TriNet adds new features to mobile app

TriNet has updated its mobile app with new features to help employees better access their pay and benefits information via smartphone.

The HR services provider says the app is tailored for small and medium-size companies — and their employees — and is available to all of the 16,000 employers using TriNet.

The updated app includes more detailed pay history and paycheck comparisons, access to benefits coverage information, member identification cards from certain insurance providers, flexible spending account overviews, a detailed company employee directory and a chat feature.

“This real-time HR technology access can help streamline business processes, attract and retain talent who want better mobile capabilities and robust technology offerings from their employer,” says Craig Flower, chief technology officer at TriNet. “[It also] empowers small and medium-size businesses to focus on what matters most — growing their business.”

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Flower says HR teams can use the app to review and approve time off-requests and manage most of their HR and benefits information. More employees want flexibility to complete tasks when convenient, and mobile technology is helping them do that, Flower says.

“Being able to provide today’s employees with the mobile capabilities they want helps to attract and retain a workforce that is increasingly demanding the flexibility and convenience of modern technology,” he says. “This is especially important in a competitive hiring market.”

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More HR departments are relying on technology, like mobile apps, to perform day-to-day functions. A recent survey of 800 C-suite and HR leaders and 1,700 professionals from talent acquisition and management firm Randstad Sourceright found that 92% of respondents say they believe technology enhances the attraction, engagement and retention of talent. That’s up from 79% who said the same in 2016.

Flower says he thinks mobile technology is a natural step for HR departments.

“We live in a very connected world and business happens around the clock. Fortunately, mobile technology goes with you wherever you are, so you can do your work anytime, anywhere,” he says. “HR information is vital to a business owner as well as employees. It only makes sense that HR also meets entrepreneurs and employees where they’re at, which is on their mobile devices.”

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