deeper into the logistics space and additional industries. “To date, we’ve been…


Why WorkHound is telematics for drivers

The addition of computers into vehicles is still relatively new, dating back only a few decades. Over time, computing and data have steadily taken on a larger role in how vehicles perform, particularly in the trucking industry where vehicles can run over 100,000 miles per year. That data, known as telematics, can seemingly do it all these days — helping us know how to drive more carefully and what’s happening under the hood. And that’s great because it helps us know and better understand how…


Negative Feedback: How to Tame Your Knee-Jerk Reactions

Let’s face it. Taking criticism is never easy, especially at work. But when you’re a manager, it’s your job to make good use of feedback — even when it involves you, your peers, or other areas of the business. Having a leadership role doesn’t mean you’re perfect, but it does mean you’re called to a higher standard. And for good reason. When internal divisions persist at a company, the effect can be destabilizing. “Negativity has a knack for spreading, particularly at companies that don’t…


How worker feedback is the key to recruiting

Companies that start using WorkHound initially expect to only see negative anonymous feedback from workers — and while our data shows that more than 70 percent of employee feedback is negative (and negative feedback is the road map to help make big changes – check out our 2018 trends), that statistic alone doesn’t tell the whole story. When handled appropriately, even negative feedback can be used to create positive outcomes. We’ve found that positive feedback comes in small, frequent…


WorkHound’s Guide to Taboo Feedback from Professional Drivers

High tensions, divisive opinions, charged sensitives — every company has them. But when conflicts pit employees against leadership, especially on topics like company policy, that’s a bigger issue. When you’re a manager and you’re busy, wading into a problem with no clear alternative can seem risky, especially when it's easier to say "that's just the way it is" without a clear response. But in a competitive industry like trucking where workers are in short supply, the biggest risk is to…


So your company won’t change? Here’s how to fix it:

Change is hard. No matter how young or old your business is, change can be difficult to accept. Even leaders with the best of intentions learn that a policy change could have a drastically different impact on workers than what was intended during the planning phase. But at the end of the day, change is an inevitable part of running a successful business. That’s why we wanted to share some of the most common reasons leaders may be reluctant to change, along with tips for seeking out and…


Highway Mind: Correcting Course on Mental Health

Dangerous traffic. Chronic stress. Empty passenger seats. And way, way too much time to think. When you’re a driver in the trucking industry, it’s all part of the job. Over time, though, these strains can take a heavy toll on the mind. The risk of developing mental health issues in the trucking field is high — leaving many drivers debilitated, unsafe at the wheel, or with suicidal tendencies. If left untreated, mental illness can pose significant threats to more parties than just the driver.…


How to build the right team to review worker feedback

When you’re operating in an industry where jobs are more abundant than workers, losing talent to a competitor is an ongoing risk. It can be hard to know when an employee is planning to jump ship, and it can be even more challenging to bounce back when several of them choose to leave at once. But even in competitive labor markets, high employee turnover doesn’t have to be a given. For companies that want to keep talent, few resources are more valuable than honest feedback from workers, even…