New HR Tech from Blink, Andela

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Blink, the leading employee engagement super-app, today announced the next generation of its platform.  The latest release introduces AI-driven advanced employee intelligence to reshape how organizations understand and enhance employee engagement, retention, productivity, and overall workplace satisfaction for both deskless and desk-based employees.  This new level of insight and analysis triggers real-time nudges and mobile alerts across all levels of the business to aid in decision-making and prompt action.

Key Features and Benefits 

  • Gather the team – Activation analytics which track employee engagement from day one, help achieve a 95% employee activation rate. Leaderboards pushed to managers to encourage healthy competition and discussion.
  • Optimize operations – Usage analytics provide insights into the use and performance of internal apps, shift booking rates, form completion and critical updates. This improves operational efficiency and user experience across the organization.
  • Captivate with comms – Communications analytics monitor how employees interact with internal comms, helping to identify preferences and needs and create more effective internal comms campaigns.
  • Building bonds to shape culture – Engagement analytics track the use of chat and channels, helping to curate effective channel sizes, increase awareness and suggest suitable channels to employees. This fosters engagement and communication across the business.
  • Listen to and understand employees – Survey analytics developed with HR experts offer detailed insights from employee surveys.  AI-powered sentiment analysis provides a clear picture of employee sentiment and areas of improvement. This feature also helps to improve participation through real-time participation alerts.
  • Understand turnover risks – By integrating with HR systems like Workday,  Blink tracks highly segmented employee turnover data to identify problem areas. Correlating turnover with other engagement metrics provides a full picture of where, how, and when to act on turnover risks.
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Blink’s advanced analytics leverages extensive data from the platform to provide a detailed view of engagement and adoption across an organization. The analytics dashboard allows HR leaders to examine specific metrics and trends, and to clearly understand employee behavior and communication patterns. These insights enable organizations to make informed decisions to improve employee experience and performance.


Andela® Inc., the world’s largest private marketplace for technical talent, today announced the latest evolution of its AI-driven end-to-end platform, Andela Talent Cloud (ATC), that matches global technologists with companies seeking skilled talent. The platform now features the ability to play back candidates’ technical coding tests, to improve hiring decisions by giving customers insights into the technologists’ coding strategies and problem-solving approaches in real-time. This release leverages technology from Andela’s 2023 acquisition of technical skills assessment platform, Qualified®.

With the code playback feature, Andela is providing organizations with enhanced tooling to assess candidates’ skills and select top talent but also, as part of the overall evaluation process, to visualize how they apply their knowledge to solve coding challenges. With organizations facing a severe shortage of key talent and 90% of organizations saying they will have a meaningful skills gap in the coming years, then hiring for potential (rather than fit or experience) is crucial, according to McKinsey.

“Andela has some of the brightest tech talent from around the world. With the new code playback feature, talent have the unique opportunity to showcase their skills,” said Jake Hoffner, co-founder of Qualified, who now serves as Senior Director of Product Management at Andela. “Technologists can already set themselves apart by displaying their certifications and badges that highlight their skills proficiency on their Andela Talent Cloud profiles. Now, with the added benefit of the new code playback feature, technical hiring managers can see talent’s critical thinking process and unique approaches to problem-solving first-hand, gaining predictive insight into how talent will perform on the job and eliminating the extra step of coding interviews to gain these insights.”

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One of the distinctive features of Andela Talent Cloud and the added code playback is that the coding tests within the platform are written the same way code production tests are, thus utilizing a recommended benchmark for coding strategy. The feature also incorporates deep proctoring abilities that call out key events, such as a user exiting and returning to the window and external copying and pasting to ensure an honest and transparent process.

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