Remember Parker Conrad, former CEO of Zenefits? He’s back with a new company, and a new way to onboard employees.
Rippling is a great concept – and far less likely to be exposed to the same regulatory concerns as Zenefits was. Basically, for a set monthly price, Rippling will enable businesses to on-board and terminate employees, at least at a virtual level.
The theory is that when a new employee is hired, the human resources department is tasked with an enormous list of things to do – including but not limited to, setting up their computer, including all the relevant software, sending them a letter of offer, confirming their direct manager, organising office space and other relevant tools of trade, getting them to sign the contract… the list goes on.
Rippling enables businesses to solve all software and hardware issues in one go. Human resources go into the platform once they are advised of a new hire, and enter their name and personal email address into the system. Rippling them automatically creates a company email address for them and asks what type of computer hardware they will require, from the allocated supplier. This tab includes pricing for various equipment, either on a cash or lease system; obviously this is all set up beforehand.
With hardware taking care of, the human resources person is shown a screen of the company software stack – including Salesforce, Adobe, Google products and whatever else the organisation uses on a day-to-day basis. HR selects the relevant software and moves on to the next screen which drafts a welcome email for the new employee. Once this email is sent, the new computer is ordered and all the relevant software activated on a set date. Simple.
Likewise, termination is incredibly straightforward. HR, or the hiring manager goes into Rippling and selects the relevant employee, and whether they are to be terminated voluntarily or non-voluntarily. If the employee is being fired, access to confidential files will be instantly revoked, and the computer can even be shut down. If resigning, the removal of access can be dated, and a finalisation letter sent to the employee thanking them for their service.
Rippling is a clever concept, in that it doesn’t change the way things are done, but makes it much easier. For organisations that have high turnover of staff, or have yet to realise the integration potential of various software, it will be a useful tool. Even for medium-sized businesses who are experiencing exponential growth, nine dollars a month per employee will be well spent on being able to bring on employees quickly and easily, without the usual time and effort.
Rippling is now available in the United States.

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