Customers at the Heart: Cornerstone Wins 4 Gold BHG Excellence in Tech Awards

Ajay Awatramani

Chief Product Officer, Cornerstone

At Cornerstone, we’re on a mission to help organizations and their people rise to become extraordinary. And we don’t take this mission lightly.

As a SaaS company, one of the primary ways we realize this mission is by delivering tools and strategies that can help people grow and succeed. Our lens is not just focused on addressing a business challenge or need but also on providing a great experience for our customers and the millions of users who interface with our solutions every day.

It’s why on behalf of the Cornerstone team, I’m pleased to share that Cornerstone has won Gold in four categories of the Brandon Hall Group (BHG) 2020 Excellence in Tech awards!

  • Best Advance in Technology Innovation for the Remote Workforce: Remote Work Essentials and Cornerstone Content Anytime
  • Best Advance in Talent Acquisition Technology: TalentLink
  • Best Advance in Performance Management Technology: Cornerstone Performance
  • Best Advance in Talent Management Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses: Cornerstone Recruiting, Learning, and Performance

As BHG explained in its announcement, "Winners of Excellence in Technology Awards are critical drivers of their organizations’ success, especially in these disruptive times. Their solutions resulted in substantial benefit to their business and the human capital management function. That is the ultimate differentiator: the positive business impact of technology these awards recognize."

You can learn a lot from others' experiences, especially when the experiences are those of your peers. With this thought in mind, here are a few customer success stories that demonstrate how the above award-winning solutions are taking their organizations to the next level.

The County of San Mateo helps employees adapt and transition to remote work with Cornerstone Content Anytime

BHG Award: Best Advance in Technology Innovation for the Remote Workforce

To help our customers shift to remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cornerstone launched Remote Work Essentials, a Cornerstone Content Anytime (CCA) subscription. This curated subscription helps organizations adapt and transition to a virtual working environment. It provides modern learning content on all of the skills needed to stay productive, connected, and mentally fit while working remotely.

Take the County of San Mateo, California, as an example. CCA became a solution to help thousands of County employees adapt and transition to a new virtual working environment. Gabe Aponte, the L&D program manager at the County shares, "We’re so glad the timing [of our CCA launch] worked out because a lot of employees had to upskill at the start of shelter in place...we were getting a lot of questions, and we would send employees deep links to recommended courses, and they were taking them."

Read more about the County’s story and how CCA courses became an integral part of how they support employees in the time of COVID-19, providing their people new tools and methodologies to effectively continue to perform their jobs and provide critical services to County residents.

Fagron enhances the candidate and recruiter experience with TalentLink

BHG Award: Best Advance in Talent Acquisition Technology

One of the most effective ways to find and onboard better global talent faster is to build strong relationships between your organization and your candidates.

TalentLink helps organizations like Fagron, a global pharmaceutical multiple brand organization with over 2,000 employees worldwide, identify great candidates, engage them across multiple channels, and build deeper candidate connections at every touchpoint.

Auralie Blauwbloeme, global HR project manager at Fagron, put it best when she said this about TalentLink, "Our reporting not only shows us what’s going on at a hiring level but our costs and savings by not having to outsource recruitment."

Learn more about how Fagron transformed its recruitment experience and improved hiring cost savings with TalentLink.

RMS shifts toward agile performance management with Cornerstone Performance

BHG Award: Best Advance in Performance Management Technology

How do you empower your employees to do their best work? At RSM US LLP (RSM), the leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to the middle market, good work starts with putting employees first—embracing all of the passions and talents that make them who they are.

Chief talent officer for RSM Katie Lamkin and her team phased out annual performance reviews at the organization in favor of more regular performance conversations using Cornerstone’s Performance Suite. The RSM talent management team also worked with business leaders to develop a new career development framework to identify the knowledge, skills and attributes that describe success at various levels of the company.

This framework became the backbone of ongoing performance discussions at RSM. Managers are encouraged to share feedback with employees regularly through the Cornerstone Performance Suite—an effort known as "Project Feedback" internally—and research shows employees feel more engaged when they have regular feedback conversations with their manager.

"We know—whether it’s with our clients or our teams—the power in a relationship comes from being understood," said Lamkin. "When you feel truly understood, you feel supported and confident in achieving both your personal and professional goals."

Read the full case study for more on how RSM has shifted toward agile performance management, improving the way everyone works.

How Assurance provides individualized coaching and development experiences for its people

BHG Award: Best Advance in Talent Management Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

It can be challenging for small and medium businesses (SMB) to find the right learning and talent solutions to advance their talent game. They need the flexibility to support their people as they grow while also boosting individual employee engagement.

The story of how insurance provider Assurance used Cornerstone’s end-to-end talent management solution for SMB to coordinate and execute a comprehensive people strategy is best when they tell it.

"For us, Cornerstone was an investment which allowed us to provide every person at Assurance an experience that’s as unique as them," said Michele McDermott, senior vice president of human resources at Assurance. "As we expand our business and add new members to our team, we know that Cornerstone can grow with us and help us maintain and continue to refine this amazing employee culture we’ve built."

With their new unified approach to performance and learning, Assurance streamlined compliance reporting, created a centralized place for all learning content, and improved the feedback process.

Now, managers say they feel more empowered to have honest conversations, and employees look forward to receiving feedback to improve their day-to-day performance. Furthermore, the HR team and leaders are using performance review data to close skill gaps and to set the stage for succession planning.

Our clients’ success was foundational for our success at the BHG Tech Awards

"It’s clear Cornerstone has increasingly demonstrated its position as an innovator that supports the entire employee lifecycle from talent acquisition to learning management and career development, in addition to its longstanding position as a leader in learning," says Michael Rochelle, chief strategy officer at the Brandon Hall Group.

Our team at Cornerstone takes great pride in this distinction. It’s an honor to help our customers bring their talent strategies to life. An unbreaking conviction drives us to ensure our clients successfully guide their people through their careers and advance their skill sets.

Wherever you are on your talent journey, if you’re looking to explore how to take the right next step, talk to us. We’re here to help.

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Första kvartalet 2022 var riktigt framgångsrikt för Cornerstone. Du kanske har läst vår bloggpost om allt vi genomförde då. Nu kan vi berätta att andra kvartalet till och med överträffat de höga förväntningar vi hade i slutet av Q1. Det senaste kvartalet 2022 har allt handlat om tillväxt. Vi ökade antalet medarbetare, vår funktionalitet, vår expertis och vi höjde våra ambitioner. Här är bara några exempel på vad vi gjort under Q2: Avslöjade nya spännande branschtrender. Utökade våra team och deras kompetens. Säkrade spännande kontrakt med och för våra kunder. Fick genomgående positiva erkännanden från globala branschexperter. Allt detta bidrog till att stärka vår position som en ledare inom lärande, kompetensutveckling, innehåll och AI-drivna upplevelser för medarbetare. Och det finns ännu mer att berätta om Q2. Nya spännande trender inom lärande och utveckling Vi inledde kvartalet starkt med att publicera vår andra globala forskningsstudie, Thriving in the Global Skills Shortage: Your Path Through the Wilderness. Rapporten satte fokus på organisationstrender i relation till kompetensutveckling. Framförallt undersökte vi den ökande klyftan mellan arbetsgivares och medarbetares förtroende för organisationens förmåga att leverera relevant kompetensutveckling. Vi lever dessutom i en tid då det råder allt större oro kring bristerna på kompetens och talang, vilket gör undersökningen extra intressant. De tre viktigaste resultaten från vår forskning var: Arbetsgivare och medarbetare är inte helt överens om hur kompetens ska prioriteras. Medarbetare är inte övertygade om att deras organisationer prioriterar framtidens kompetenser. Skillnaderna i förtroende mellan grupperna minskar eller ökar beroende på hur stark organisationen är ur ett affärsperspektiv. Cornerstones CEO Himanshu Palsule summerade det bäst. Han beskrev forskningsresultatet som ett bevis på “att organisationer och dess medarbetare ser kompetensutveckling som en allt viktigare faktor för att skapa en framgångsrik gemensam framtid.” Fortsatt fokus på expansion Under andra kvartalet förvärvade vi ett företag och bestämde oss för att förvärva ytterligare ett. Vi accelererade alltså verkligen vår tillväxtagenda. I och med genomförandet av förvärvet av EdCast visade vi tydligt vår intention att revolutionera hela landskapet kring lärande och kompetensutveckling. Våra båda team är enade och vi har gemensamma mycket ambitiösa mål för att lösa de viktigaste behoven vi ser idag, både hos talanger och företag. Vi ser verkligen fram emot att förverkliga våra visioner. Cornerstone och EdCast-teamen drog genast igång arbetet och presenterade en spännande Zoomintegration som bäddar in lärande och utbildningsverktyg och driver på produktivitet och fortbildning. Så vad kommer efter genomförandet av ett förvärv? Jo, att planera för nästa förstås. Efter att ha genomfört förvärvet av EdCast berättade vi om våra planer att förvärva SumTotal. Det är för tidigt att prata om detaljer, men det här partnerskapet kommer att ge avsevärda förbättringar för våra kunder när det gäller att identifiera och utveckla framtidskompetenser, engagera och utveckla medarbetare och skapa agila organisationer. EdCast och SumTotal var inte de enda nykomlingarna hos Cornerstone. Vi välkomnade dessutom två framgångsrika ledare till vår ledningsgrupp: Ryan Courson utnämndes till Cornerstones chief financial officer. Rolig fakta om Ryan! Han var tidigare en av de yngsta CFO:erna för ett listat företag, Seaspan Corporation. Carina Cortez kom också till Cornerstone under kvartalet, till rollen som chief people officer. Hon var tidigare CPO på Glassdoor och för med sig en unik insikt i vikten av utveckling och en stark företagskultur. Kundframgångar i hela världen Q2 var inget undantag när det gällde att hjälpa våra kunder vara framgångsrika. Våra insatser avspeglas i deras utökade partnererbjudanden, expanderande relationer och nya kunder. Nedan är bara några av våra kunder som upplevde framgångar med hjälp av Cornerstone under kvartalet: Smith and Nephew CDN UNHCR META O’Neal Allegis Group AmeriHealth Caritas Viking Group Inc. Americold Logistics Indiana Packers Corporation The National Bank of Indianapolis Ziggy’s Home Improvement Vital Farms Vensure Employer Services Nya kunder som upplever framgång tillsammans med Cornerstone: Grammar AG ASML Chewy Texas Commission TOI Management Många fler kunder fick dessutom utmärkelser för sina framgångar. Vi vill särskilt nämna Suntory Holdings, Cardinal Health, DPDHL, och Estee Lauder Companies för stora framgångar i 2022 Chief Learning Officer Learning Elite Awards. De uppmärksammades för sina framstående resultat inom fem områden: lärande och utvecklingsstrategi, ledarskap, genomförande av lärande, resultat av lärande och affärsresultat. Vi är bara glad att vi får vara med på deras resa. Det var inte bara våra kunder som vann under Q2 Att det går bra för våra kunder är en vinst för oss. Men vi är också tacksamma för uppskattning från branschen och det fick vi verkligen, både från branschexperter och i olika rapporter: Utmärkelse som en Strategic Challenger i rapporten Fosway 9-Grid™ for Talent Acquisition Med i HRO Today's L&D Baker's Dozen Utnämnd till ledare inom Worldwide Modern Talent Acquisition Within Talent Management och Worldwide Modern Talent Acquisition i IDC MarketScape Vinnare av 2022 Craig Weiss Top-Ten Learning Systems eLearning Industry’s Top Extended Enterprise Learning Management Systems List Utnämnd till ledare av HerbertNathan & Co. i den första Skandinaviska LMS-Rapporten Vi tog även emot ett antal utmärkelser för våra produkter, för hur vi står oss i branschen och för vårt originalproducerade innehåll. Några av de viktigaste är: Vinnare av TrustRadius Top Rated Awards for Talent Management Med i Women Impact Tech 100 Vinnare i Top 100 HR Tech Influencers Finalist i Inspiring Workplaces Enterprise HR Tech Awards-vinnare för Best Advance in Practical AI in Talent Development Vinnare av sex priser i Telly Awards för Cornerstone Originals för innehåll i kategorierna mångfald, jämlikhet och inkludering, arbetsplatskultur, hållbarhet och företagsutbildning Q3 och framtiden Vår avsikt att förvärva SumTotal är ett tydligt bevis på att vi kommer att få ännu fler möjligheter att hjälpa större och mer varierade kundgrupper under tredje kvartalet. Håll utkik efter mer information om det under andra halvåret 2022. Under tiden fortsätter vi investera i våra produkter, utveckla tvärfunktionella lösningar och öka kundengagemanget. Målsättningen är som alltid att lyfta medarbetares upplevelser, lärande och verksamheters initiativ inom talang till nästa nivå. Vi tar inte dessa framgångar för givet och vi är stolta över att ha en tydlig väg framåt. Vi är helt fokuserade på att förändra hela branschen för lärande, kompetensutveckling, innehåll, medarbetares upplevelse och mycket mer. Håll utkik det kommande kvartalet för de senaste nyheterna från Cornerstone!

Cornerstone Partners With Microsoft to Bring Learning into the Flow of Work


Cornerstone Partners With Microsoft to Bring Learning into the Flow of Work

Making time for learning during a busy workday is challenging. According to a recent survey, a majority of employees reported thattime is the biggest barrier to their development. But over the course of the pandemic, and even in the years before, we’ve seen how quickly business needs—and therefore, the needs for employee skills—change. Learning is more important than ever and needs to be delivered in new ways that drive accessibility and information retention. To help companies remain truly adaptable and nimble, they need to integrate learning into the flow of work. It’s why Cornerstone and Microsoft are partnering to make learning in the flow of work possible and support employees’ growing learning needs. Both of Cornerstone’s LMS platforms (Cornerstone Learning and Saba Cloud) will be integrated into Microsoft Viva—Microsoft’s new Employee Experience Platform (EXP)—to make it easy for employees to discover, share and engage with learning content without having to switch back and forth between solutions. "Cornerstone is bringing great value to organizations by integrating its solutions within Microsoft Teams, right where employees are working every day," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, COO, Experiences + Devices at Microsoft Corp. "The new Microsoft Viva empowers employees to make learning and development a natural and intuitive part of their daily work." How Cornerstone Powers Learning in the Flow of Work on the Microsoft Employee Experience Platform Powered by Microsoft 365 and experienced through Teams, Microsoft Viva seamlessly helps your organization build human connection, foster growth and wellbeing, and drive peak business performance. And now that experience encompasses learning, including the integration with Cornerstone. Incorporating learning opportunities from Cornerstone’s LMS offerings into Microsoft Viva Learning makes it easy not only to access learning, but also integrate it into the flow of work. Employees using Teams can seek out, share and/or assign learning content based on their current needs. For example, if an employee is struggling with their workload, a manager could engage in a real-time 1:1 conversation and based on that discussion, serve up training on time management or organization skills. This way, in addition to providing real-time coaching and feedback, the manager is also able to give their employee development resources in a timely and relevant manner. In another instance, an employee that’s familiar with HTML but hasn’t used the skill for a while might find a quick refresher course—rather than spending time and energy re-learning through trial-and-error. For more on the power of this partnership, watch this video announcing Microsoft Viva Learning Removing Barriers to Learning Cornerstone and Microsoft’s collaboration will help remove barriers to learning and empower organizations and their employees to grow and adapt for the future. Our learning solutions contain training to meet employee needs across on-demand learning, compliance and career development. Through this partnership and through Microsoft, employees will soon have the ability to access learning where they are, when they need it, to power stronger individual and company performance. As a leader and pioneer in learning, we’ve accumulated the largest pool of learning data and insights in the world over the course of our 20 years in business. We are thrilled to share that experience, expertise and passion with Teams and its users. Read the full announcement to learn more about Cornerstone’s partnership with Microsoft.

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