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Employee Experience Firm Kazoo Buys WorkTango Employee Voice Platform

In a sign of the horizontal integration in the IRR space predicted by RRN, the WorkTango employee voice platform has been purchased by an employee experience tech firm known as Kazoo. 
 
Kazoo, an Austin-based employee experience platform, has acquired WorkTango, the Toronto-based employee experience survey and people analytics company founded by Rob Catalano and Nadir Ebrahim, formerly of Achievers. Worktango is designed to “give employees a voice and leaders actionable insights to create a more engaged workforce. With this acquisition, Kazoo will be the only solution in the market with a full suite of employee listening, recognition and rewards, and performance management capabilities, all in a single platform,” the company claims. 
 
Over the last two years, the nature of work has dramatically changed, and this acquisition comes at a pivotal time as companies focus on their people more than ever,” says Patrick Manzo, CEO of Kazoo. “Our companies share a singular vision for making work better for more people, regardless of where they work. By leveraging the best of both companies' technology and talent, this acquisition gives our customers a better pulse on employee expectations and experiences and allows them to use those insights to drive greater engagement and ultimately achieve better business results.”
 
Through this acquisition, Kazoo says it will expand its “capabilities with WorkTango's comprehensive employee listening solution that gathers employee feedback via configurable templates, intelligently analyzes the data in automated dashboards, and recommends next steps for people leaders based on those insights. Additionally, Kazoo will leverage WorkTango's expertise in data, analytics, and AI across the platform to unlock a more complete understanding of an employee's day-to-day experience. Together, Kazoo and WorkTango will continue to support more than 1,000 customers globally ranging from small and midsize businesses to global Fortune 100 enterprises like Kia of North America, LogicMonitor, the Brooklyn Nets, and Bluetooth.”
 
“Joining forces with Kazoo and bringing our passionate teams together provides our customers with greater value and better service amid the ever-evolving workplace,” says Rob Catalano, co-founder of WorkTango, in the announcement. “Together, we're offering the market a best-in-class solution for creating phenomenal employee experiences and an environment where everyone can thrive. We built WorkTango with a passion to improve (work) lives, and this next step in our journey helps us live our passion at a broader scale.”
 
The companies believe their combined capabilities will allow businesses to better connect, engage, listen, and grow their biggest asset — their employees.

 
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