December 20, 2019

Empuls Product Release : December 2019

The December product release brings numerous updates to Empuls web andEmpuls mobile. Empuls web gets the DIY workflows, budget automation and ready-to-use survey templates that drastically reduce repetitive HR admin tasks. Empuls mobile app now has the much anticipated universal search, jury awards, and value hashtags.  Let us have a closer look at what these are:

Empuls Web Release


Empuls gets better usability and functionality with this release - with a number of feature releases and UX improvements.

1. Instant Greetings


All kinds of event greetings and related rewards can now be automated through Empuls - whether these need to be sent ad-hoc or scheduled for a later date. The ‘Instant greetings’ feature can cater to both non-schedulable events such as parenthood, marriage, office functions and schedulable events such as festivals, birthdays and work anniversaries. The admin gets to set-up the greetings frequency, template, and message.





2. Empuls DIY


Empuls now embraces being DIY with intuitive email cadences. In addition to step-by-step emails during the sign-up process, Empuls sends you a series of emails during the trial period that walk you through the product feature-by-feature. These mails take new users through creating groups, giving awards, budgeting, surveys and give away very important tips in using the platform effectively.




3. Ready-to-use survey templates


Empuls now comes with pre-built survey templates that can be used readily  - thus reducing your troubles of creating surveys from scratch. These survey templates come with pre-configured questions that can be further customized as per your specific requirements. Employee onboarding feedback, training feedback and employee exit surveys can be readily executed through Empuls. 



4. Budget Automation 


HRs find it really cumbersome to distribute points across business units, departments and teams - at the start of every budgeting period. Aiming to solve this struggle, we have incorporated an automation module that helps simplify budget distribution at scale. It helps you configure your budgeting guidelines - such as the budget frequency, amounts and budget owners and automate it.



5. Download User data in User Account Management  



The super admin can now filter and download the uploaded user data to verify or document it. It was previously a difficult process to verify the accuracy of the data that reflected in the system. A save button next to the data table allows you to download it as an excel file.


6. Description of a Value Badge 


Value badges will now contain a brief description about the value to help the user choose the appropriate badge. Until this release, it was difficult to figure what the value badges stood for. Typing # in the message box lists all the value badges that are available in the company.


7. UX improvements in survey creation


Seamlessly create and execute surveys with improved usability. It is important to have at least one mandatory question in a survey to make it valid. Empuls notifies the user to include a mandatory question - with this release,  this step is now made more intuitive.


8. FYI Emails feature Improvements 


Let the Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 managers know the awards bagged by their team members, by marking them for automatic FYI emails during the award setup process. The system shall automatically identify the respective managers and send emails to notify them about the event.


9. UX improvements in the dropdown design 


The autosuggest popup while tagging names is now aligned to the top or bottom of the message box based on the position of the message box on the screen. This was done to avoid the suggestion list getting cut-off to the next page - not allowing you to see the entire list at one glance.



10. User demography available in the survey report 


Both anonymous and non-anonymous survey reports now show user demographic data such as department, location, designation, grade, and cost center - so that you get further insights into the feedback provided by your workforce.

11. Choose the default favicon in company settings


The company favicon can be changed to a logo of your choice and the default user profile picture style can be chosen as per your preferences. This helps you configure the platform to match your company themes.


12. Budget Summary 


Quickly access the snapshot of your budgets, The summary of the remaining budget points, rewarded points this month and rewarded points this quarter is now shown in the  budget dashboard.



13. Celebration notifications based on the timezone 


Until this release, the celebration notifications were triggered at GMT + 0 hrs. Now the notifications are triggered based on your system time. Essentially, going forth, you will receive the celebration notifications as per your exact timezone, right at the turn of the date.


Empuls Mobile Release

1. Redirect on a particular shared feed


When an Empuls feed is shared, the link now redirects you to the exact post and the groups - allowing you to comment and reshared


2. Create new groups


The group admin can now invite new users to the group that he/she has created through the mobile app. Groups are essential for organising around work discussions and forming communities. Ability to invite users over mobile helps admins quickly start these discussions.


3. New designs for greetings feeds


Greetings feed will now be highlighted with a unique design and layout making it stand out amongst the rest of the posts. If more than one person has a special event, the feeds  are displayed as a carousel - making viewing on the mobile screen much easier.


4. Universal Search


Users can now search for users, groups, messages, comments and file attachments over the Empuls mobile app. The system auto-suggests user and group results that are closest to the search, to help users quickly find results.




5. Image aspect ratio in comments


Images uploaded in the comment will now be displayed as per aspect ratio, as opposed to earlier when the image appeared incomplete.


6. Hashtag in Messages 


The Empuls mobile app now auto-suggests organizational values on typing '#' in the messages or comments. Earlier, these valubadges has to be typed in. Selecting one of the values awards the recipient an organisational value badge.



7. Redirection from notification to feed


Clicking on the push notifications that the user receives if is tagged, will now redirect the user to the respective feed within the respective group, as opposed to earlier when this redirection showed only the post content. The user can comment and engage now after the redirection.



8. Admins can delete the feed


Admins are now given the option to delete a feed that they find inappropriate or incorrect, over the mobile app.


9. Jury award


Admins can now execute jury awards over the mobile app. The Jury awards feature helps organizations set up awards workflows that require approval by a jury (a panel) of users to collectively decide on who receives an award.


10. Notifications list and read status



The users will now be able to view the notifications as an interactive list and if clicked will make the notification unread. Multiple notifications can be selected together to be marked read or not-read.


Rani Joseph

Senior Manager - Marketing at Xoxoday. Apart from writing blogs and articles, she loves researching and reading.