Kenexa and Aberdeen Group Agree: Onboarding Can Positively Impact Business Growth

Recent Research Reveals Compelling Best-in-Class Trends

WAYNE, PA--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - When it comes to improving new hire productivity and retention, Kenexa (NASDAQ: KNXA), a global provider of business solutions for human resources, and Boston-based Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), are in agreement: onboarding matters. According to Aberdeen's onboarding research report, organizations with a standard onboarding process experienced 54% greater new hire productivity, 50% greater new hire retention and two-times the level of new hire engagement.

"The findings point to two clear differentiators of top performance," said Mollie Lombardi, senior research analyst for Human Capital Management, Aberdeen. "First, organizations must standardize the process to ensure a quality experience, and then they must automate that process to gain efficiencies."

Derek Bluestone, vice president of Product Marketing at Kenexa, commented, "Aberdeen's research demonstrates that efficient onboarding leads directly to business growth. Deploying an optimized onboarding solution helps nurture new recruits, speed time to productivity, improve employee engagement and eliminate manual, paper based processes."

Kenexa has long-been a leader in the onboarding category. Three of the top five of the Fortune 100 rely on the Kenexa 2x™ platform to power their Talent Management business processes. The company's onboarding offering, Kenexa 2x Onboard™, is a powerful SaaS-based solution that reduces time-to-productivity, improves employee engagement, and provides alignment with compliance initiatives. Kenexa 2x Onboard, customers can effectively streamline core HR processes while differentiating their employment brand.

A complimentary copy of Aberdeen's research titled Onboarding 2011: The Path to Productivity can be downloaded here.

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company
Aberdeen provides fact-based research and market intelligence that delivers demonstrable results. Having queried more than 30,000 companies in the past two years, Aberdeen is positioned to educate users to action: driving market awareness, creating demand, enabling sales, and delivering meaningful return-on-investment analysis. As the trusted advisor to the global technology markets, corporations turn to Aberdeen for insights that drive decisions. As a Harte-Hanks Company, Aberdeen plays a key role of putting content in context for the global direct and targeted marketing company. Aberdeen's analytical and independent view of the "customer optimization" process of Harte-Hanks (Information - Opportunity - Insight - Engagement - Interaction) extends the client value and accentuates the strategic role Harte-Hanks brings to the market. For additional information, visit Aberdeen or call (617) 854-5200, or to learn more about Harte-Hanks, call (800) 456-9748.

About Kenexa
Kenexa® provides business solutions for human resources. We help global organizations multiply business success by identifying the best individuals for every job and fostering optimal work environments for every organization. For more than 20 years, Kenexa has studied human behavior and team dynamics in the workplace, and has developed the software solutions, business processes and expert consulting that help organizations impact positive business outcomes through HR. Kenexa is the only company that offers a comprehensive suite of unified products and services that support the entire employee lifecycle from pre-hire to exit. Additional information about Kenexa and its global products and services can be accessed at Follow Kenexa on Twitter: @kenexa