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Launchways Partners With Rippling to Help Clients Streamline their HR and IT Functions

This month, Launchways formally announced our partnership with Rippling, the software company unifying employee systems such as payroll, benefits, devices, and 3rd party apps. Launchways formed this partnership to give our clients unique access to Rippling’s industry-leading solutions and provide a centralized software layer to our already robust service offerings, improving the overall user experience for our clients.

As a leading provider of strategic HR and Employee Benefits solutions, Launchways is always looking for the newest solutions that will empower our clients’ sustainable growth. Launchways CEO, Jim Taylor, said, “The partnership with Rippling is a natural step for us, as their scalable, centralized, and customizable model dovetails perfectly with the Launchways philosophy of taking a boutique approach to developing HR and Benefits solutions.”

It’s important to note what makes Rippling unique among modern all-in-one HR platforms and what we hope to accomplish through our partnership. Let’s take a look at the details of how Rippling will empower our clients, including:

  • Rippling’s hybrid approach to HR and IT
  • Full-lifecycle employee management through Rippling
  • Rippling’s versatility and scalability
  • The mission of the Rippling + Launchways partnership

The Rippling Effect: A Unique Approach to HR Technology

Human Resources Meets Information Technology

Rippling is the first software platform to enable companies to handle their HR and IT in a single system. Management of payroll, benefits, physical devices, and software applications like Gsuite, Salesforce, and Slack is all just a click away in a centralized and streamlined interface. This creates one system of record across departments and functions, avoiding duplicated effort and inconsistent data storage.

Growing businesses often operate with a lean team and need to run as quickly and efficiently as possible. A centralized system like Rippling connects all employee data into a single system of record, enabling business leaders to automate time-consuming HR tasks. This centralization and automation allows teams to run faster and work more efficiently.

While there are other competitive systems with dedicated HR solutions and IT solutions, Rippling is the only software solution to manage both of these functions in a single platform. Rippling’s Payroll, Benefits Administration, and FSA/HSA/Commuter Debit Card tools operate seamlessly within the same platform as its Access Management and Computers & Security tools for IT. HR professionals can manage their people, their devices, and their accounts all within the same easy-to-use platform.

Employee Lifecycle Management

Rippling is dedicated to providing full-service solutions throughout the entirety of the employee lifecycle. From onboarding and offboarding to payroll, PTO, and benefits, Rippling streamlines every process through centralization and automation of data, resulting in the elimination of all of the unnecessary paperwork and manual entry that makes these processes so arduous. 

The platform enables employers to onboard new employees in just 90 seconds, including adding them to payroll and benefits, ordering necessary hardware, creating user accounts in any of 500+ applications, installing the employee’s software and security, and assigning onboarding tasks. What’s more, companies can configure “smart rules” based on  employee attributes. For example, if you hire a sales rep in California, their employee attributes (their computer, the apps they use, the payroll and benefits options their offered, etc.) will automatically be populated within the system. Rippling eliminates the need for paperwork and manual data entry during these processes, so your team can focus on the human and cultural side of onboarding.

Once employees are part of the team, Rippling’s platform provides time-off tracking, a team task manager, full-service payroll and benefits administration. Additionally, if Rippling doesn’t do it, their  third-party integrations with hundreds of additional applications complement the entire employee experience.

And offboarding employees leaving the company is just as easy. Rippling will automatically remove the former employee from all systems, including benefits and payroll, administer the employee’s COBRA, and disable employee accounts and devices.

Versatility and Scalability

One of the pillars of the Launchways approach to benefits and HR is that our solutions are scalable, so they can accommodate our clients as they grow their businesses. We know that changing systems as a company grows can cause painful business disruption, inevitable system inefficiencies, and bureaucracy that stunts growth.

In partnering with Rippling, it was important to Launchways that their solution  accommodate the growing businesses that we serve. Rippling’s platform works seamlessly whether your  business has two employees or a thousand. Painless integrations allow users to evolve their business processes transform over time. For instance, Rippling works just as well  with QuickBooks and Xero as it does with Intacct or NetSuite. So you won’t have to change your HR or IT software when you’ve outgrown your accounting solution. Additionally, unlike other all-in-one HR platforms that can take months or even a year to roll-out, Rippling can be deployed in a matter of days or weeks, and is fully-equipped to import your existing data. 

In total, Rippling has over 500 third-party integrations, including Slack, Microsoft Office, Dropbox, and Salesforce. This highly collaborative approach meshes perfectly with Launchways’ fervent belief that no two clients’ needs are exactly alike. Every business is unique, and its processes, pain points, and solutions are too. Rippling’s module approach allows our clients to choose the solutions that work best for their business and budget, while Rippling’s robust network of integrations allow businesses to create the software suite that works best for their team. 

The Mission of the Launchways + Rippling Partnership

This powerful partnership combines the hands-on, tailored service of Launchways’ benefits brokerage with best-in-class HR technology that eliminates the need for tedious administrative work.

It’s a true partnership, meaning that Rippling  provides a dedicated service and support team for our clients. At Launchways, we pride ourselves on our dedication to personalized service and boutique benefits approach, no matter what size the client is. This partnership allows us to deliver the same level of service for our clients’ HR and IT software needs. Rippling Head of Channel Sales, Matt Donaldson, added “Partnering with benefits brokers, like Launchways, has enabled us to present a unique option in the market. There isn’t another solution that can pair best-in-breed technology with the knowledge of an industry expert. It truly is a game changer for our customers.”

At its core, our strategic partnership with Rippling affords our clients access to cutting-edge HR technology, while still allowing them to rely on our team of top-notch benefits consultants for a hands-on approach to employee benefits. An additional perk of the partnership is that Launchways clients will be able to purchase the software at a significant discount. Launchways CEO, Jim Taylor, said “All too often, business leaders are forced to choose between the costly, comprehensive solution that works best for their needs and the less expensive, less robust solution that works best for their budget. Launchways’ goal with this partnership is to make sure that our clients get the best of both worlds by taking advantage of our heavily negotiated rates and dedicated service team.”

Key Takeaways

Launchways’ partnership with Rippling represents an exciting opportunity for our clients. Rippling’s innovative approach to HR and IT won it the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award and made it the top-ranking Payroll Software solution and HR Software solution on Capterra, G2 Crowd and GetApp. By working closely with the Rippling team, we can offer our clients significant discounts on Rippling software and personalized support from a dedicated service team. When considering whether to make Rippling part of your Launchways solution, keep in mind:

  • Rippling is the only software provider that lets you manage your HR and IT functions within the same platform to eliminate wasteful processes and create a single system of record
  • Onboard and offboard employees in just 90 seconds with Rippling’s streamlined processes
  • Rippling’s versatility and scalability match Launchways’ approach to benefits and HR
  • This partnership provides our clients with unique advantages compared to general consumers

No matter what your needs, Launchways can help you find the HR solution for your business. And with Rippling, our offerings are better than ever. Get started streamlining your HR and IT processes with Rippling today!

Launchways Announces Strategic Partnership with HR Technology Company Rippling

CHICAGO, Oct. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Launchways, a leading provider of human resources, employee benefits, and business insurance solutions, today announced that it is partnering with Rippling to provide its clients with an integrated HR, payroll, and benefits platform.

Founded by Zenefits veteran Parker Conrad, Rippling offers a better alternative for growing businesses as one of the first all-in-one, modernized system for handling the entire employee experience from hiring to offboarding. Rippling’s competitive edge lies in a modern and streamlined interface, its relative affordability, and its scalability. The platform is as easy to use as it is comprehensive and serves a business of ten people just as well as after they grow into a team of a thousand. This unique approach has helped Rippling secure $60M in funding and resulted in widespread acclaim from experts and customers alike, including ranking first among Payroll Software and HR Software on Capterra.

Launchways believes that people fuel business success and help entrepreneurs achieve sustainable growth by empowering their people through intentional benefits and HR strategy. After implementing Rippling for a client, Launchways was impressed both by the support from the Rippling team and the business results for the client. Moving forward, Launchways has decided to create a formal partnership with Rippling to bring Rippling’s technology as a strategic solution to future clients.

The partnership will give Launchways’ clients significant discounts on the software as well as a dedicated service and support team. As James Taylor, Launchways CEO, says: “Rippling is doing something unique in the software industry. We look forward to implementing their solution to streamline our clients’ HR, benefits, and payroll operations. Having a scalable solution helps our clients take a more intentional approach to their benefits and HR.”

About Launchways

Launchways provides business leaders with the resources and guidance they need to build scalable people processes to support long-term growth. Founded in 2009, Launchways has helped thousands of businesses better approach the people side of their business through strategic solutions for human resources, employee benefits, and business insurance. For more information, please visit www.launchways.com.

About Rippling

Rippling is the first way for businesses to manage their HR & IT — from payroll and benefits, to employee computers and apps — all in one, modern system. It’s the only platform that truly unifies every employee system, and automates all of the administrative work. For more information, please visit https://www.rippling.com.

Launchways Announces Paycor as Their Newest Strategic Partner

Launchways Announces Paycor as Their Newest Strategic Partner

Launchways, a leading provider of human resources, employee benefits, and business insurance solutions today announced that it is taking on Paycor, a comprehensive HR software provider, as its latest strategic partner.

As a strategic partner, Paycor will work with Launchways to deliver meaningful content that helps guide CFOs in the world of HR. In many growing companies, financial leaders are finding themselves taking on responsibility for the human side of their organization. Through this partnership, Paycor and Launchways hope to help guide CFOs through people leadership best practices.

Paycor’s mission is to provide business leaders with the tools they need to empower their workforce. Their Human Capital Management platform streamlines key HR processes so that executives, HR professionals, and employees can focus on what really matters: building real human connections and fostering innovation.

“Paycor’s vision aligns perfectly with Launchways’ values, and we’ve collaborated frequently in the past. This commitment will help take our partnership to the next level” said Launchways CEO, Jim Taylor. Launchways helps businesses build strategic HR infrastructure and employee benefits programs that scale as the company grows in order to unlock the full potential of their workforce.

“At Paycor our top guiding principle is taking care of our clients. Through partnerships like Launchways we’re not only able to provide best-in-class human capital management technology, but share valuable thought leadership to help clients stay ahead of HR trends. We look forward to working with Launchways to continue providing unparalleled support to our joint clients” added Bob Balogh, Vice President of Channel Partnerships at Paycor.

Establishing effective, efficient HR systems that scale with the company as it grows can be a significant challenge to CFOs who find themselves taking on HR leadership roles. Through their partnership, Paycor and Launchways aim to make the process easier for finance leaders, especially in fast-growing technology companies.

About Launchways

Launchways provides business leaders with the resources and guidance they need to build scalable people processes to support long-term growth. Founded in 2009, Launchways has helped hundreds of growth stage businesses better approach the people side of their business through strategic solutions for human resources, employee benefits, and business insurance. For more information, please visit www.launchways.com.

About Paycor

More than 30,000 small and medium businesses nationwide trust Paycor to help them engage, manage and develop their people. Paycor is known for delivering the best unified HCM platform for the SMB market, but what makes us legendary is the total customer experience we provide, from responsive service and user-friendly design to expert partnership and thought leadership. Our unique combination of technology and expertise helps clients streamline every aspect of people management so they can focus on what they know best—their business and their mission. To learn how Paycor can help you make a difference, visit www.paycor.com.

Launchways Partners with FinTex to Host Panel With Some of the Brightest HR Minds in the Chicago Startup Community

Launchways Partners with FinTex to Host Panel With Some of the Brightest HR Minds in the Chicago Startup Community

Last week Launchways collaborated with FinTex to host an educational panel which focused on the HR issues startups face as they scale. FinTex is a nonprofit organization which provides local Financial Technology (“fintech”) startups with the education and resources they need to be successful. Having identified HR issues as a top challenge area for the Chicago fintech community, FinTex enlisted Launchways to host an educational event on the topic.

Launchways is a Chicago-based provider of strategic solutions for Human Resources, Payroll, and Employee Benefits. Launchways specializes in working with growing companies to help them get the people part of the business right. As a member of the vibrant Chicago startup community themselves, Launchways was elated by the opportunity to partner with FinTex to support their mission of educating local fintech leaders.

Launchways assembled a panel of expert HR thought-leaders representing some of the fastest growing companies in the Chicago fintech space. Panelists included:

  • Ryan Pollock, Managing Partner, Objective Paradigm
  • Carolyn Kwon Montgomery, VP of People, Pangea Money 
  • Carrie Gibson, Head of Talent Development Diversity & Inclusion, Avant

Launchways was also excited to welcome Jay Rudman, CEO, TopstepTrader, who gave the opening remarks at the event and is an active leader with the FinTex organization.

Launchways CEO, Jim Taylor, introduced the panelists and moderated the discussion throughout.

The topics covered during the panel included:

  • Recruiting: high-impact recruiting strategies and tips on how to create seamless hiring processes to build your team as you grow.
  • Retention: how to audit your company’s employee retention health and enact effective strategies that engage and retain your key employees.
  • Compensation/Equity: how to structure effective compensation packages and better understand how to reward and retain key employees with equity.

In case you missed the live event, you can stream the panel content on-demand anytime below:

Both FinTex and Launchways extend their sincerest gratitude to Convene, who sponsored the event by providing the venue.

Launchways Partners with CleverRX to Deliver Added Prescription Drug Savings for Clients

Launchways today announced a partnership with CleverRX to offer clients employee prescription drug discounts through the CleverRX Prescription Savings Card. CleverRX is a state-of-the-art pharmacy savings card provider that helps companies provide added value to their employees. Launchways is the first benefits broker in Illinois to offer the CleverRX program to its clients.

Launchways will offer CleverRX Prescription Savings Cards to its employee benefits clients as an added perk of being part of the Launchways benefits brokerage. “We are very excited to offer our clients this innovative solution to the challenge of rising prescription drug costs. Using CleverRX, our clients will be able to access significant savings for themselves and their employees” said Launchways President, Gary Schafer.

CleverRX can save users money regardless of their insurance plan by routing deep discounts on prescription drugs at the point of transaction, while also providing location-based price transparency through its user-friendly app. It can reduce the cost of filling a prescription by as much as 80%, and over 70% of Americans can save money using the card – including employees who opt for high-deductible health plans. As such, CleverRX is a worthwhile addition to any employee benefits package and can be a significant value add for employees. Best of all, CleverRX is completely free to use for companies and employees alike.

Launchways believes in helping our clients empower their employees to become better healthcare consumers. As Jim Taylor, Launchways CEO, noted, “We are proud to be the first benefits broker in Illinois to offer the CleverRX program. We believe in doing what’s best for our clients, and helping them do what is best for their employees, and CleverRX fits perfectly into that vision.”

Why CleverRX? What Prescription Drugs Cost Employers

Why did Launchways partner with CleverRX, and why should you be excited about this new offering? Prescription drugs are one of the main healthcare expenses for employers, so reducing the cost of prescriptions using CleverRX is an effective way to address this challenge.

Prescription drugs are a major driver of healthcare costs for patients and for employers. Drug prices increase an average of 4% a year and specialty drugs, already the most expensive category, increase by 21% per year. Prescription drugs have become the second greatest healthcare expense for companies and represent roughly a third of total healthcare costs for employers.

In an age of rising drug prices, and higher co-pays and deductibles, many employers are cutting coverage to manage their costs. But the reality is that you can effectively reduce healthcare costs without sacrificing the quality of your benefits offering. We explored how to address prescription drug costs in a previous article, but one clear way to save is to reduce the cost of drugs directly through a program such as CleverRX.

CleverRx is about more than just saving money for employers. Because CleverRX reduces employees’ healthcare costs, it is a great additional perk for companies to offer their employees. Improving your benefits package is a great way to boost employee morale, engagement, and retention. In 2016, Aflac found that 60% of employees would take a job with lower salary but better benefits, and that 42% of employees said that increasing benefits would help keep them in their jobs. Given that CleverRX is free for you and for your employees, why not offer it to your employees as an added benefit?

From significant savings on prescription drugs to attracting and retaining top talent, CleverRX can do a whole lot for your company. Ask our benefits experts how you can integrate the CleverRX Prescription Savings Card into your benefits package through Launchways.

About Launchways

Launchways provides business leaders with the resources and guidance they need to build scalable people processes to support long-term growth. Founded in 2009, Launchways has helped thousands of companies better approach the people side of their business through strategic solutions for human resources, employee benefits, and business insurance. For more information, please visit www.launchways.com.

About CleverRX

CleverRX offers a pharmacy savings card that works for you by partnering with the healthcare community to bring state-of-the-art, money-saving tools to patients and employees. CleverRX saves 80% off prescription drugs and often beats the average copay. It is also completely free for patients and employers. Now that’s clever! Learn more at www.cleverrx.com.

Launchways Partners with Chanté Thurmond to Deliver Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Consulting and Training Programs

Launchways is excited to announce a partnership with Chanté Thurmond, a leading Chicago-based D&I Expert and Executive Talent Consultant, to create a new series of Diversity & Inclusion training sessions and offerings scheduled to begin Spring 2019.

The goal is to leverage our mutual expertise to help our clients access diversity, equity and inclusion resources that will empower their workplace culture. We will develop webinars and training programs that will help leaders navigate D&I topics such as: workplace inclusion and accessibility, gender pay gaps, unconscious bias, employee resource groups, and more.

Launchways CEO Jim Taylor expressed his excitement for the new D&I initiative, saying “Diversity and inclusion are vital to the long-term success of any organization. Launchways is dedicated to helping companies achieve sustainable growth through a strong company culture and effective talent acquisition and retention. Chanté Thurmond’s expertise and the addition of D&I consulting to our repertoire is a major step forward in our mission.”

In addition to her consulting work, Chanté Thurmond founded The Darkest Horse in 2018 to change the national conversation about diversity and inclusion by inviting business leaders to share their stories. One of her aims in 2019 is to directly tackle D&I issues in the workplace through her partnership with Launchways.

Of her work at The Darkest Horse and her partnership with Launchways, Chanté Thurmond noted “Together, we stand in solidarity to commit our time, energy and resources to address workplace disparities and workforce inequities. 2019 marks a year of much-needed partnership, in which we forge onwards with strategic partners who share our passions, values and goals to help make workplaces become more inclusive. Jim Taylor and his team at Launchways are the epitome of strategic partners and multipliers.”

Why You Should Care About Diversity and Inclusion

What is Diversity and Inclusion and how can companies benefit by paying attention to them?

Diversity covers the area of inclusion, generally defined by hiring and promoting processes. Diversity trainings have been around for a long time, and many companies do include guidelines or quotas in their hiring protocols to increase gender and racial equity on their teams. However, companies frequently overlook promotion practices and long-term success of employees of different genders and races. The result is that many diversity programs function as damage control to protect the organization from perceptions of bias, and do not result in stronger teams.

This is unfortunate, because physical diversity at every level of an organization is a key driver of success. Recent studies show that greater gender and racial diversity each are directly correlated with increased profitability and value creation. Companies with the most women and minorities in leadership positions are between 20-30% more likely to achieve above average financial performance.

That is why inclusion is a necessary counterpart to diversity. Companies thrive when all employees are full team members with equal opportunities for advancement and share ownership over the company culture and mission/vision. Team members need to feel that they belong and can thrive at the company. Quotas and one-off trainings cannot achieve those results. Instead, leaders need to put every part of their company under the microscope to see how they can best serve all employees. Diversity and inclusion need to become integral parts of the company that are valued and lived by every day.

This can best be achieved through ongoing training and strategic policy changes, under the guidance of experienced D&I consultants. Every organization is different and solutions need to meet each company’s unique challenges. But with consistent, concerted effort and the right expertise, leaders can create more vibrant and successful teams.

Launchways is excited to offer the guidance that its clients need to foster true diversity and inclusiveness through its upcoming training programs, webinars, and consulting services in partnership with Chanté Thurmond.

About Launchways

Launchways provides business leaders with the resources and guidance they need to build scalable people processes to support long-term growth. Founded in 2009, Launchways has helped thousands of companies better approach the people side of their business through strategic solutions for human resources, employee benefits, and business insurance. For more information, please visit www.launchways.com.

About Chanté Thurmond

Chanté is a fierce advocate of equity & inclusion; gender parity and social justice initiatives. She is on a mission to learn the backstories of underrepresented leaders and share their voice with the world. Her expertise is in Organizational Development, Social Innovation, Health & Well-being and Community Engagement. In a previous life, Chanté’s work centered around cultivating strategic alliances between public and private sector leaders to reduce public health inequities and improve population health outcomes. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Mount Mercy University and a M.A. from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.