People First – Ultimate Software's Blog http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com Thoughts on Putting People First in the Workplace Tue, 23 May 2017 19:20:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 12 Days of HCM – #12 Your People are Your Business http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/12-days-of-hcm-your-people-are-your-business/ http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/12-days-of-hcm-your-people-are-your-business/#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:02:26 +0000 http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=425 People First: A Special Message For all of us at Ultimate Software, 2015 marked an extra-special year. In October, we celebrated a quarter century of putting people first. We were also extremely proud to premiere our first-ever national television commercial. The 60-second spot tells a great story, carries a powerful message, and features a pretty […]

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People First: A Special Message

For all of us at Ultimate Software, 2015 marked an extra-special year. In October, we celebrated a quarter century of putting people first. We were also extremely proud to premiere our first-ever national television commercial.

The 60-second spot tells a great story, carries a powerful message, and features a pretty awesome Dude as the narrator. It’s currently airing on several national networks, cable channels, and at airports across the U.S.

If you’ve seen it, let us know on social. If you haven’t—or would like to watch it again—you can check out the video below. We also invite you to share it with your organization.

Your people are your business. We hope this message inspires you to put them first.

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Be(ing) the Best http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/being-the-best/ http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/being-the-best/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:33:24 +0000 http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=212 Vivian Maza Chief People Officer Ultimate Software Last week, Fortune released its 18th annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” listing, in partnership with Great Place to Work®. Feedback from employees and companies themselves determines ranking. Through the Trust Index© Employee Survey, accounting for two-thirds, employees rate their organization on job satisfaction, camaraderie among colleagues, […]

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Vivian Maza

Vivian Maza
Chief People Officer
Ultimate Software

Last week, Fortune released its 18th annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” listing, in partnership with Great Place to Work®.

Feedback from employees and companies themselves determines ranking. Through the Trust Index© Employee Survey, accounting for two-thirds, employees rate their organization on job satisfaction, camaraderie among colleagues, and management’s credibility. In the Culture Audit©, companies self-report on subjects such as compensation, benefits, and recognition programs.

What does it take to be the Best? It’s about putting people first.

This goes beyond offering a competitive benefits package. It’s about creating a company culture that cultivates trust, respect, and an overall sense of value among all members of your organization.
Being the BestIt’s when a supervisor spends time getting to know her colleague and his passions away from the desk. While chatting over lunch, she learns of his involvement with a local charity. Soon, your company supports his contributions — by matching a donation or providing extra PTO so he can spend time giving back.

After a charitable day away, he returns to work with a renewed sense of purpose. He’s made a difference in the community. You’ve made a difference in his life.

Showing your people you genuinely care about them doesn’t have to cost much more than your time and some thought. It can be as simple as an employee-recognition program, with meaningful reminders that they’re doing a great job.

New research finds 43% of Millennials want feedback every week — but they’re not the only ones who appreciate acknowledgment. And while we’re on the subject, never discount the value of a hand-written “Thank You” note, especially in the Digital Age. Kudos keep employees happy, engaged, and motivated.

There’s a simple theme at work here: Give back to your employees by all means and they’ll reciprocate in myriad ways. Take care of your people, and they’ll take care of you — and your customers.

And if you’re still worried about the financials of investing in your workforce, don’t be. Putting people first pays off.

According to Great Place to Work, publicly traded Best Companies perform almost twice as well as major stock indices and provide nearly three times the market return. Moreover, because their employees are more engaged and less likely to leave, Best Companies also save substantial money, given the high costs associated with constant turnover.

The benefits of being on Fortune‘s Best Companies list are as plentiful as the ways.

What are you doing to be the Best?

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Ultimate Software is proud and honored to be ranked in the top 25 on Fortune‘s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list four years in a row.

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Connections 2014 Summary – The New Generation of Work http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/connections-2014-summary-the-new-generation-of-work/ http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/connections-2014-summary-the-new-generation-of-work/#respond Thu, 01 May 2014 05:28:36 +0000 http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=165 This year’s Connections conference hosted by Ultimate Software was a monumental success for everyone in attendance! The annual event in Las Vegas for UltiPro customers, technology experts, and industry analysts offers unparalleled opportunities for interacting and networking with some of the most innovative, forward-thinking people in human capital management (HCM). Customers had the chance to […]

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This year’s Connections conference hosted by Ultimate Software was a monumental success for everyone in attendance! The annual event in Las Vegas for UltiPro customers, technology experts, and industry analysts offers unparalleled opportunities for interacting and networking with some of the most innovative, forward-thinking people in human capital management (HCM). Customers had the chance to expand their knowledge of Ultimate’s solutions, experience hands-on training with experts, collaborate with peers, and get a closer look at the UltiPro product roadmap and upcoming features.

Connections 2014, themed “The New Generation of Work,” ran from April 6 to April 11 at the Bellagio hotel and drew nearly 1,600 attendees from across the U.S. and Canada. Ultimate Software experts and partners offered over 100 sessions that empowered users with a greater understanding of current technologies, industry best practices, and trends that can increase operational effectiveness in the workplace. In addition to the many breakouts and hands-on learning sessions, customers explored the Ultimate Experience, an enormous open-floor exhibition with product demos, interactive displays, and partner booths, and plenty of Ultimate staff were on hand for questions.

While learning more about Ultimate Software’s solutions and features, attendees enjoyed appearances by renowned speakers on a variety of topics. Jason Dorsey, a.k.a. The Gen Y Guy®,” was on hand to share his insights on the generation gap and how to best manage the five generations that will comprise the workforce of the near future. Best-selling author Patrick Lencioni offered his best practices for organizational health and employee engagement, then world record-setting Paralympics athlete Aimee Mullins shared her inspirational story of success in the face of overwhelming adversity. In the evenings, attendees got the chance to kick back and experience a New York City-themed customer appreciation party as well as a performance by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips.

Every year, Connections is exciting for us as a unique and powerful forum for Ultimate staff and attendees to come together to exchange knowledge and feedback. We’re always grateful for the chance to share our roadmap for the upcoming year and the innovative technologies and features that can simplify our customers’ work lives. Thank you to all Connections 2014 attendees for making this conference successful. We hope that every participant had an enjoyable, positive, and rewarding experience. Please save the date for next year’s customer conference, March 24-27, 2015.

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Never Underestimate the Power of Your HCM and Payroll Software http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/never-underestimate-the-power-of-your-hcm-and-payroll-software/ http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/never-underestimate-the-power-of-your-hcm-and-payroll-software/#respond Thu, 27 Dec 2012 09:14:24 +0000 http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=188 As the payroll administrator at Pekin Insurance, UltiPro has fundamentally transformed the way I interact with our employees. With all their personal information at their fingertips, Ultimate Software has enabled us to revolutionize the way we do business with our internal customers—our employees. UltiPro is efficient. Uploading files to the Payroll Gateway for bonuses and […]

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As the payroll administrator at Pekin Insurance, UltiPro has fundamentally transformed the way I interact with our employees. With all their personal information at their fingertips, Ultimate Software has enabled us to revolutionize the way we do business with our internal customers—our employees.

UltiPro is efficient. Uploading files to the Payroll Gateway for bonuses and deductions has never been so streamlined and intuitive. Turnaround time is amazing: finishing payroll on Tuesday puts money in our employees’ accounts by Thursday.

UltiPro is helpful. In addition to the multiple help and learning aids embedded in the software, there is a Rapid Response Hotline that is always available for those crucial moments.

UltiPro is personal. We can always rely on our dedicated Account Manager, Ingrid, for a quick and knowledgeable response. The tax team has been dedicated to working out any issues that have occurred. Payroll reconciliations are completed efficiently due to the reporting available to me. When I need help, my dedicated Ultimate representatives are there for me.

When we made the decision to switch to UltiPro, I never could have imagined the immense difference it has made to my life on an everyday basis.

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