Given its rapid growth, Hippo soon realized a need for human resources (HR) support in the areas of recruitment, employment contracts, documentation, performance reviews, benefits, payroll, and tracking vacation time. However, given the company’s small, lean and agile composition, having an in-house HR department did not seem warranted. Hippo was looking for an alternative cost-effective HR solution that would provide the ability to access, track and communicate employee information on payroll, hiring, benefits, and time-off.
After considerable research, Hippo CMMS chose Humi as a vehicle to meet its HR needs. Humi offers a solution to HR management by utilizing a cloud-based platform; exactly what Hippo was searching for. Humi is well-suited to managers and employees of small and medium-sized companies by offering 24/7 real-time access to employee information. Hippo finds Humi to be an excellent HR option because it replicates many of the duties carried out by an in-house HR staffer.
When discussing why Humi was so appealing to the company, Daniel Golub, Hippo's GM stated: “Hippo CMMS is a small company that thinks lean. The people here wear a lot of different hats and with that mindset, we didn’t see the need for an HR manager. We definitely felt some growing pains with expanding our departments so we decided to move forward with Humi. Being a strong believer in leveraging great software to gain efficiencies, Humi was the right choice to reduce redundancies and improve communication among employees when it came to HR at Hippo.“
About our guest writer: Reena Sommer originally hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently resides in the Houston, Texas area. In 1994, she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Ph.D. in Psychology, Sociology and Family Studies. Over the years, she's had diverse careers as a researcher in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, a mental health consultant to First Nations communities and as a self employed trial consultant. Now retired, Dr. Sommer spends her time traveling, visiting her Winnipeg family and providing content writing for Hippo CMMS.
Simon is one of two CEOs at Humi. He spent years working at an investment bank throughout the last financial crisis before shifting to tech in 2012; a founder at OneLocal before co-founding Humi in 2016. Through both businesses, he has focused on everything from sales to finance, and spends his time trying to navigate changes and challenges like COVID-19 at Humi.
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