Automate your setup by integrating Slack or Office 365 with Assembly

Ever wish life was more like The Jetsons? Simpler, more automated? Beyond all the very fun inventions yet to be realized - fly...

August 10, 2020

Ever wish life was more like The Jetsons? Simpler, more automated?

Beyond all the very fun inventions yet to be realized - flying cars, jetpacks, anti-gravity boots, and more - The Jetsons made one thing seem abundantly clear, the 21st would be mostly automated.
George Jetson's entire job involved the pressing of 2 buttons – "Start" & "Stop" while the computer seemingly did the rest.

Better yet, Rosie, the Robot would perform a slew of tasks with no issues while Jane Jetson could simply sit back and relax.

I know at Assembly that we wish our account setup was a bit more like this (or should I say, wished) -- press the "Start" button and a mega computer connects to the customer's employee source of truth, collects all the critical data, sets up each employee account, sends out the invites to welcome their employees, and walks the employees through how to give recognition -- all while the admin focuses on more important tasks.

In reality, most of the time, the setup is very different and time-consuming. But, isn’t there some way of “integrating” so that data automatically travels from one service to another - almost as if it was in its own little Jetsons hovercar?

We get this question at Assembly pretty frequently, although hovercars are not always mentioned!

Specifically, we're usually asked how Assembly's leading employee recognition platform can play nicely with Slack and/or Office 365 / MS Teams.

Each is, loosely speaking, a communications and a human resource management system. Since Assembly is typically installed throughout an entire organization or within large teams/departments, you can see how simple and nice this would be rather than manually inputting this information (again, in yet another platform when it already exists elsewhere).

Thankfully, we took it upon ourselves to do the hard work for you. Today, we're announcing the launch of our new Identity Management feature that enables admins to connect their preferred employee source of truth. We are launching with Slack and Office 365. We will soon be adding Google Directory, ADP, and followup up a bit later with OneLogin and Okta!

Without further ado, I'd love to share some images that will help you visualize just how easy we've made importing your employees to Assembly.

Identity Manager & SSO Walkthrough

1. Choosing your Identity Manager – Admins can choose their people manager tool which will automatically enforce the Identity Manager SSO as well

2. Identity Manager Connection Information – Assembly informs the admin that we’re going to connect and give them the option to choose who and how to manage members

3. Post Authorization – After authorizing with Google, we’ll begin to pull in the members available within the Google Directory

4. Selecting Your Members – Assembly provides a few options on how you want to select and manage members. We can automatically manage for you or you can manually manage members yourself

5. Configure Your Invites – Decide when you want to send your invites and if Assembly is auto managing, whether approval is needed for each new member

6. Creating Accounts – Assembly will queue your invites or create your accounts depending on your configuration

7. Identity Manager Connected – In your Manage section, you can see which Identity Manager is connected, how many members are synced, and you can edit the connection if necessary

8. Enforced SSO – When signing in with a connected Identity Manager, we will force the connected IM’s SSO option. Members will have to sign in with the IM’s SSO to enter Assembly

9. Enforced SSO Redirect – When coming from emails that require signing in or trying to use a different SSO than the IM’s, the member will land here and must use their IM’s SSO to enter the Assembly

As we continue to invest in making your setup with Assembly easier and easier, new integrations may become available over time that we are not yet aware of. Within your Assembly admin, you can find our Identity Manager options here and our 3rd party integrations here.


And there you have it – a range of ways you can connect with Assembly to make your employee recognition and reward process more like a 1960s futuristic space cartoon!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Assembly SOC 2 compliant?

Yes, at Assembly, security is a top priority. Each quarter, we have ongoing security work that is everyone’s responsibility. While we maintain a strong security posture, it was important for us to prove to our customers that we do everything we claim to do. This led us to pursue a SOC 2 Type II report that would provide evidence of our compliance with industry gold-standard security practice.

What's the ROI for employee recognition?

There is study after study showing that employee recognition leads to increased engagement. This in return creates an environment where employees are happier and more motivated which increase productivity and reduces voluntary turnover significantly. In order to filled critical roles, companies tend to spend nearly twice the value of an annual salary. Assembly is an investment in your employees that supports your bottom line.

Does Assembly offer longer-term contracts?

Yes, we will offer contracts for companies with longer-term agreements to help larger customers have more certainty around future costs.

The minimum agreement term is a 12-month subscription.

Does Assembly offer onboarding support?

We do! Any new customer needing further support to get started with Assembly to ensure you're set up for success can request custom onboarding support. These one-time services start at $5,000. Improving your employee experience is about much more than just using our amazing software; it’s about transforming your business to create a workplace that people love. That’s much easier to do with the personal support and advice from our passionate people experts.

Is there a free version of Assembly?

Yes. We offer a completely free plan for up to 50 team members. This plan is intended for teams or organizations that are looking to get started with an employee engagement tool. Keep in mind, this plan is limited in features.

All customers can open an Assembly account for free and get started without a credit card. Then you can change plans as necessary.

How much do rewards cost?

At the time of redemption (when your employees exchange their points for a paid reward) you'll pay face value. If a reward is a $10 Amazon gift card, your cost will be $10. All paid rewards are billed for on a monthly basis.

The good news is that you don't have to pay for rewards upfront because we only charge you when points are redeemed, not when they're earned.

Does Assembly offer discounts?

We offer discounts or educational or charitable organizations. In order to secure a discount, you'll first need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

For all other organizations, we are willing to consider longer-term agreements in exchange for discounts. To set up annual plans or longer, you will need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

How do I cancel my plan if needed?

If you're on a month to month plan, you can go here and cancel anytime. If you're having concerns or need help setting up your account for success, you can always book a demo with a customer support specialist.

If you're on a longer-term custom plan, you'll need to reach out to your customer support specialist to cancel your account or email us at support@joinassembly.com.

What customizations are available?

Great question! You can customize your core values to match your organization's to boost and track alignment. You can change your currency from the 🏆 emoji (our default) to any emoji of your choice. You can swap our logo for your own. You can also set up company culture rewards such as, "Lunch with the CEO," "Buy a book on us," and so much more!

Who can give or receive recognition?

While we recommend a peer to peer set up where anyone in your organization can give or receive recognition, you can set up Assembly however you want. If you need to limit the people who can give or receive recognition, that's perfectly fine and can be done from your Admin, here.

What integrations are available?

Assembly connects to the tools your employees use every day to offer an easy, seamless experience with minimal change management.  

Assembly has integrations with HCM/HRIS systems like ADP, Google, Office 365, and Slack. We also integrate with communication tools like Slack and Teams so you and your employees can access Assembly wherever they work now.

What's your average adoption rate?

That depends on the company's permissions set up. That said, over 90% of the employees on Assembly's platform are recognized on a monthly basis. That means nearly every employee across all of our customers are receiving regular recognition from their peers, managers, or leadership. We're extremely proud of this.

Must rewards be set up to use Assembly?

They are not required. You can use Assembly without having rewards set up. However, we don't recommend it if you intend to have a high adoption and usage rate. You can always keep the costs down by offering internal culture rewards that are fulfilled by you internally.

Are points required to use Assembly?

No, you can remove allowances from anyone or everyone. It's up to you but we do recommend using points whether they're worth a real dollar value or not. Companies that use points have a much higher engagement rate even if those points don't exchange for real dollars.

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