LinkedIn Acquired Employee Engagement Platform Glint

Its founder and CEO, Jim Barnett, will report to Daniel Shapero

The deal is expected to close by Dec. 31 LinkedIn
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LinkedIn announced an agreement to acquire employee engagement platform Glint.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but LinkedIn vice president of talent solutions, careers and learning Daniel Shapero said in a blog post that when the deal closes—expected during parent company Microsoft’s second fiscal quarter of 2019, which ends Dec. 31—Glint founder and CEO Jim Barnett will report to him, and the bulk of the Glint team will continue reporting to Barnett.

Glint’s human resources, finance, information security and legal teams will join the respective functional teams at LinkedIn.

Shapero wrote in his blog post, “We believe that Glint has uncovered a modern HR best practice that every company should do: Regularly gather employee feedback on work, culture and leadership, and give leaders the tools they need to translate those insights into action. At LinkedIn, as a customer of Glint, we’ve experienced the value that this brings first-hand. Glint provides executives with the tools to answer questions about the health and happiness of the talent they have, while giving managers at all levels the access and insight they need to improve. Now imagine, through our combined offerings, that we can translate the specific feedback a manager gets from their employees on Glint into a personalized LinkedIn Learning experience focused on the topics that will help them improve, thus making the feedback much more actionable.”

Barnett added in his own blog post, “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the partner we’ve decided to continue this journey with. Our insights into people success, along with LinkedIn’s insights into the broader workforce, will be a powerful combination that can help customers attract, develop, and retain the best talent. Beyond the synergies that exist between our products and goals, we’ve found a plethora of reasons to believe that LinkedIn is the right home for us. Our missions are incredibly well-aligned, focusing on helping people be more successful at work.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.