[Event] Scaling a Startup: From Seed, to A, to B.

What are the pitfalls facing growing startups? Why is preparation for Seed funding so different from Series A? What are the key issues that Founders and the Executive Team need to address?   Join us as our expert panel discuss the whats and hows of growing a startup from Seed, through Series A to Series B.   We'll be getting insight from the points of view of CEOs, Heads of Talent, Legal Experts, Product and Technology, and answering questions around topics such as the legal challenges to fast growth, how…

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Are Pensions More Important Than You Think?

2017 UK Employee Benefits Survey: A Fresh Perspective on Pensions As the pensions landscape advances, business leaders are having to embrace changing requirements and carve out a competitive edge for prospective candidates. Our survey of more than 4,000 employees and 500 benefit decision makers reveals that there are serious gaps between what employers and employees think about pensions. See below for 3 of many questions we asked employees and 500 benefit decision makers about pensions.  The numbers will surprise you. A call to action for HR and business leaders There…

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4 benefits of a brilliant HR system

No monkey business! Consider your business bolstered. All technology is not created equal. If yours currently feels like a clunky filing system full of old employee records, messy spreadsheets and blah blah blah, it’s time to wake up and smell the software, because it should rock your world. "A data-driven HR platform that’s built for real people will transform your organisation" A data-driven HR platform that’s built for real people will totally transform your organisation and the benefits go beyond promoting efficiency. Your whole business will be strengthened, and here’s…

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The father trap: How nearly all businesses fail

This is a guest post from David Willans, one of the two speakers at 'What to Expect When They're Expecting' on 22nd June 2017.    A brief story Two years ago, at 10:30pm I was on my way back from London City airport after a big client meeting in Zurich. My cabby was John. He’s a proper East-Ender, late 40’s. Born and bred in the East End. He would have made pro for West Ham until an injury ruined it. We talked about our kids and what it means to…

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Two days of Pioneering

I was a Pioneer for two days. Last week I had the honour of being invited to speak at Pioneers 2017 - a tech conference held this year at Vienna's Hofburg Palace. The event hosted 2,500 tech innovators from over 100 nations, including 500 selected startups and over 80 speakers. Previous Experience To be honest, I’m always in two minds about these kind of events. A few years ago I finally got the opportunity to book into one of the big ones in the US (naming no names). My brief…

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bob announced as Interbrand ‘one-to-watch’

We're excited to announce that bob has been announced by the uber-agency Interbrand as one of the 'ones-to-watch' in the Working Future category of their Breakthrough Brands 2017.   In fast company Breakthrough Brands is such a high profile award that it's covered by leading publication Fast Company, amongst others.   "One standout point is the Clubs feature, which encourages employees to create groups and promote their own interests".   In good company We are honoured to be listed alongside brands like Slack (who we integrate with) and General Assembly. Both of…

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9 Employee Engagement Hacks To Implement Today

Engaged employees - those who feel like a real part of their company - stay with an employer for longer, and are more productive. The company then saves time and money, as there’s less of a need to recruit and train new staff.   This concept isn’t new, but how do you do it? Employee engagement is about a combination of big shifts and small changes. Here’s 9 things that you can do right now to make it happen:   1. Allow employees to influence their own work. A suggestion…

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New stuff: bob mobile

Okay, so it's not new-new, but it may be new-to-you and that's good enough. Have you tried logging into bob on your mobile phone - because you can! We have a special mobile version that's you access in the same way as desktop bob. When you log in, you get a view of bob that means you don't have to pinch and scroll all over the place. Pictures and text are the right size, and you can read what's there. What can I do in bob mobile? When you log…

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New in bob: custom clubs, dual approver & better reports

custom clubs Everyone loves Clubs (it's okay - we do too), so we're making them even better. Now you can add data of your choice to the Clubs view. When you log in to bob, you'll see a 'custom' option on the bottom left of your Clubs view. Click that link and choose which of the other data points you'd like to show. You might be surprised by some of the results! Try it now Set dual approvers for Time Off We had a client request for this one. Quite…

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bob makes the RealBusiness Future 50

"Entrepreneurs not afraid to change the way we look at things and build incredibly disruptive UK companies" We just got the news that bob has made the RealBusiness Future 50 - The list of the most disruptive companies of the year for 2017. About Future 50 RealBusiness describes the Future 50 like this: "Each year, our Future 50 ranking gives the young players a chance to shine. Its class of disruptive UK businesses is now 300-strong and includes startup ventures that have gone on to become household names". In great…

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New Stuff: bob and Slack

We love Slack at bob. We really really really love Slack. Working between offices in London and Tel-Aviv, plus having team-members out on the road with clients, means that Slack is one of our essential communication tools to help the bob team stay in touch with each other. What's Slack? If you don't know what Slack is, it's an easy to use messaging platform for teams and groups to communicate. There's a desktop version and a mobile app (we use both). You can start with the free version and stay…

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Women at bob

It's International Women's Day, so it's time to formally introduce the women of bob. We're very proud of our commitment to our female staff members who work across all of our departments, and in both our Tel Aviv & London offices. Gender split - aiming for equal bob currently has a 40% female workforce, with our ideal being 50/50 men and women. Below you can see our gender split across the company, using the bob Clubs view. When our product designers started looking at how to visually display employee information within…

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New stuff: Customise On-Boarding, Task Templates, & Holidays in Calendars

Customised On-Boarding First impressions matter, so when a new employee joins your company (or you invite an older one to use bob), why not customise your welcome flow with your own video, need-to-know people, and more. It's easy to do and makes a big difference. Log in to bob, go to Settings and choose Welcome Wizard, here you can edit the information employees will see when they first onboard (i.e when you invite them to bob) Duplicate & Edit Task Templates We're all about making your life easier, and Task…

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New Stuff: Amazing Insights & On/Off Features

Insights At any time, you can log into bob and run or schedule a report that tells you what’s happening with your people right now - whether that’s total head count, departmental salary bills, or how many new starters you have this month.   However, that’s a snapshot in time. What if you want to see trends over specific time periods? Well, that’s where Insights comes in.   bob Insights gives you a super slick way to dig into your people data and see how things have changed over the…

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Feature release: Time Log

Time management is an admin headache. Now you can ditch the paper time sheets with Time Log. Time Log is there to help you manage your employees' working hours and time worked on projects in bob. It’s super-simple and is designed to be used on the go. So no more estimated time sheets at the end of the month. Making it easier to manage your people’s time Collect real-time info on when people are ‘at work’ Have time allocated to projects, as they go Easily see average check-in and check-out times…

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