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Inside the App: Proactive Management with Truvelop

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jul 22, 2021 11:07:49 AM

Now that you have been collecting performance data on your direct reports and generating meaningful insights on the Team Member dashboard, what’s next? Truvelop helps guide you by providing suggested proactive management strategies to increase engagement and talent retention with your Team Members. Understanding where your team members stand to curate productive and meaningful feedback is the first step in propelling your organization towards success.

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Tips on Talent Retention

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jul 20, 2021 10:13:01 AM

Company leaders and managers are inundated with more challenges and considerations around the workforce than ever before. How to transition back to the office? How to respond to the new, increased demand for work-from-home options? Can we require COVID-19 vaccinations? How do we adapt our production and revenue strategy around this new post-pandemic world? What new renovations to the office space will need to be considered?

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Effective Goal Setting in the Workplace

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jul 15, 2021 10:57:47 AM

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Announcing the Employee Resource Center

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Jul 14, 2021 9:42:28 AM

We are thrilled to announce the addition of our Employee Resource Center to the Knowledge Center.  At Truvelop, we do a lot of work supporting and guiding our Managers.  Most of our resources are Manager facing and have been aids in “training the trainer.”  However, real, long-lasting performance change has to come from the employee.  A Manager can be doing all of the right things and sharing constant support and encouragement to their Team Members, but the Team Members need to have the ability to take their development into their own hands.  From this idea, our Employee Resource Center was born.  

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Summer Slump

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jul 13, 2021 9:57:49 AM

The summer months can be a challenging period for businesses as employees lose focus amid vacations, evenings at the pool and opportunities to spend more time outdoors. Studies have shown that productivity can decrease 20% during the summer months!

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Encourage Autonomy and Growth

By Meryl Goeke, Customer Success and Support Specialist on Jul 7, 2021 3:48:41 PM

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The Importance of Communication, Now More Than Ever

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jul 6, 2021 10:53:11 AM

As employees begin returning to the office and companies adapt to a hybrid workplace with some employees working remotely, communication will be more important than ever before.

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Inside the App - Best Practices

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jul 1, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Whether you are new to Truvelop or a veteran user, our team shares best practices for maximizing the app for optimum performance.

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What You Missed in June

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Jun 30, 2021 10:08:03 AM

These past few months have been full of change and adjustments and that can be uncomfortable.  Employees have been asked to go above and beyond as we navigate these changes, leaving many feeling burnt out and disengaged.  In fact, a survey from CareerBuilder a few years back found that 61% of employees are burnt out on the job.  That number is even higher today, with estimates looking at nearly 80%. With this pattern emerging around the country, we wanted to arm our Managers with an understanding of how they can foster and support Team Member wellbeing.  Team Member wellbeing is more important than ever and it starts with more regular touchpoints between the Manager and Team Member. 

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Remote Work Isn't Always a Competitive Advantage

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jun 29, 2021 10:06:23 AM

While many employees praise the flexibility and increased production resulting from a remote work environment, which in some cases only became an option due to the pandemic, a return to the office for others is a welcome change after 15 months of working from home.

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Inside the App - Coaching Effectively

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jun 24, 2021 10:03:14 AM

Employee performance can be impacted by a number of factors – skillset, resources, appropriate goals, personal challenges, team dynamics, and more. Managers who simply hire employees, assign them tasks or goals, and maintain minimal communication will struggle to build a team of high-performing employees. Employees, no matter how experienced and committed they are to their job, can struggle to perform to expectations without an engaged manager.

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Putting the Focus on Team Member Wellbeing

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Jun 23, 2021 10:01:49 AM

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Culture in a Scaling Company

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jun 22, 2021 10:36:53 AM

For many small companies and tech start-ups, culture is the main selling point in talent recruitment, but as companies grow, maintaining the culture employees love can be challenging.

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Agile Goal-Setting

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jun 17, 2021 9:49:11 AM

Goals have been shown to boost productivity and motivation, fostering positive employee well-being. According to an article by Gallup, “Employees who strongly agree that their managers helped them set performance goals are 69% more engaged compared to employees who did not have managers help them."

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How Truvelop Leverages Performance Psychology

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Jun 16, 2021 10:22:40 AM

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How to Minimize Hatred in the Workplace

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jun 15, 2021 1:21:53 PM

Our country has seen an increase in hate directed at minority groups. Sexism. Racism. Anti-Asian. Anti-LGBTQ. And, the workplace is not immune to this hatred.

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Inside the App - Different Ways Employees Can Use The App

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jun 10, 2021 9:54:52 AM

In addition to helping managers effectively monitor and encourage employee performance and engagement, Truvelop provides employees with a way to track and trend progress and have insights into their performance. The app also encourages and enables the delivery of real-time feedback to team members in the moment, when it counts – no more waiting a year for the annual evaluation!

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The State of Employee Engagement Through Transition

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jun 9, 2021 1:33:44 PM

This past year has been full of changes and transitions, and it’s not letting up quite yet. Our talent landscape is shifting at an unprecedented rate, as hybrid workforces become mainstream, as we face a mass exodus of Boomers retiring, and as we navigate the changes in what’s important to our team members. According to Jennifer Liu, CNBC contributor, “1 in 4 US workers is considering quitting their job in the coming months.” Should 25% of our workforce actually move around, this will be even more change that we need to address.

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Frontline Workers

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jun 8, 2021 10:18:38 AM

COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the nation’s frontline workers – primarily first responders – and the challenges they face especially in light of a public health pandemic. In addition to healthcare workers, however, frontline workers were expected to continue to work with or without proper protective gear or space to socially distance themselves. These workers include those working in constructions, utilities, transportation, restaurants and retail, not to mention those dispatched for residential or commercial work such as plumbers, housekeepers and postal delivery. According to Brookings, there are 50 million frontline workers in the US.

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What Makes a Strong Evaluation?

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jun 3, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Evaluations can be challenging for companies and managers alike. What criteria should be considered? How often should evaluations take place? How can employees be engaged in the process? Will the evaluations be effective in supporting employee development.

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Boosting Team Member Engagement and Wellbeing

By Meryl Goeke and Juliana Withers, Truvelop Customer Success Team on Jun 2, 2021 3:17:51 PM

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Why Employees Hate Evaluations

By Isabelle Clavelli on Jun 1, 2021 10:16:48 AM

According to a study by Gallup, traditional performance reviews and approaches to feedback are often so bad that they actually make performance worse about one-third of the time - only 14% of employees strongly agree their performance reviews inspire them to improve.

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Inside the App - Spark Encouragement

By Isabelle Clavelli on May 27, 2021 10:00:12 AM

Studies show that continuous evaluations have more of an impact than the traditional annual review. The Truvelop app provides managers a comprehensive tool to evaluate and engage employees, aggregating all of the data in one place.

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What You Missed in May

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on May 26, 2021 12:15:16 PM

"April showers bring May flowers."  This common little phrase is used to suggest that May is a period of growth and new life. Today, many organizations are experiencing their own new life with the possibility of returning to the office, adopting a hybrid model, or even finding another version of adapting their current structure to fit the ever-shifting landscape.  With this pattern of intra-organizational movement, we wanted our focus for May to be Development Planning. It is more important than ever to invest in our Team Members' development, and that starts with identifying where the Team Member is today, what their path forward looks like, and how to get there.  

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Post-COVID Hybrid Model

By Isabelle Clavelli on May 25, 2021 10:07:00 AM


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The State of Employee Engagement in a Remote World

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on May 20, 2021 9:30:00 AM

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Team Member Development & Planning

By Meryl Goeke and Juliana Withers, Truvelop Customer Success Team on May 19, 2021 9:51:43 AM

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Mental Health Awareness Month

By Isabelle Clavelli on May 18, 2021 9:58:30 AM

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Data is the Foundation

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on May 13, 2021 12:43:57 PM

The Truvelop app is a comprehensive tool but like many tools, the information put into it determines how well it performs.

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Using Truvelop as a Compass for Harkins Coaching Culture

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on May 12, 2021 4:42:49 PM

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Supporting and Advancing High-Performing Team Members

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on May 11, 2021 11:28:09 AM

Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group, has often been quoted, “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to.”

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Inside the App: How to Coach

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on May 6, 2021 9:01:44 AM

Fostering employee engagement and professional development is a challenging task in normal circumstances. Doing so virtually during a pandemic with employees who have the added burden of juggling virtual school, health fears, and shared home workspace, can feel near impossible. Fortunately, digital applications like Zoom and Slack, that hadn't yet been widely adopted by most mainstream, traditional companies, were available and have been helpful in offering insight to companies for new ways to actively engage and manage teams.

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Welcome Calvary Church

By Meryl Goeke, Customer Success and Support Specialist on May 5, 2021 10:06:51 PM

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Moving Team Members into New Roles

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on May 4, 2021 10:55:06 AM

Teams rarely are perfect. There are always situations when team members are incompatible, or half the team feels as if it is carrying the weight of the entire team while others feel overlooked and misunderstood. Navigating these dynamics can be challenging for managers.

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Inside the App: Managing Remote Teams

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Apr 29, 2021 10:37:46 AM

Nearly every business in America has had to adapt to managing employees remotely. For field workers – those working in jobs that are not based in an office such as construction workers and nurses – remote work is a normal, everyday part of the job.

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What You Missed in April

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Apr 28, 2021 11:46:49 AM

As April comes to a close, we want to take this time to reflect on all that we covered this past month.  In April, our blogs focused in on Employee Development. From delivering feedback, to effectively training managers, to talent management, we covered a lot of ground.  

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Effective Coaching

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Apr 27, 2021 1:18:32 PM

It takes more than monitoring work production and holding employees accountable to goals to be a successful manager. An effective manager coaches employees to foster growth and potential.

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Management Cue Cards

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Apr 22, 2021 10:34:04 AM

Evaluating team members means nothing if the data is not used to support them. When conducted as a routine exercise to meet company policy with no outcomes, evaluations can become a burden and seemingly useless task for both employees and managers. According to Gallup, only 14% of employees strongly agree their performance reviews inspire them to improve.

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Client success: Apartment Turnovers

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Apr 21, 2021 11:38:58 AM

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Training Managers

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Apr 20, 2021 11:00:43 AM

Managers are a key component to increased productivity and company success. They not only set goals and a vision for their employees, but they also offer structure to the company. If a manager lacks in any areas such as organizing, delegating, or mentoring, it can hurt the productivity, efficiency, and engagement of their team. Furthermore, it can also negatively affect the overall development of employees and the business.

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Time to Hire or Replace

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Apr 15, 2021 12:01:54 PM

Turnover is hard – and expensive. While it seems easy to fire an employee, it isn’t always the best move. However, there are times when there is no room for improvement because performance or behavior is poor, therefore replacing an employee is the optimal way to mitigate risk.

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Delivering Effective Feedback with Truvelop

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Apr 14, 2021 2:23:05 PM

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Creating Space for Challenging Conversations

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Apr 13, 2021 11:35:29 AM

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Inside the App: Fostering Peer Relationships and Collaborative Planning

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Apr 8, 2021 11:29:31 AM

Truvelop is not just an evaluation tool. Employee performance development requires more than continuous feedback and evaluation. Boosting morale, fostering communication among team members, and creating an inclusive culture are all critical to improving employee development.

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Mindfulness in the Workplace

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Apr 6, 2021 11:42:37 AM

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Inside the App: Rater Reliability

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Apr 1, 2021 12:55:26 PM

Performance evaluations can be a challenge for everyone involved especially when they only occur once per year. Keeping accurate, detailed notes. Recalling periods of high and low performance – successes and failures. Points of friction or poor communication.

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What You Missed in March

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Mar 31, 2021 11:49:13 AM

Hard to believe that we are already at the end of the first quarter of the year.  March has been an exceptionally busy month for us here at Truvelop!  Between our awesome new customers, receiving funding from TEDCO, and expanding our Knowledge Center, we can't help but feel like March has been our best month yet. This past month our blogs focused in on Employee Appreciation and Recognition to ensure a positive employee experience and retention of our top talent.  

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Tips on Starting a Remote Job

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Mar 30, 2021 12:36:38 PM

Searching for a job and going through the hiring process remotely is strange. It’s more strange, however, to start a job remotely. There is no first day lunch with the team. No tours of the new office or meeting new colleagues. There is no access to paper files and notes from a predecessor, or time to sit down in the office with a boss or teammate to learn. Starting an unfamiliar job with an unfamiliar company, with no face-to-face interaction can be challenging. However, it looks as though remote work and collaboration are here to stay. In a PWC survey, 78% of 669 CEO’s agreed that remote collaboration is here long-term. Therefore, if you plan or anticipate a job change in the foreseeable future, you will need to adapt to a new way of onboarding.

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Managing Goals with Truvelop

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Mar 25, 2021 10:54:53 AM

Businesses live and die by revenue and growth goals. And those can only be achieved when their employees have their own set of goals to meet. In addition to company growth, goals have been shown to boost productivity and motivation, fostering positive employee wellbeing. According to an article by Gallup, “Employees who strongly agree that their managers helped them set performance goals are 69% more engaged compared to employees who did not have managers help them."

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Announcement: Truvelop Spanish Resource Center

By Meryl Goeke, Customer Success and Support Specialist on Mar 24, 2021 12:06:26 PM

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By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Mar 23, 2021 3:30:09 PM

For extroverts, or those who rely on networking to succeed in their jobs, the pandemic has been a challenge to maneuver, requiring creativity to make new connections. As every business and organization has had to pivot to a virtual world, the annual calendar of events is no longer relevant, making it difficult to identify opportunities for speaking engagements, or knowing who will be attending what event.

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Fostering High Performance Cultures with Truvelop

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Mar 18, 2021 2:43:41 PM

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Truvelop Receives Investment from Maryland Technology Development Corporation TEDCO

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Mar 9, 2021 2:59:48 PM

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National Employee Appreciation Day

By Meryl Goeke, Customer Success and Support Specialist on Mar 5, 2021 9:56:26 AM

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Fostering Team Communication Inside the App

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Mar 4, 2021 11:30:31 AM

Keeping lines of communication open among a team is challenging in a remote environment. It can be difficult to communicate effectively through email, Slack channels, and virtual project management tools. In-person team meetings, chats over a cubicle wall, celebratory lunches and happy hours all offer opportunities for employees to communicate in real time, recognizing each other’s accomplishments, and seeking support as needed.

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Truvelop Welcomes New Customer B.well

By Meryl Goeke, Customer Success and Support Specialist on Mar 3, 2021 10:31:19 AM

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The Importance of Recurrent Training Programs to Foster Agility

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Mar 2, 2021 1:37:27 PM

Now it is more important than ever to review and update your company training manual and procedures. Training should not be something offered once with new employee onboarding and never again. To be effective and competitive, a company must train its employees recurrently, providing them with opportunities to learn about new trends, approaches and ways to improve or adapt.

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What you Missed in February and What's up Next

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Feb 24, 2021 7:33:08 PM

February always seems to fly by, so it can be easy to forget just how much we covered in the shortest month.  Our blogs this past month really focused in on the employee experience and creative ways to boost engagement.  

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By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Feb 19, 2021 12:11:42 PM

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By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Feb 18, 2021 11:13:08 AM

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By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Feb 16, 2021 1:27:52 PM

In the HR industry, talent development is mainly focused on “employees”, which typically means those working at lower levels of the organizational structure. The development of managers is often overlooked. Managers play an important role in driving a successful company, but they too need support and attention so that they can flourish.

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By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Feb 11, 2021 4:34:24 PM

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How to Promote Horizontal Talent Mobility

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Feb 5, 2021 1:29:43 PM

Earlier this week Customer Success Team Member Juliana Withers hosted Truvelop’s User Community Lunch and Learn on Horizontal Talent Mobility Strategies and how to develop them. 2021 is predicted to have a much more competitive talent landscape, so taking a creative approach to developing internal talent is more important than ever. Additionally, improving the employee experience is expected to be a focus for many organizations again this year which means finding new ways to engage and challenge employees is definitely a priority. Juliana took our Users on a deep dive into creative talent development strategies, placing an emphasis on horizontal mobility through the utilization of transferable skills.  

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What You Missed: Our Most Popular Blogs in January 2021

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Jan 29, 2021 1:25:06 PM

This month, we shared lots of best practices and learnings from the last year. The most popular among our followers included approaches to goal setting, employee engagements trends, ensuring rater reliability, retaining top talent, and much more. Taking in these valuable tips and lessons learned are a great way to move forward in the year 2021.

Enjoy revisiting these blogs and the many tips and tricks included with each blog post. Please help us expand our community by following us on LinkedIn and Facebook and continue to visit Truvelop’s blog for valuable insights into best practices in performance management, real-time feedback and employee engagement and how to improve the overall employee experience.

It’s not too late to rethink and modernize your performance management and development strategy for 2021! Truvelop can help!
Topics: Popular Blogs
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A Modern Approach to Performance Management. Why Truvelop?

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Jan 26, 2021 2:32:05 PM

In the last year talent management has been turned on its head. Remote workforce management, flexible scheduling and hybrid models are here to stay. The economic uncertainty created by the pandemic has caused many companies to reconsider or pause major investments in enterprise technology for human capital management (HCM) as many companies have shifted to remote work indefinitely. As we have seen from previous economic downturns, HR will inevitably fall victim to the recessionary environment if it hasn’t already – emphasizing the need for efficient, effective and less expensive HR technology tools.

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Truvelop and the Future of Work

By Samantha Bailey, Social Media and Marketing Intern on Jan 22, 2021 3:08:09 PM

The unprecedented events of 2020 took everyone by surprise. Everybody had to quickly adapt to the circumstances of Covid-19, including me as a college student at Salisbury University who had to adapt to on-line learning. Workplaces had to endure one of the biggest transitions for businesses than ever before. Remote work clearly existed before the year 2020, however, not for everyone.

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Top Employee Engagement Trends Coming Out of 2020

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Jan 19, 2021 12:23:03 PM

2020 was an unprecedented year for virtually every industry. We incurred a lot of sudden change back in March, and things never really slowed down from there. Despite the uncertainty we all felt at times last year, we certainly learned a lot. Now that we are coming up on a year living with the pandemic, it’s a great time to look back to see which lessons we should carry forward with us into 2021. Specifically, here are a few of the top engagement trends coming out of 2020.

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Retaining Top Talent in 2021

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Jan 15, 2021 9:30:00 AM

A strong people development strategy is centered around coaching employees and guiding them toward growth as people and professionals. Once you’ve fostered a team of core contributors and high performers, you will want to make sure you make a conscious effort to keep them! Here are three strategies for retaining your business’ top talent in 2021.

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Truvelop Tip: Best Practices for Ensuring Rater Reliability During the Evaluation Process

By Juliana Withers, Customer Success Team on Jan 12, 2021 3:25:44 PM

As a member of the Customer Success Team at Truvelop, Juliana Withers works directly with our customers and end users and is constantly looking for ways to improve the overall user experience. During one of her weekly calls, a customer recently asked about Rater Reliability and best practices for ensuring that her managers were consistently conducting fair and objective evaluations. And just like that, Carreen Kouts, HR Director of R2integrated, LLC inspired Juliana to add a new resource to our Knowledge Center.

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Taking a Modern Approach to Goal Setting in 2021

By Meryl Goeke and Juliana Withers, Truvelop Customer Success Team on Jan 5, 2021 10:57:50 AM

Our customers certainly took advantage of Truvelop’s technology last year to adopt a modern, continuous approach to performance management and development. In fact, our customers recorded the highest number of evaluations completed in a month and delivered the largest number of Sparks (real-time feedback and observations) in any 30-day period since launching the product in 2019.

Topics: Goal Setting
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A Year in Review: Our Most Popular Blogs of 2020

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Dec 29, 2020 9:56:20 AM

2020 was a year no-one will ever forget. It brought challenges we never anticipated we would ever face - both personally and professionally. The companies that survived - and even thrived, adapted repeatedly. And each adaptation brought lessons.
As we finally move into 2021, we wanted to take a look back at our top-read blogs that focused on improvement and progression for our employees, our businesses, our strategies, and more.
Enjoy revisiting these blogs and the many tips and tricks included with each blog post. Please help us expand our community by following us on Facebook and LinkedIn and continue to visit’s blog for valuable insights into best practices in performance management, real-time feedback and employee engagement.
Wishing you a great start to the New Year!
Topics: Popular Blogs
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Celebrating 2 Years with Truvelop’s First Customer: First Financial

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Dec 22, 2020 11:39:03 AM

Two years ago, in December 2018, we were preparing to launch our commercial product designed to help businesses revitalize their performance evaluation process. In 2021, we will celebrate our second year in the market. Our very first customer to adopt our continuous performance management and development methodology was First Financial Credit Union. We’re proud to report that we’re still working together to this day and we wanted to take some time to revisit and celebrate our fantastic journey together!

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Lessons from 2020 to Inform Your 2021 Performance Management Strategy

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Dec 17, 2020 4:03:55 PM

This past year has undoubtedly been an unexpected way to kick off the new decade. Amidst everything that made 2020 such an unprecedented year, we certainly learned a lot. Many aspects of our lives and businesses changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we feel stronger because of it! After living through our “new normal “ for nearly a year, it’s the perfect time to look back on our experiences to distill critical lessons that we can take with us as we move into 2021.

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By Samantha Bailey on Dec 16, 2020 1:31:59 PM

The world of performance reviews is changing, as many companies are moving toward more frequent performance reviews. Rather than providing feedback to an employee once or twice per year many employers are adopting a continuous performance management methodology. This is great news for employees as studies show that most employees prefer real-time feedback and despise the annual review process as it adds little to no value for the employee. The following are some recommendations for employees to help them adjust to a more frequent, modern approach to employee reviews and improve performance at the same time.

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Truvelop Tip: Mindfulness in the Workplace

By Samantha Clavelli, Customer Success Manager on Dec 10, 2020 11:00:07 AM

Later this week, Truvelop's Customer Success leader Sam Clavelli will host her fourth User Community Lunch and Learn session. Over 75 participants across our customer base have joined these Zoom sessions to learn about proactive management strategies and how best to engage team members using the Truvelop App.


Last session, the User Community talked about developing improvement plans and ensuring that feedback not only reflects on the past, but more importantly is forward-looking.

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Internal Communication Strategies for 2021

By Samantha Bailey and Lisa First-Willis on Dec 1, 2020 2:35:23 PM

A company’s internal communication strategy is an important component of employee engagement. However, according to an article by Workforce, “60 percent of companies don’t have a long-term internal communication strategy.” With one month before the new year, here are a couple tips for building a strong internal communication strategy for 2021:

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Truvelop Tip: Expressing Gratitude

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Nov 25, 2020 9:57:02 AM

Twice a month Truvelop’s #CustomerSuccess team sends messaging to our management team users with helpful recommendations, best practices for managing performance and driving engagement with team members and Truvelop functionality tips. This week we sent our messaging a little sooner not only because it’s a holiday week and the month ends next Monday, but mostly because the holiday coming up is #Thanksgiving—the perfect opportunity to express gratitude to your team members and direct reports.

Topics: Truvelop
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How to Give Effective Feedback

By Samantha Bailey and Lisa First-Willis on Nov 24, 2020 12:59:25 PM

As we approach year-end, many managers may be realizing that the employee feedback provided to their team members over the last year may not have moved the needle quite as much as they had hoped. A key component of being an effective manager is providing feedback. This starts with understanding the impact of the way you interact with employees. In today’s blog we identify some tips on how to provide meaningful constructive feedback.

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Open Enrollment: Tips & Tricks From The Experts

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Nov 19, 2020 3:56:09 PM

It’s that time of year again! Open enrollment for 2021 is in full swing. Some may be asking, what does this annual event represent and how well can it serve you and your company, especially during these challenging and uncertain times? Truvelop is here to shed some light on how important open enrollment really is, what we can do to help, and a couple of good insights and recommendations from Truvelop’s Co-Founder and CEO, and tenured HR leader, Lisa First-Willis.

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Rethinking Performance Management for 2021

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Nov 17, 2020 2:57:05 PM

Last week, Governor Larry Hogan announced tightened social distancing restrictions for Maryland yet again. With this announcement came the recommendation to keep working from home if at all possible. At this point in the year, it’s become clear that remote workforce management isn’t going away any time soon. As such, it’s time to rethink performance management for 2021.

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How the Employee Experience Has Changed

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Nov 13, 2020 2:14:08 PM

What a year. With 2020 (thankfully) coming to an end, businesses across the country have gone through tough changes, pivots, and realignments. Even though many companies made the switch to remote back in March and April, many are still adjusting and adapting to the challenges associated with remote workforce management, and starting to realize the impact on the overall employee experience. And as remote work is here to stay, here are a few things to keep in mind:

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Client Success: Upper Chesapeake Health

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Nov 9, 2020 3:36:39 PM

In March 2020, the United States quickly began to realize that the COVID-19 virus was going to have an unprecedented impact on the country. As a result, businesses everywhere were forced to reimagine the way they operate day-to-day as a means of keeping their staff and the general public safe. For many businesses, working from home became the perfect response. But what about essential businesses and organizations? They had to find a way to stay afloat in this period of uncertainty and ensure employee performance and engagement remained high. For Upper Chesapeake Health, Truvelop was the perfect solution.

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Fostering Inclusion in Remote Work Times

By Mike Anthony on Oct 29, 2020 3:05:51 PM

Having to manage a team is already a tough job, and now with remote work, it has become even more difficult. Face-to-face interactions really make a difference, as everything is more personable. However, with employees now being spread out across countless work-from-home locations, it’s so much harder to connect, communicate, and work collaboratively. With these three easy steps, you can help your employees feel more included no matter where they are working.

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Effective Onboarding Tips for Remote Workers During the First 90 Days

By Samantha Bailey on Oct 23, 2020 9:52:43 AM

Topics: Onboarding
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How to be an Effective Manager AND Leader

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Oct 22, 2020 1:04:23 PM

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The Impact of Continual Performance Reviews

By Samantha Bailey on Oct 16, 2020 8:23:37 AM

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Truvelop Customer Success Team Announces New User Community

By Samantha Clavelli, Customer Success Manager on Oct 14, 2020 10:07:56 AM

Over the past few months, Truvelop’s Customer Success team has been engaging in active (virtual) conversations with our Customers’ management teams surrounding their experiences with Truvelop. Their input is critical to ensuring our product is adding value and constantly evolving to meet the needs of management teams especially as they face unprecedented challenges associated with today’s complex work environment.

As a Customer Success Manager, I personally have learned a lot from our customers on what’s working, what’s not, and what it is about Truvelop that keeps users coming back regularly to evaluate their team members, provide feedback in real-time, and take advantage of the micro-learning resources available in our Knowledge Center. This input helps me write bi-weekly customized messaging that fits their leadership style and culture to ensure maximum adoption.

We value the feedback we receive from the management teams across our customer base especially as it relates to their success stories, effective management strategies, and desires for future enhancements that will further embed Truvelop into their daily flow of work.

So, we decided to expand these conservations by creating a Truvelop User Community to give managers an opportunity to share with one another their experiences with the platform, ask questions, discuss best practices, and dive deeper into Truvelop’s functionality.

This Thursday, October 15 from 12:00-1:00pm we’ll hold our first Truvelop User Community Lunch and Learn. This is one of the many exciting projects in the pipeline for the Customer Success team. We’re fortunate to have a diverse network of customers reaching across various industries such as healthcare, construction and building trades, and corporate accounting and finance.

This new User Community will provide an opportunity for a more in-depth, dynamic discussion around continuous performance management and development strategies and the benefits of real time feedback while maximizing Truvelop. We’re looking forward to seeing where these conversations take us and learning directly from our customers how we can continue to enhance the Truvelop experience.

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How to Keep Your Employees Motivated

By Mike Anthony on Oct 13, 2020 5:10:31 PM

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Truvelop Welcomes New Customer Apartment Turnovers

By The Truvelop Team on Oct 9, 2020 2:47:19 PM

We are excited to welcome Apartment Turnovers to our growing customer base! Cesia Gama, HR Manager, explains why Truvelop is such an important part of their employee development strategy: 

"Managing  remote teams can be a challenge. What is different about Truvelop is keeping the human element in mind. It’s not just how people get their work done. It’s how we connect with them – providing immediate feedback, supporting open communication and developing their potential. Partnering  with Truvelop will help us create an environment where people find their own happiness.”

Thank you Cesia - we are so excited to work with you and your team!

Are you ready to improve the overall employee experience at your organization while managing the performance and development of each team member? Contact us today for a demo

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Truvelop Announces New Board Member

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Oct 5, 2020 4:07:02 PM

Truvelop announces the addition of Kim Shanahan to Board of Directors

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Self-Improvement Tips Anyone Can Practice

By Samantha Bailey on Sep 29, 2020 10:55:25 AM

Pandemic or not, remote or not, you’re always working hard and looking for opportunities to improve and be a strong contributor to the team’s success. Check out these great tips on how to be a leading contributor on the team:

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How to Inspire Disengaged Employees

By Mike Anthony on Sep 25, 2020 12:54:00 PM

Employee engagement has always been a struggle, and the 2020 pandemic only amplified the issue. Feelings of disengagement may come from lack of motivation or training, life changes, role changes, lack of success, being in the wrong role, not knowing if they’re succeeding at their job, insecurity, office politics, rumors, – the possibilities are endless. If an employee doesn’t know if they are performing at the expected level, they will rapidly become disinterested, and less and less productive. The onus is on management and leadership to figure out the source of disengagement and begin a path to recovery. Check out our five tips for engaging the disengaged:

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HR Incentives to Improve Employee Performance and Develop Your Team

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Sep 22, 2020 1:14:40 PM

One of the most important parts of any business is the team of people driving it forward, and an effective team with passion and drive can grow together and help your business to grow as a result. However, employee development doesn’t occur by accident. How can you use HR incentives to improve employee performance and help your employees realize their full potential?

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The Truth About Performance Management

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Sep 18, 2020 8:29:25 AM

How is your employee experience? According to  Mercer’s Global Talent Trends Report for 2020, companies that offer their employees an enriching experience are more likely to have energized, engaged workers.
As organizations develop their HR strategies this year, a focal point will be improving both in-office and remote employee experiences. In fact, 58% of organizations are redesigning their companies to become more people-focused. Continuous feedback platforms are a critical piece of the puzzle. Bottom line, it’s time to rethink your performance management and development strategy.
When we founded Trigger Transformation Inc, aka  Truvelop, back in 2017, we did so with the intention of disrupting the annual review methodology to be more consistent and data driven, using real-time evaluation and continuous feedback from managers as data points. As we continue to grow and further develop our product, now is a great time to share the valuable insights we have gained and start providing a recap of all things Truvelop. We encourage you to subscribe to Truvelop’s TruTalk, where you can join our community, celebrate our success and check out the latest trends in performance management and development.


Like most companies in HR tech, we experienced a delay in the sales pipeline during the early months of the pandemic as CEO’s and HR leaders were dealing with the immediate response to COVID-19. The good news is we did not lose a single customer due to COVID-19 and saw increased utilization of the App as many companies shifted to remote workforce management. Here are some of our latest utilization stats:
These statistics tell a very important story. Remember, one of the many benefits of using Truvelop is  improving employee engagement  and productivity through continuous performance evaluation and feedback. The current climate has made employee engagement a top concern for companies across the country with team members feeling isolated, anxious, and uncertain about the future. Truvelop Managers are completing  multiple assessments  throughout the year – monthly and even weekly – and delivering real-time feedback in the moment – when it counts. Increasing employee touchpoints and communication is paramount to the ongoing success of any employee engagement strategy. Bottom line, we built the right product at the right time as Truvelop is adding value now more than ever.
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Building the Right Product for the Right Time

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Sep 16, 2020 3:06:05 PM

When COVID-19 took center stage in March of this year, many businesses shifted their attention toward forming an immediate response to the pandemic. Even still, 2020 has presented a unique opportunity for Truvelop. The reason why? Our product is well suited for businesses looking for HR tools that deliver in a remote work environment.

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A Message from CEO and Co-Founder Lisa First-Willis

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Sep 9, 2020 2:09:11 PM

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Friday Five: Keeping Teams Connected & Interacting in Remote Times

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Sep 4, 2020 9:05:44 AM

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By Joey McCord, Truvelop Chief Technology Officer on Sep 2, 2020 3:01:48 PM

Times have changed. Remote work is no longer a one-off luxury for a few employees. It's become the norm, for now at least. As such, it's important that companies realize it takes more than just technology and tools to create an effective remote workforce. 

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New Resource Center: Diversity & Inclusion

By Samantha Bailey on Aug 28, 2020 2:19:21 PM

Truvelop is devoted to helping you create and foster an open and diverse place of work. As promised, we have been working to create a Diversity and Inclusion Resource Center to help companies promote open dialogue around diversity, inclusivity, and systemic racism.

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Driving More Engagement During Uncertain Times

By Mike Anthony on Aug 25, 2020 3:27:07 PM

As we are all transitioning to remote work for the long and near-future, performance appraisals have become a new challenge. One of the key factors in any performance appraisal is engagement. The farther current conditions drive each us physically apart from each other, the more we have to find ways to increase engagement with each other.

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WFH Burnout: Tips for Prevention

By Samantha Bailey on Aug 21, 2020 8:42:20 AM

While working from home, it is easy to lose track of your physical and mental health and become solely wrapped up in your work. Your days are not as structured as they would be in the office, causing your motivation, and productivity to potentially deplete. Basically, you wind up working around the clock, while simultaneously managing a family and trying to homeschool your kids, and you get burned out.

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The New Normal & What It Means for the Restaurant & Service Industries

By Bob Barry on Aug 18, 2020 4:23:42 PM

Let’s just face it - we are in crazy times. Our world has been turned upside down. Our work, our family, and our communities. Speaking of work, how is your company dealing with team members in this new normal?

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Client Success: Walter Electric

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Aug 13, 2020 12:23:30 PM

The world has changed a lot since October 2019 when Walter Electric enlisted the services of Truvelop. Our relationship started when the electrical contractor decided it was time to replace their dated employee performance review process. Up until that point, the business got by using a paper-based yearly evaluation system. With the majority of their 73 employees working in the field, it wasn’t feasible to conduct evaluations on a more frequent basis.

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Managing Remote Teams During 2020’s New Normal

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Aug 11, 2020 12:21:11 PM

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5 Tips for Improving Your Team's Engagement While Working Remotely

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Aug 7, 2020 1:16:57 PM

We're months into this new normal that 2020 brought us, and many of us have been and will remain remote for the near future. Along with managing our own work-from-home universe, we're also learning how best to keep teams engaged, motivated and productive in a remote world. Check out our top tips:

1. Increase Touchpoints

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Employee Evaluation In a Remote World

By Mike Anthony on Aug 4, 2020 2:51:18 PM

Meeting cancelled. Conference cancelled. Game cancelled. Season in flux.

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Top 10 Places to Work: What makes them so great year after year?

By Samantha Bailey on Jul 31, 2020 9:38:00 AM

Every year Fortune Magazine puts out its list of Top 10 places to work, and every year many of the same companies make the list. Why? What are they doing?

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Tuesday Tips: Working From home

By Mike Anthony on Jul 21, 2020 12:51:41 PM

The COVID-19 quarantine has created perhaps the largest ever remote workforce. Initially people were loving the flexibility and quality family time (and lack of commute). But as time marches on, the glaring issues that come with long term working from home emerge; the biggest of which is balance. 

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Friday Focus: Truvelop’s Features Showcase

By Mike Anthony on Jul 17, 2020 9:25:28 AM

Truvelop has a variety of proven features that can provide your team with engaging and actionable communication and motivation tools. Below is a highlight of our most used features, as well as the underdogs – the ones we love that don’t yet get enough attention. Check it out and comment below with your favorite!

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Tuesday Tip: Employee Retention

By Samantha Bailey on Jul 14, 2020 11:16:29 AM

According to a late 2019 report from The Conference Board, only 54% of Americans are satisfied with their jobs. This means that almost half of working class Americans are not satisfied with their jobs. Do you wonder if your employees fall within that 46%? Well in these crazy times, it should be one of your top priorities.

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Friday Focus: Keeping Morale High in Times of Social Distancing

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Jul 10, 2020 11:03:56 AM

As working from home stretches into its fourth month, with potentially no end in sight, morale is becoming a primary concern of many businesses. Managers aren’t sure how to boost it virtually, let alone how their people are actually feeling. 

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Tuesday Tip: Overcoming Challenges through Collaboration

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Jun 30, 2020 10:22:15 AM

Not everything goes perfectly all the time – no matter where you are. In work or in life, every day is full of new unanticipated challenges. The only thing we can control is our reaction and response.  When your product, project plan or even business plan fails, it’s hard to accept, but it happens every day.

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Friday Focus: Client Success Best Friends Fur Ever

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Jun 26, 2020 9:06:44 AM

Best Friends Fur Ever (BFFE), a dog daycare facility with over 80 employees came to Truvelop for help in managing an ever-growing multi-location team.

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Celebrating Juneteenth

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Jun 19, 2020 8:04:02 AM

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Helping Your People Get Back to Work Safely

By Mike Anthony on Jun 18, 2020 9:33:40 AM

Recently, Truvelop expanded our partnership with 1Rivet, the company that helped us develop our original app and continues to help us support our customers. 1Rivet has developed an app called MyHealthyWork, an easy-to-use, intuitive tool that helps organizations accomplish three crucial steps in bringing their people back to work:

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#Tuesday Tip: The Power of the Dashboard

By Gavin Dinkel on Jun 9, 2020 11:46:17 AM

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Friday Focus: Planning for a Return to Normal

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Jun 5, 2020 1:21:36 PM

Planning a “return to normal” is something we’ve all been thinking about. But as that picture changes almost every day, it’s difficult to make a plan, let alone an implementation timeline for returning to the workplace. It’s hard to tell what post-pandemic life will look like, but some companies have already decided, like Twitter, to allow employees to work from home indefinitely.  

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Friday Five: The pandemic can go! But what should stay?

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on May 29, 2020 2:15:24 PM

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Turning Observations Into Conversations that Help Your People Grow

By Gavin Dinkel on May 26, 2020 1:32:08 PM

Truvelop’s foundation is all about managers communicating with and engaging their teams based on real-time, ongoing evaluations and appraisals – including on-the-fly Sparks! Well Spark just got an amazing upgrade! Check out Ignite – Truvelop's latest new feature!

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Three Pillars to Success in Remote Work Times

By Gavin Dinkel on May 19, 2020 8:16:07 AM

The recent pandemic has tested the strength and resilience of our workplaces. Depending on industry and location, some businesses have flourished and sadly, many others have had to shut down – some temporarily, some permanently.

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Finding the balance between vital information and data overload

By Gerry Sandusky on May 12, 2020 4:40:56 PM

In any time - good or bad - information overload can paralyze people, keeping them stuck in uncertainty instead of moving ahead decisively. And most often, information overload is detrimental. Finding the balance of staying transparent within your organization, without overwhelming your teams, revolves around the same principles we used in building Truvelop.

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Friday Five: The Job Security Conversation

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on May 8, 2020 10:46:38 AM

Every week the unemployment numbers become more and more staggering. Furloughs, reductions in force and layoffs are abundant regardless of company size or stature. The result -- employees are left questioning their own job security. As leaders, it is our job to balance providing reassurance without making promises we can't keep. 
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Staying connected - how and when to check in without risk of overload

By Mike Anthony on May 5, 2020 3:14:18 PM

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Friday Five: Navigating Technology in a Remote World

By Gerry Sandusky on May 1, 2020 9:22:38 AM

As you settle into the new virtual, remote work life, you may find yourself at times drowning in the flood of electronic communications: email, Zoom, FaceTime, Slack, and whatever proprietary chat tools you have. Having and using too many tech options is overwhelming and can lead to a negative impact on productivity just like having too few tools and options.
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What Businesses Can Learn from a Successful Virtual NFL Draft

By Gerry Sandusky on Apr 28, 2020 8:14:54 AM

No man hugs. No bands. No crowds. And still the NFL set a ratings record for the number of people who watched the draft last weekend.

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Friday 5: Tips to Keep Your Sanity AND KEEP Your Team Feeling Safe, Secure, & Connected

By Gerry Sandusky on Apr 24, 2020 12:48:04 PM

Everyone always says look to the flight attendants. If they look calm, it’s ok. If they look concerned - well there’s probably a reason. You’re the leader, the owner, the person in charge. You have to keep poised, calm and in control. Even if you’re scared out of your mind. In this week's Friday 5, check out some great ways to stay sane and keep your team feeling ok.

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What Part-Time & Gig Employees Need to Focus on Now

By Mike Anthony on Apr 21, 2020 8:27:13 AM

As the details about federal and state/local stimulus packages are emerging, everyone has questions. And if you are a company populated with part-time, 1099 and gig workers instrumental to your team, their situation is probably different than for your standard W2 people. Here are a few tips to keep your flex, part-time and contract workers engaged and connected.

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5 Tips for Engaging your Teams

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Apr 17, 2020 1:07:37 PM

Friday Five with Five Tips For Engaging Your Teams!
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How to Recruit in a Virtual and On-Hold Time

By Lisa First-Willis, CEO & Co-Founder on Apr 14, 2020 8:29:33 AM

Times are weird - they’re virtual and on hold. Most companies are either swamped or paused, with very little in-between.
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Good Habits to Navigate Turbulent Times

By Bob Barry on Apr 7, 2020 10:15:00 AM

Three weeks into isolation isn’t long enough to make working from home feel like second nature for most people. But three weeks is long enough to begin developing some new habits.

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Working from Home doesn't have to Feel Like a Crisis...

By Zack Sandusky on Mar 27, 2020 10:30:00 AM

A crisis may have caused you to work from home, but that doesn’t mean working from home has to feel like a crisis. I have worked from home since well before the coronavirus crisis and here are five suggestions that can help bring some normalcy to these abnormal times—especially if working from home is a new experience for you. You don’t have to wait for performance feedback keep your performance at a high level.

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How to Increase Influence as an HR Rock Star

By Gerry Sandusky on Jan 28, 2020 8:11:33 PM

You want a seat at the decision making table. The pathway to that seat and influence is showing ROI to leadership. ROI still very much stands for Return on Investment. But it also stands for Return on Interaction. Getting your managers and employees to interact more often leads to better results, better return on effort and investment, and better influence.

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Trigger is now Truvelop!

By The Truvelop Team on Jan 23, 2020 2:54:55 PM

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Truvelop Intern Journal Pt. 2

By Gavin Dinkel on Jan 23, 2020 2:50:58 PM

[Archived from 1/13/20]

Since my last update in September 2019, Truvelop and I have changed a lot.

Topics: Insider HR Tech HR
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The Future of HR Tech

By Gavin Dinkel on Jan 23, 2020 2:30:31 PM

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The History of HR Tech

By Gavin Dinkel on Jan 23, 2020 2:26:36 PM

[Archived from 11/24/19]

The Industrial Revolution brought millions of immigrants coming to the US looking for work. A wealth of vigorous citizens joined the work force and unemployment was dropping; with this came extreme working conditions, over worked and underpaid employees and child labor laws that didn’t exist or weren’t practiced.

Topics: History HR Tech HR
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Truvelop Intern Journal Pt. 1

By Gavin Dinkel on Jan 23, 2020 2:19:07 PM

[Archived from 10/11/19]

Hi, my name is Gavin Dinkel, and I am employee number two of our sales team at Truvelop.

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Production isn't the only thing you should measure

By Gerry Sandusky on Jan 23, 2020 2:13:27 PM

[Archived from 9/7/19]