Gloat's Opportunity Hub Takes Aim at Employee Experience
Gloat, a New York City-based talent marketplace technology specialist, released a new open platform called Opportunity Hub last month.
Opportunity Hub is an open platform where users of Gloat's talent marketplace technology can access learning, coaching, volunteering, employee well-being platforms and other features from third party providers in the Gloat platform. Initial Opportunity Hub partners include Udemy, BetterUp, Udacity, CoachHub, Goodera, Torch, VolunteerMatch, Josh Bersin Academy, Go1, Edcast and Thrive, the company said.
The goal for Opportunity Hub is to offer an "open ecosystem of industry-leading learning, coaching, well-being and volunteering platform partner offerings to help enterprises build best-in-class employee experience programs," said Brian Hershey, Gloat's director of strategic initiatives, in an interview with Reworked.
At a time when enterprises are investing more than ever before in resources for employee growth and development, Gloat wants to enable workers to access employee development and growth opportunities in a tailored way from a single platform, he said.
Four Scenarios for Opportunity Hub
Hershey sees four organizational roles that a product like Opportunity Hub can benefit:
- Chief Human Resources Officer: For HR, Opportunity Hub can give workers access to a selection of employee growth and development possibilities in one location and provide AI-powered insights for future talent development and business requirements.
- CIO or CTO: For tech, Opportunity Hub simplifies the cross-platform experience by integrating third-party content and experiences and centralizing skill completion data across different platforms for better visibility and comprehension.
- Vice President of Learning and Development: Opportunity Hub can surface learning content in a more intelligent and curated way and simplify the process of launching, rolling out and communicating multiple systems to the workforce and investing resources, Hershey said.
- Vice President of Workforce Planning: In addition to boosting engagement with learning and development solutions, users can learn about employee career objectives and aspirations and use cross-platform data to better understand and support development activities.
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Customer Input Influenced the New Open Capabilities
According to Hershey, Gloat identified from conversations with customers that they wanted to include additional opportunities via the talent marketplace that were served by third party vendors, such as learning, coaching, volunteering and well-being opportunities.
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"In response," he said, "we were able to develop a hub product infrastructure and growing ecosystem of industry leading partners to connect with our core Talent Marketplace platform experience."
Founded in 2015 by Ben Reuveni, Danny Shteinberg and Amichai Schreiber, Gloat counts Novartis, MetLife, Unilever, Schneider Electric, Nestle and Pepsico among its clients. According to Crunchbase, the company has received $102 million from investors, including a $57 million Series C funding round in June 2021. The company, which also has a research and development center in Tel Aviv, Israel, announced the release of its Career Agility platform last fall.
Hershey said the company wants Opportunity Hub to become the center of opportunities for employee development and growth. "As we expand our partner list," he said, "we will also include new opportunity types and cover even more use cases. Like in any marketplace, the richer the supply of opportunities is, the more value our customers and end user employees can achieve through our platform."
The talent marketplace software category has grown in recent years to supplement traditional workforce planning software to better match people to projects. These emerging platforms, including Degreed’s Career Mobility, Visual Workforce and Gloat, capture and share data about employees’ current skills and make it easy to update profiles as employees complete training, participate in projects, and develop new abilities at work or at home.