Performance Management – Ultimate Software's Blog http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com Thoughts on Putting People First in the Workplace Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:00:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Social Recognition – Motivation for 21st Century http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/social-recognition-motivation-for-21st-century/ http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/social-recognition-motivation-for-21st-century/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2012 12:46:29 +0000 http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=134 How do you like to be recognized? How do you recognize others? In my previous company if someone went above and beyond, I sent a note to their manager and CC:ed them via email. And that was it. When someone sent me a “job well done” compliment to my inbox I saved it in my […]

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How do you like to be recognized? How do you recognize others? In my previous company if someone went above and beyond, I sent a note to their manager and CC:ed them via email. And that was it. When someone sent me a “job well done” compliment to my inbox I saved it in my “GOOD FOR YOU” folder (not kidding – it was really called this). If I was feeling disengaged, I would pull up that folder and bask in the glory of the work I had been recognized for the quarter before. If it was something really great, I might have been given a monetary reward or similar. Maybe this sounds familiar…

Fast-forward a few years and social networking is now mixed in with our workplace communication tools, providing us with yet another channel for communicating recognition. So how do you do this? How do you recognize your employees with social tools? And how do they want to be recognized? For some people a great and powerful motivator is public recognition. Now I use Yammer, our enterprise social networking tool, to let everyone know about the great job that one of my coworkers has done. Within Yammer, I can easily “Praise” any member of my Yammer network. I can also receive Praises from others as well. You can post the Praise to the whole network or to a specific group. And similarly in email, you can also copy their manager. The difference with Yammer, or social tools in general, is that the community has the opportunity to speak up and chime in as well as learn from what others are doing well.

Here’s why we’re so excited about our partnership with Ultimate. The Yammer and UltiPro integration takes the power of peer recognition a step further and feeds these praises right to your talent profile, providing for an ongoing, collaborative review process. I don’t know about you, but I’m instantly motivated and engaged when I know that my contributions to my team and organization are recognized. To learn more check out – Ultimate Software and Yammer Bring Together Collaboration and Workforce Performance Management.

So, the next time you go to give someone some recognition think about how to socialize it with the rest of your organization.  What are you doing today to make your reward and recognition programs 21st century? How are you keeping your employees engaged through these programs?  Please share!

 

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The Promise of Spring: New Growth, New Opportunities http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/the-promise-of-spring-new-growth-new-opportunities/ http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/the-promise-of-spring-new-growth-new-opportunities/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2012 12:22:52 +0000 http://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=114 Whether it is consumers empowered to interact directly with businesses on a platform like Twitter or citizens bringing their collective voices and stories to the world on social and political issues, technology has empowered people to connect and communicate in ways never imagined. And this is real power – not the technology – but unleashing […]

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Whether it is consumers empowered to interact directly with businesses on a platform like Twitter or citizens bringing their collective voices and stories to the world on social and political issues, technology has empowered people to connect and communicate in ways never imagined.

And this is real power – not the technology – but unleashing people to be able to connect and create.

What does that mean for HR & IT? More than you may think. Consumerization has become one of the most popular made-up buzzwords of 2012, as new information technology that emerges with consumers – Twitter and Facebook are great examples – begins to change the way we do business.

Cloud computing and freemium (try it for free, pay later) models mean IT has seen employees and business leaders bring new applications and devices directly into the workplace to help get work done – once significant barriers to entry for new solutions are not just reduced, they’re completely gone. IT organizations that are staying relevant are embracing this and helping lead the charge to empower people – helping their teams make good decisions, integrating systems in the Cloud, and adapting constantly. Is this limited to IT? Definitely not! This same trend is happening within HR.

And as with technology, the consumerization of HR is all about people. Not people as records, not people as employees, but the real people who make “work” happen. HR and the HCM applications that have been at the core must adjust to this new reality by being connected and reaching out, not just looking in. Instead of thinking about terms like ‘enterprise adoption’ we need to think in terms of ‘what tools do my people use right now’ and ‘where does the data I need already exist’. As I’ve talked to many of our customers, I’ve talked about Ultimate’s capabilities to help connect and empower whether that is through collaboration systems or other standard connectors. The point is serving people where they work and collecting information where it exists in order to inform both the individual and the business.

These are exciting times to connect, collaborate and create. We need HCM systems and HCM leaders that will look outward and embrace these changes.

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