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Business Performance Toolkit for the Real Estate Industry

From HR and payroll to compliance and talent management organizations within the real estate realm need a unified a single-source solution.

From HR and payroll to compliance and talent management organizations within the real estate realm need a unified a single-source solution. When it comes to human capital management (HCM) needs, the real estate industry is uniquely poised to take advantage of a variety of functions to better manage their workforce.

Industry leaders have already made the switch and are experiencing benefits such as:
  • Increased productivity and collaboration among employees, managers, and executives
  • Better handling of unique and complex calculations
  • Fewer requests to IT, HR, and payroll departments
Leveraging a unified HCM solution, industry leaders can take advantage of higher levels of speed, control, and flexibility, especially when managing thousands of employees across hundreds of locations. This toolkit looks at three industry leaders and the benefits they are experiencing by switching to an all-in-one people management solution. Discover how a best-in-class solution can benefit your organization.

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Business Performance Toolkit for the Real Estate Industry

How can Comprehensive People Management Solution Help?

All-in-one People Management Tools Help Streamline Processes

When it comes to human capital management (HCM) needs, the real estate industry is uniquely poised to take advantage of a variety of functions to better manage an evolving workforce. From HR and payroll to compliance and talent management, organizations within the real estate realm need a unified a single-source solution.

It’s vital that organizations are up-to-date on changing compliance trends in all locations they manage properties and that their people can access information they need, regardless of where they are. Often having locations throughout the country or internationally, companies within the real estate industry also need a comprehensive solution that supports business intelligence reporting as well as mobile capabilities for immediate, role-based access to information from any location.

While that may seem like a tall order, a best-in-class cloud-based solution can handle all of these functions and more. Industry leaders have already made the switch and are experiencing benefits such as:
  • Increased productivity and collaboration among employees, managers, and executives
  • Giving managers meaningful employee data by running reports for themselves
  • Providing your employees with role-based access to important information
  • Better managing unique and complex calculations
  • Decreased requests to HR and payroll departments, freeing up time to focus on higher-level projects
  • Increased employee morale due to a better employee experience

By leveraging a unified HCM solution, industry leaders can take advantage of higher levels of speed, control, and flexibility, especially when managing thousands of personnel across hundreds of locations. These benefits lead to happier managers and more engaged employees.

This toolkit looks at industry leaders and the benefits they are experiencing by switching to an all-in-one people management solution. Discover how a best-in-class solution can benefit your organization.



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Western National Property Management

Enhancing Business Intelligence with Comprehensive Cloud-HCM

Western National Property Management (WNPM) manages more than 23,000 units throughout California, Utah, and Nevada. The company is an arm of Western National Group, a fully integrated multifamily acquisition, development, construction, and property management firm.

WNPM was frustrated with the limitations they encountered with the payroll service bureau and in-house payroll application they had been using. The company’s previous systems lacked the business reporting, functionality, and flexibility that required them to take its workforce operations to the next level. The firm began a search for a new vendor that could provide a comprehensive solution with end-to-end functionality for HR management.

Ken Hodges, WNPM’s vice president of IT, reports that since going live with a cloud-based solution, the company has identified and addressed specific workforce issues before they escalate by using detailed reporting. Hodges’ team also has bridged technical gaps between the HR and payroll departments as well as leveraged flexible set-up with hundreds of business rules that are applied automatically.

Before, their employee services teams had difficulty generating certain reports because they didn’t have a real-time reporting tool that could integrate the two different systems for HR and payroll. With a comprehensive HCM solution, data and processes are connected in one solution, and users can run standard reports or create up-to-date, ad hoc analytics in minutes.

Having all employee-related data centralized in one solution has resulted in multiple time-saving benefits. Managers can view complete details about their staff—such as compensation history, performance review dates/results, job and training histories, and more—all without contacting HR or payroll. Employees can make requests for vacation time, print W-2s, and view their current or historical pay details.

“We have employees in many locations. Previously they needed to contact HR and payroll, sometimes outside of normal business hours, to get questions answered. Now, they can quickly get those answers themselves with employee self-service. Our HR and payroll teams are providing better service while dedicating more time and effort to higher-level activities,” said Hodges.

Hodges and his team are minimizing errors and the need for manual intervention with flexibility to manage hundreds of unique issues and exceptions. For example, because employees may work in different divisions in the same pay period, they may receive their salary based on either a percentage of the department or division in which they work or based upon the hourly rate of the job in that particular division.

A best-in-class solution can perform these complex calculations and allocations, including those related to worker’s compensation, benefits, and taxes, even if the workers are in different municipalities in the same pay period.

"Our HR and payroll teams are providing better service while dedicating more time and effort to higher-level activities.”
— Ken Hodges, Vice President of IT




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General Growth Properties

Leveraging Cloud-Based Solutions for Better Employee Experience

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, General Growth Properties (GGP) is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. Offering a mix of some of the most popular and unique retailers in the world.

One of GGP’s defining elements is its strong company culture, with employees centered at the company’s foundation. Kathy Stover, director of human resources at General Growth Properties, regards people as the primary force of the business.

“Everyone who works at GGP is very passionate about what we do and how we can bring this enthusiasm to the communities that we support,” said Stover. “Definitely a central part of our culture is nurturing the employee experience, and we want to provide our people with technology that will engage them and that they will enjoy using.”

Cloud-based people management tools provides organizations with a full suite of HCM functionality, highlighted by an extremely accessible user experience. According to GGP, a contemporary user experience has led to increased adoption, productivity, and collaboration among employees, managers, and executives.

“Our cloud-based solution is the first place that our new employees go, and having a positive, engaging first impression of GGP through the solution is a reflection of who our company is,” said Stover. Their recruiting solution is an exciting example of this, especially the way the solution is focused on the candidate experience rather than the recruiter experience. The gamification elements make it unique and fun, and the interface removes the typical difficulties that applicants can face.”

Many organizations rely on several systems to manage, track, and plan a range of HR, payroll, and talent management operations. This often leads to increased complexities, inconsistent or inaccurate data, and ongoing business challenges.

“Having a single solution for our HCM is an immense win for us that not only benefits our HR teams, but employees and managers as well,” said Stover. “Instead of our employees having to contend with multiple logins for multiple systems, we are leveraging a comprehensive tool as the go-to place for a range of information that everyone can access at any time. Plus, on the HR side, we have experienced tremendous time savings by eliminating manual entry, administration, and reconciliation. For example, it used to take three full-time people to handle our processes for talent acquisition.”

“Having a single solution for our HCM is an immense win for us that not only benefits our HR teams, but employees and managers as well.”
— Kathy Stover, Director of HR




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HHHunt

Consolidating HCM Solutions to Drive Business Value

HHHunt is a diversified regional leader in real estate development, building and management with residential communities in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland. With primary offices in Virginia, and Raleigh, NC, HHHunt employs over 1,900 people in the areas of community development, home building, apartment development/management, senior living development/management and community management.

Prior to switching to an all-in-one solution, the company used construction-accounting software to process its payroll, and a separate system to manage benefits. The separate housing of payroll and benefits data made even limited reporting a challenge to produce.

As a company dedicated to growth, with 90% of the company’s profits reinvested into the business, HHHunt recognized that a modern HCM solution was a critical part of its future. The company sought to consolidate its systems, gain access to robust and in-depth business intelligence, and optimize its recruiting and onboarding process.

“The consolidation of all our employee information into one system has been a gamechanger for our organization,” said Sarah McHugh, HR systems manager at HHHunt. “Managers have meaningful employee data at their fingertips, and the employees themselves have real-time access to their personal information. In this new world, HR has been able to move beyond tactical paper processing, and we are a better strategic partner with the business units, offering resources such as recruiting and training.”

According to McHugh, the company’s unified data in the solution, plus the ease with which managers can run reports, has also removed manual, time-consuming tasks from HR.

“We have layers of reporting capabilities now, compared with the old system when just two people in HR could write reports,” said McHugh. “Managers can now run standard reports for themselves, such as an address list or a birthday list. Furthermore, because the solution’s Business Intelligence is easy to learn and use, we have broadened the pool of people in HR who can write tailored reports, and we have tools available when we need advanced options.”

“Our location and office managers wear many hats, and ‘HR liaison’ is just one of their responsibilities,” McHugh said. “With an onboarding tool, new employees can fill out their required forms at home before they start, eliminating the managers’ responsibility for document collection. In addition, employees are able to move into orientation quickly on their first day, speeding their time to productivity and bringing managers the help they need.”

With these and other resource savings delivered by a comprehensive solution, HHHunt has been able to follow through on its brand promise to be employee-centered, committing to the well-being of each employee.

“Managers have meaningful employee data at their fingertips, and the employees themselves have real-time access to their personal information.”
— Sarah McHugh, HR Systems Manager




Conclusion

In the real estate industry, there is a good chance that your people are in multiple municipalities. And it is necessary to empower your people, keeping your HR and payroll teams free from constant requests during non-business hours. On top of this, you need to ensure that you are staying in compliant in every city, state, and country of operation.

A best-in-class people management solution can be the answer you need to elevate your HR and payroll departments, while giving your employees role-based access, whether they’re in the office or on-the-go. Industry leaders are already seeing a huge return on their investment, and there's never been a better time to explore your options.

About UltiPro®

More than 4,100 organizations have selected UltiPro as their human capital management software of choice. Industry leaders have relied on UltiPro to serve their people management needs for more than a decade from HR and payroll to talent and time management. Ultimate Software has a proven track record of best-in-class functionality and unparalleled customer service.
  • Streamline, consolidate, and enhance your payroll processes to maximize strategic impact.
  • Capture real-time employee information based on a plethora of demographics to stay at the forefront of industry trends.
  • Easily integrate with third-party systems, including point-of-sale systems, 401(k) providers, and more.
  • Manage your global employees’ HR/payroll data from anywhere with 24-7 online access.

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