Halogen Delivers Industrys Most Integrated and Flexible Job Description Management

Ottawa, ON — June 24, 2010 — Halogen Software today announced the release of Job Description Builder, the industry’s first and only solution to include job descriptions as part of the performance management workflow. This new offering enables HR to take job descriptions to the next level by ensuring they are current, relevant and integrated with all organizational performance management processes. Halogen Job Description Builder is one of the key enhancements in Version 10 of Halogen’s award winning talent management suite, which was also announced today.

Talent Management best practices recognize that job descriptions are critical and form the foundation for effectively managing employee performance. Employees need to clearly understand what is expected of them, however many organizations struggle with a lack of centralization and consistency when it comes to job descriptions, making them obsolete and meaningless to employees. Halogen Job Description Builder provides HR with a well-defined process by which an organization can create and update job descriptions, ensuring clarity and understanding among employees, while seamlessly linking competency information to job descriptions and performance appraisals.

“Job descriptions are a key part of the talent management process, and they often are neglected,” said James Holincheck, Managing Vice President, Gartner. “To be effective, job descriptions should be relevant and up to date. Creating a meaningful connection between job descriptions and employee’s understanding of their roles can help to support employee engagement.”

“Having up-to-date job descriptions enables us to make certain that employees are meeting competency and performance expectations, which in our case is critical in supporting Joint Commission requirements,” explained Teri Manning, Director of Nursing Office Operations with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. “Halogen Job Description Builder will help us both improve the process of creating and managing job descriptions, and ensure employees are aware of job responsibilities by automating review and sign off. We will be able to save valuable time in managing this as part of our talent management processes, and in demonstrating Joint Commission compliance.”

With Halogen Job Description Builder, organizations can ensure job descriptions are:

• Company defined: HR can configure job descriptions to capture details that are essential for the organization.
• Process driven: HR can create job descriptions within a formal, HR managed process that leverages the same robust workflow engine that underlies Halogen eAppraisal. This allows HR to control the process of creating job descriptions, while enabling line managers to contribute content and ensuring employee signoffs take place.
• Completely up-to-date with flexible security settings: The creation and management of job descriptions is centralized and automated; and role-based security settings provides for published descriptions to be viewed by all employees or limited based on organizational preferences.
• Synchronized: Organizations can seamlessly link job responsibilities to performance management, so that any updates to a job description automatically flow through to the associated performance appraisal, driving consistency between expectations and assessments.

Job Description Builder comes with a wide range of sample job descriptions that span several industries, as well as a comprehensive set of healthcare-specific job descriptions, all pre-mapped to competencies in the suite’s competency library. Halogen Talent Management Suite Version 10 also includes an extensive transformation of the product’s user interface (UI) to deliver best in class usability, learnability and enhanced features. Also announced today, Version 10 delivers much more than a simple makeover, the new UI builds on Halogen’s reputation for extremely learnable and usable solutions. With this new offering, Halogen has taken the user experience to a whole new level with a simple, practical workflow and contextual personalization.

Visit Halogen at SHRM
Halogen will be demonstrating Job Description Builder and the suite’s new user experience at the Annual SHRM Conference and Exhibition in Booth #1439.

Halogen Talent Management Suite Version 10, which includes Job Description Builder, will be generally available in August 2010.

About Halogen Software
Halogen Software is recognized as a market leader by industry analysts and is strongly endorsed by the thousands of HR professionals who use their Talent Management solutions. The company offers a complete suite of web-based products that automate, simplify and integrate performance appraisals, 360 degree feedback, compensation management, succession planning and learning management. Halogen’s offering makes HR best-practices accessible to companies of all sizes and its healthcare, education, manufacturing, public sector, financi! al services and professional services specific suites meet the unique needs of
these industries. Halogen is consistently recognized by the industry and its customers for its exceptional implementation and support services, and has won multiple awards for its corporate leadership and product innovation, including HR Technology Product of the Year.

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