Meet Richard Cangemi2024-01-06T16:14:59+00:00

Meet Rich Cangemi

“Our mission is to help the underserved HR leader.”

Richard Cangemi, CEO

Rich is the Chief Executive Officer of PeopleGuru™. 

He co-founded the company in 2017 and grew it from a small software start-up into an industry leader in HR, Payroll, and Talent Management.

Rich graduated from State University of New York with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending with his family, boating, and watching Tampa Bay sports.

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Q&A with Rich

What makes PeopleGuru™ HCM different from other software?2023-08-22T16:31:54+00:00

In a nutshell, if your organization needs to inspire its people to drive improved business performance, then  PeopleGuruis the answer.

PeopleGuru™ HCM is designed for agile, mid-market organizations that share our desire to serve an inspired performance-oriented workforce.

We value simplicity in our user interfaces, speed in deployment of enhancements, and our ability to be flexible to support Customer growth and internal change.

PeopleGuru™ HCM is affordable because as an all-in-one people management platform, our clients have no need for additional software.


How has data driven approach empowered your HCM solutions?2023-08-22T16:33:00+00:00

HR now expects to use data to drive and justify decision-making.

Actionable insights capabilities, built in workflows, and notification triggers are the modern tools HR leaders rely on to be unbiased and efficient.

A system like  PeopleGuru™ HCM can guide decision-making where HR departments can provide recommendations on how to drive an organization forward with targeted people initiatives to improve engagement, retention, and wellness.

With a modern people management platform, HR can drive business performance with agile review cycles, goal setting, and measurement; this rigorous data collection activity provides transparency to individual and organizational results so leaders can align resources to business objectives.

Within an HR system, data is key to the day in the life of a Manager. Managers have the ability to be alert to employees who are approaching overtime or what days and times employees prefer to work which helps to efficiently schedule and reduce absenteeism.

The best people platforms should analyze workforce trends such as absenteeism, compensation, and will even facilitate promoting employees through a succession path fostering a great culture and reducing turnover with a policy of promotion from within.

How do you think technology is changing the HR Sector?2023-08-22T16:33:54+00:00

The HR industry is still using paper processes so there is still an opportunity to convert from manual processes to efficient software based processes. Also, many organizations have been slow to embrace technology use to its full potential.

A recruiting platform should do more than source many candidates to fill an open positions; it should provide tools to identify those that represent a good cultural fit and have the right experience and qualifications as well.

Compliance is much easier for HR to keep up with due to technology. This lifts a huge burden off HR and legal teams. There have been new state-specific time and labor laws, state-level privacy regulations, and even local laws for employee leave. Modern HR systems can be a lifesaver to aid organizations in their compliance efforts.

But by far, technology is empowering better, faster, and less biased HR decisions. HR can mine its vast data stores with new tools for forward-looking, predictive trends, and historical analysis capabilities for actionable insights that can drive business performance.

Can you tell us about your journey into this market?2023-08-22T16:34:53+00:00

PeopleGuruwas founded for agile, growing, mid-market organizations who have outgrown the “payroll-centric” SBOs and need a more capable and adaptable workforce management solution.

PeopleGuruelevates our clients’ people management capabilities to improve their business performance.

Tell us about your role in PeopleGuru™?2023-08-22T16:40:56+00:00

As “Chief Executive Guru” at  PeopleGuru™, my role is to motivate and empower my Guru team to make great decisions and serve our clients. I also focus much attention on our product road map and our sales and marketing efforts. It is also my responsibility to assess new opportunities and new markets for  PeopleGuru™.

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