RedCarpet™ on a Roll in SilkRoad Life Suite™

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Onboarding solution upgrades solidify SilkRoad's talent management leadership.

RedCarpet enables a single HR practitioner to manage onboarding for multiple new hires with a few clicks of the mouse, and from anywhere in the world

Winston-Salem, NC (PRWEB) May 25, 2006 -- SilkRoad technology, inc. today announced several enhancements to RedCarpet™, the employee onboarding component of its award-winning Life Suite™ of web-based talent management solutions. The upgrades include extensive "e-Forms" paperless data gathering and other content management tools.

RedCarpet facilitates and streamlines every step of the process of a new employee's personal acclimation to a new company, while simultaneously organizing and tracking the myriad administrative functions that accompany every new hire. RedCarpet had been in the marketplace since 2005, and counts among its clients Eaton Corporation, the Fortune 500 diversified industrial manufacturer.

From the employee's perspective, RedCarpet's content-rich welcome website provides a virtual orientation featuring an up to date welcome message, a wide range of useful information including schedules and contact information, and a simple, user-friendly online interface for the completion and submission of all necessary paperwork, including employee benefits registration and easy access to all supporting materials for that important process.

RedCarpet provides an extremely content-rich onboarding environment, with great attention given to the ongoing new hire experience. This is in contrast to other systems that work primarily as digitized paperwork delivery systems and focus mostly on the company's needs, rather than the employee experience.

"Your company never gets a second chance to make a first impression on a new hire, so RedCarpet is designed to make new talent feel welcome, wanted and valued," said Brian Platz, General Manager, SilkRoad technology. "Effective onboarding has been proven to make a positive bottom line difference across a wide range of industries, and at all levels of a company, from the factory floor to the executive suite."

In head to head comparisons, RedCarpet's interactive content-driven onboarding solution far outperforms the more common one-way transactional approach. SilkRoad technology's proprietary research has shown that employees who feel valued during the onboarding process get acclimated more quickly and become more productive and ultimately longer-tenured than employees who experience typical organizational bureaucracy.

From the employer's perspective, RedCarpet is highly customizable to reflect the intricacies of any company's new hire orientation, acclimation and administration processes. The person responsible for each new hire (usually an HR administrator, recruiter, or hiring manager) enjoys convenient web-based access to a dashboard that monitors every step in the new hire process, for an unlimited number of new hires.

RedCarpet automatically coordinates all new hire logistics, creating cascading tasks and specific assignments of responsibility for each step in the new employee hire process. For example, payroll data must be determined before direct deposit can be initiated, a specific work station, telephone number and e-mail address must be assigned before business cards can be printed, and security clearance must be granted before an ID badge can be programmed.

"RedCarpet enables a single HR practitioner to manage onboarding for multiple new hires with a few clicks of the mouse, and from anywhere in the world," said Platz. "Setting RedCarpet's vastly superior employee experience aside for a moment, when you consider that we deliver the onboarding space's best package of features and benefits along with nearly immediate positive ROI, it's no wonder that some of the world's best companies are rolling out RedCarpet for their employees."

In addition to the advanced administrative functions, RedCarpet provides an automated and customizable communication tool that enables a company's leadership to connect with new team members to provide a warm welcome, and to strengthen that connection with follow-up messages at certain milestones in the employee's tenure, such as after a certain amount of time, or after achieving a certain level of accomplishment (sales levels or other statistics) within the company.

RedCarpet's seamless integration with the other elements of the SilkRoad Life Suite demonstrates the importance of talent management solutions that span the entire employee lifecycle, from applicant tracking, to recruiting, employee onboarding, performance management, and compensation management.

Switching to RedCarpet from traditional orientation and administration triggers increases in average employee tenure, job satisfaction, loyalty and productivity, and a decrease in employee turn-over, all of which translate to an improved talent pool and favorable bottom line results.

About SilkRoad technology, inc.
SilkRoad technology, inc. provides software as a service solutions that significantly improve the employee talent within its more than 500 customers across the globe. Through SilkRoad's Life Suite™, an integrated talent management solutions suite, companies are able to hire better employees, identify high and low performers, drive a pay-for-performance culture, and improve employee tenure. In addition to RedCarpet, the components of the SilkRoad LifeSuite™ solution set include OpenHire™ for applicant tracking, WingSpan™ for flexible employee performance management, GreenLight™ for compensation management, and Eprise™ for employee intranets and content management.

SilkRoad technology is headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC with offices in Bedford, MA; Chicago, IL; West Long Branch, NJ; and Hamburg, Germany. More information is available on the Web at http://www.silkroadtech.com or by phone: U.S. toll free at 866-329-3363 or internationally at +1-336-201-5100.

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