Ultimate Software – Ultimate Software's Blog https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com Thoughts on Putting People First in the Workplace Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:49:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Live From #HRTechConf 2017: AI and the Future of HR https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/live-hrtechconf-2017-ai-future-hr/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/live-hrtechconf-2017-ai-future-hr/#respond Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:31:34 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1119 “Artificial intelligence (AI) is the number-one technology you can’t afford to miss.” These powerful words came from Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, as he led the “Looking Ahead: Where Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning May Take the Next Generation of HR” panel on Thursday, October 12, the second-to-last day of […]

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“Artificial intelligence (AI) is the number-one technology you can’t afford to miss.”

These powerful words came from Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, as he led the “Looking Ahead: Where Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning May Take the Next Generation of HR” panel on Thursday, October 12, the second-to-last day of the 2017 HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas.

Ultimate Software Xander demo at HR Tech Conference 2017Mueller was not alone in his sentiment. AI and machine learning took center stage at the conference this year, with multiple sessions and panels dedicated to the burgeoning technology and its expected impact on HR and HCM. Subject-matter experts from organizations across HR tech agreed on AI’s revolutionary capacity, common problems facing developers, and opportunities for industry leaders to incorporate these futuristic technologies into their solutions.

AI-related topics such as Big Data, advanced analytics, natural language processing (NLP), and blockchain technologies were also discussed.

Many Ultimate Software representatives were invited to participate in panels and lead sessions, including Vivian Maza, chief people office; Adam Rogers, chief technology officer; Cecile Alper-Leroux, vice president of HCM innovation; Armen Berjikly, senior director of strategy for workforce intelligence; Moritz Sudhof, principal data scientist; Jarik Conrad, senior director of HCM innovation, and Yasmary Diaz, engineering team owner.

Joseph Cutrono, manager of innovation strategy, and his team also participated in the conference as competitors in the annual HR Tech Hack-a-Thon. In just 48 hours, Cutrono’s team built a functional platform to help managers effortlessly evaluate competencies in their workforce and efficiently forge new teams based on desired skill set, emotional fit, salary requirements, and more. Audience polling confirmed Ultimate’s solution won by a landslide, both for the feature the audience would most like to have and what’s most likely to be incorporated into future HCM solutions.

While many session and panel discussions were speculative and future-focused, Ultimate’s representatives were able to speak on AI-powered solutions that are presently available. During the conference, Ultimate announced and demoed Xander™, its groundbreaking, “People First” AI platform that underlies UltiPro®’s ability to understand, predict, prescribe, and act on workforce data. Named after innovator Alexander Graham Bell, who improved relationships and brought people closer together using the technology of the telephone, Xander is the next frontier of meaningful people management (and, therefore, organizational success).

Coupling advanced NLP capabilities with machine learning, Xander can analyze open-ended text and decipher more than 100 emotions, 70 workplace themes, and overall sentiment with better-than-human accuracy. It’s as sensitive to emotions as it is to statistics, helping leaders to understand not only what their employees are saying, but how they’re actually feeling. Robust predictive capabilities can forecast everything from performance to retention, and prescriptive functions take this even farther by offering managers step-by-step recommendations at the most crucial decision-making points—all based on experience and what’s worked well in similar situations.

“Xander isn’t designed to replace people,” said Berjikly during the demo. “It’s designed to understand them and help them do their jobs better.”

Stay connected to @UltimateHCM on Twitter for ongoing updates and coverage from this year’s #HRTechConf.

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The Ultimate HR Tech 2017 Preview https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/hr-tech-2017-preview/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/hr-tech-2017-preview/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:35:15 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1115 The 20th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition (HR Tech 2017) is just days away, and Ultimate Software will be joining the thousands of HR professionals, tech innovators, and industry experts convening in Las Vegas to explore the latest advancements in HCM and preview what’s to come. If you’re heading to HR Tech this year, […]

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hr tech 2017The 20th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition (HR Tech 2017) is just days away, and Ultimate Software will be joining the thousands of HR professionals, tech innovators, and industry experts convening in Las Vegas to explore the latest advancements in HCM and preview what’s to come. If you’re heading to HR Tech this year, here’s where you can expect to find Ultimate on each day of the premier conference.

Tuesday, October 10 | Women in Tech
Highlighting the first day of HR Tech are two discussions sure to engage attendees, and inspire the industry at large. Join Ultimate’s Vice President of HCM Innovation, Cecile Alper-Leroux, and a panel of executives for “Women Leaders in Technology.” They’ll share personal stories of trials and triumphs in tech, and provide insight into how companies can create workplace cultures that empower women and organizations to succeed.

Also on Tuesday is the panel “Finding, Supporting, and Developing the Next Generation of Women Technology Leaders,” featuring Ultimate’s Chief People Officer, Vivian Maza, and Yasmary Diaz, an engineering team owner at Ultimate. Viv and Yasmary will join other industry experts to talk about the impactful practices leading HR tech companies have implemented to recruit, develop, and retain women in a variety of roles.

Wednesday, October 11 | Data-Driven HCM
On a jam-packed day two, you’ll find Ultimate’s Chief Technology Officer, Adam Rogers, and Jason Dorsey, president and co-founder of The Center for Generational Kinetics, presenting “Multi-Year Study Results Revealed: Surprising Drivers of the Employee Experience.” Discover new, enlightening research on what really drives employee engagement.

Also, Armen Berjikly, senior director of workforce intelligence at Ultimate, and a panel of experts will dive into a discussion on data and HCM analytics, attempting to answer the all-important “What do we do now?” question once an organization has access to millions of insightful data points. Don’t miss “Take That for Data! Reflections on Analytics, AI, and the Devaluing of HR Pros.”

Then, join Armen and Ultimate’s Principal Data Scientist, Moritz Sudhof, as they demonstrate Ultimate’s “People First” artificial intelligence platform, Xander™. This exclusive demo will showcase how Xander powers UltiPro®’s solutions to automatically understand, predict, and prescribe personalized actions from all relevant HCM data—from text to demographics.

Finally, on Wednesday, catch Cecile Alper-Leroux and Mark Simpson, vice president of human resources at Texas Roadhouse, as they discuss “Quantifying the Financial Value of HR Transformation: Speaking C-Suite and Business Leaders’ Language.” Hear strategies on how HR can become catalysts for organizational change and earn executive “buy-in” for technology-purchase decisions.

Thursday, October 12 | HR Tech Hackathon
Experience the exciting results of the Third Annual HR Tech Hackathon, one of the conference’s can’t-miss events. Teams of skilled engineers and developers will have only 48 hours to design and build a brand-new solution to help solve some of HR’s greatest challenges. Be there Thursday to see the created solutions and applications in action. You can even cast a vote for your favorite.

Friday, October 13 | Ideas from Innovators

The final day of HR Tech 2017, Ultimate’s Senior Director of HCM Innovation, Jarik Conrad, and a group of “Ideas and Innovators in HR” will share their cutting-edge concepts for companies of all sizes. Leave HR Tech with a new outlook and an inspirational list of initiatives you can start implementing to support your people and your business.

All Week | Relax, Recharge, Stay Connected

With HR Tech 2017’s wall-to-wall agenda, you’ll probably want to take a few minutes throughout the week just to rejuvenate. Be sure to visit Ultimate’s Relaxation & Recharge station located right outside the exhibition hall, where you can enjoy a free massage and charge up your mobile devices. And remember to visit Ultimate at Booth #1619 to say hello, learn more about our solutions, and enter to win some great giveaways.

If you can’t attend HR Tech 2017, or just want to stay connected during the conference, remember to follow Ultimate on social media—including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter—for live updates and continuous coverage.

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Confidently Navigating Uncertainty in the Healthcare Industry https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/hr-healthcare-industry/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/hr-healthcare-industry/#respond Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:32:11 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1104 Today’s HR leaders in the healthcare industry must be more agile than ever before, adapting to a variety of evolving policy, technology, and structural changes that continue to redefine the industry. In a world of widespread consolidation and ever-changing governmental guidelines, healthcare organizations must also cope with the shift to value-based reimbursement and steep competition […]

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hr healthcare industryToday’s HR leaders in the healthcare industry must be more agile than ever before, adapting to a variety of evolving policy, technology, and structural changes that continue to redefine the industry. In a world of widespread consolidation and ever-changing governmental guidelines, healthcare organizations must also cope with the shift to value-based reimbursement and steep competition for skilled talent. The good news is that HR technology can be a huge help. This post will detail some of the challenges and how HR technology can overcome those obstacles.

Despite the high cost of property management and machinery, labor is undoubtedly the most significant operating expense for most healthcare providers. For hospitals, salary costs often consume more than half of total operating revenue, and for smaller practices, this percentage can be even higher. Clearly, the need for strategic operations is paramount for today’s healthcare HR leaders as they navigate unique talent management challenges in a highly stressful and fast-paced field.

Recruiting in the Healthcare Industry

More than any other industry, healthcare HR leaders are faced with the importance of hiring highly skilled employees—with life-or-death consequences. High salaries and a shortage of specialized talent compound recruiting pressure. Despite fierce competition, managers must take their time during the hiring process to ensure candidates are a good match based on experience as well as behaviors, motivations, and aspirations—qualities that are more effective at determining long-term fit and success.

Retention and HR Technology

While replacing a lower-level hourly employee can cost just 16% of their salary, replacing a highly trained employee—like a doctor—can cost up to two times their annual salary. The implications of high turnover in healthcare can be disastrous, both financially and in terms of declining patient-care quality.

Fortunately, advancements in predictive and prescriptive analytics can harness the power of Big Data to identify everything from high performers to flight risks. These data-driven insights allow healthcare HR leaders to strategically target at-risk employees and take action to engage and retain them.

Compliance Made Easier with an HCM Partner

U.S. healthcare legislation continues to change with little notice, and healthcare HR leaders must be increasingly responsive to ensure compliance and avoid hefty penalties. Choosing an HCM partner with proven healthcare expertise and adaptability can be a lifeline for providers, who can then rely on receiving updates and the necessary knowledge, tools, and services to face any challenges presented by new regulations.

Flexibility Through Human Resources Technology

For healthcare providers, time-consuming HR processes are a significant drain on resources when what’s really needed is seamless flexibility to adjust to industry upheavals. Unified, cloud-based solutions allow leaders to easily scale talent management, addressing a variety of HR needs without increasing workload. The result is significant cost savings, improved accuracy, and personalized assistance and specialized advice through every step of the employee lifecycle.

To learn more about how healthcare organizations have overcome their human resources challenges, take a look at these real-life case studies:

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U.S. Wrestlers Capture World Title in Latest #UltimateTeamMoment https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/u-s-wrestlers-capture-world-title-latest-ultimateteammoment/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/u-s-wrestlers-capture-world-title-latest-ultimateteammoment/#comments Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:11:24 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1099 Today’s #UltimateTeamMoment proves wrestling isn’t always an individual sport. Read how a team of eight elite athletes from the U.S. men’s freestyle wrestling team put aside their college rivalries to compete for America. In the end, six wrestlers brought home medals and, together, the team won its third world title—Team USA’s first in more than […]

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Today’s #UltimateTeamMoment proves wrestling isn’t always an individual sport. Read how a team of eight elite athletes from the U.S. men’s freestyle wrestling team put aside their college rivalries to compete for America. In the end, six wrestlers brought home medals and, together, the team won its third world title—Team USA’s first in more than two decades.

Close-Knit U.S. Wrestlers Turn in Ultimate Team Effort in Paris for First Team Title in 22 Years

With six of eight wrestlers medaling, the U.S. men’s freestyle team won its third team world title ever.

By Craig SeskerUltimate Team Moment USA Freestyle Wrestling

 

PARIS – Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder, Iowa’s Thomas Gilman, and Penn State’s Zain Retherford competed for three of the best college wrestling teams in the country this past season.

Snyder and Retherford finished their junior seasons with national titles, while Gilman completed his standout career as a three-time All-American.

This summer, the three elite wrestlers became teammates with even bigger goals.

This wasn’t about scarlet and gray, black and gold, or blue and white.

This was all about the red, white, and blue.

Snyder, Gilman, and Retherford were teammates on Team USA for the world championships. And they were part of a men’s freestyle wrestling squad that had an ultimate team moment on the international level when they won the men’s freestyle team title on Saturday in Paris.

“We’re all loyal to our college programs, and that won’t change,” Gilman said. “But when we compete for our country, we’re all about winning for the United States of America. We live in the greatest country in the world, and we’re proud to represent it.”

Even though wrestling is considered mostly an individual sport, as athletes pursue titles in their own weight classes, the team aspect also is important. That was evident when a close-knit U.S. squad captured its first team title in 22 years in dramatic fashion at AccorHotels Arena.

Snyder, an Olympic and world champion, edged Olympic and two-time world champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russia 6-5 in the final match of the tournament at 97 kg. That broke a 53-53 tie in the team race and gave the U.S. an exciting one-point win over Russia.

Champions in each weight class are awarded 10 points, with silver medalists earning nine points and bronze medalists collecting eight apiece. American Jordan Burroughs won his fourth world title. Gilman and James Green earned silver medals, with Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox and first-time world team member Nick Gwiazdowski adding bronze medals.

“During training camp, we talked about wanting to win the team championship. I wanted to have that championship trophy in my hands,” Burroughs said. “It’s a goal all eight guys on the team had. We knew it was going to be a tough battle with Russia. It’s so awesome to finally win this.”

Gilman comes from the tough, hard-nosed Iowa Hawkeye program, where they have an us-against-everybody-else mentality. But Gilman’s perspective changed after making his first world team this year.

“I learned so much being around the other guys on the world team this summer—it really helped a lot,” Gilman said. “Being around Olympic and world champions like Jordan Burroughs, Kyle Snyder, and Logan Stieber helps a lot. You can pick their brains and ask them questions, and you can watch how they train and go about their routines. It’s great having a chance to do that.”

Many of the wrestlers on the world team battled each other in practice. Burroughs and Retherford trained together, as did Snyder and Gwiazdowski.

Green also embraced the team concept.

“These guys not only are my teammates, but we’re close friends and we have a tight bond on this team,” he said. “We get along great, and we support each other and pull for one another. That makes a big difference in a tough, grueling sport like wrestling.”

The matchup between Snyder and Sadulaev lived up to all the pre-match hype. Snyder erased deficits of 3-1 and 5-3 en route to the win in a battle of mega-talented 21-year-olds. Snyder scored a dramatic takedown with 24 seconds remaining to win 6-5 in a thrilling bout in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 8,000 fans. Snyder pounded his chest in celebration while Sadulaev collapsed on the mat and held his hands over his eyes.

“I wasn’t even that nervous—I was more excited than anything,” Snyder said. “I put every ounce of energy I had out on the mat.”

For the first time since 1995, and for only the third time, the U.S. won a world team title in men’s freestyle wrestling.

“It couldn’t have been a more hyped-up situation with everything coming down to the last match and the team title on the line,” Snyder said. “It was an amazing day.”

For Burroughs, it was the first time he had been a part of a team championship on the international level.

“It was huge to win against Russia in the finals with the team title on the line,” Burroughs said. “I came in here wanting to win the team championship, and our guys really came through. It was awesome to be a part of a great team with a bunch of great guys.”

The six U.S. medals in Paris were the most by an American team since the 1995 squad won six medals at the world championships in Atlanta. That was the last time the U.S. won the team title. The other title came in 1993.

Bill Zadick guided the U.S. to the title in his first season as the program’s national freestyle coach.

“This team was very talented, but also very close-knit as well. We had great chemistry, on and off the mat,” Zadick said. “When you do it with eight athletes, and a lot of people dedicating their lives and committing everything they do to this sport, it is pretty amazing.”

Craig Sesker is a sportswriter based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has covered three Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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Workplace Culture: HR Spark Episode 2 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/workplace-culture-hr-spark-episode-2/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/workplace-culture-hr-spark-episode-2/#comments Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:00:51 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1096 “You get a huge increase on your investment when listening to people,” said Vivian Maza, chief people officer at Ultimate Software, during the second episode of Ultimate’s new Web series HR Spark. “Leadership has to be empathetic to people—showing a little bit of empathy and trust in your people goes a long way, and it […]

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workplace culture“You get a huge increase on your investment when listening to people,” said Vivian Maza, chief people officer at Ultimate Software, during the second episode of Ultimate’s new Web series HR Spark. “Leadership has to be empathetic to people—showing a little bit of empathy and trust in your people goes a long way, and it goes two-fold. Take care of them, and they’ll take care of the company.”

Viv was joined by Jack Klott, vice president of HR for Independent Bank, and Jeff Waldman, SocialHRCamp founder, for a roundtable discussion on tangible steps companies can take to effectively improve workplace culture—and why they should want to.

For one, companies on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list enjoyed stock market returns three times greater than the market average from 1998 to 2015. In addition to a stronger financial performance, these culture-rich companies achieve impressive long-term performance records, higher customer and patient satisfaction ratings, and lower levels of voluntary turnover.

It’s clear that workplace culture has a far-reaching impact on many key performance indicators. But how exactly can HR leaders improve workplace culture at their organizations?

Tune in to hear Jack discuss the key changes Independent Bank has made in the past 24 months and the impact these tactics have had on retaining top talent, changing the mindset of employees, and separating the bank from its competition in recruiting the best people. Adding to Jack’s message, Jeff explains the positive correlation between employee experience and customer experience, and how companies can think beyond salary and benefits to engage and inspire their people. Finally, Viv shares her thoughts on why Ultimate has made Fortune’s Best Companies list six years in a row, and how new survey tools are making continuous improvement to workplace culture possible.

Watch the latest HR Spark episode now to learn more.

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National Payroll Week: Tell US Who Deserves an Extra Paycheck, We’ll Tell You Why Payroll Rocks https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/national-payroll-week-extra-paycheck/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/national-payroll-week-extra-paycheck/#comments Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:17 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1091 Payroll. It’s perhaps the only business function that affects every single employee and is a standard need of businesses both big and small, regardless of industry. This week is National Payroll Week, and Ultimate Software is asking you to #PayItForward with our #PayrollCounts giveaway. In honor of the amazing professionals who process payroll, we’d like […]

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Payroll.

It’s perhaps the only business function that affects every single employee and is a standard need of businesses both big and small, regardless of industry. This week is National Payroll Week, and Ultimate Software is asking you to #PayItForward with our #PayrollCounts giveaway. In honor of the amazing professionals who process payroll, we’d like to give an extra paycheck to someone who brings their all to the workforce every day. Here’s your chance to recognize a co-worker who consistently goes the extra mile, is a great team player, or has really come through during crunch time! Simply tag your nominee in a comment on our Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn posts and share why you feel they deserve an extra paycheck. You can also make your nomination by replying to our Twitter post. To learn more about why we’re honoring payroll, read on.

Not wholly HR, not fully finance, payroll is its own separate entity responsible for a variety of crucial operating functions. Even the smallest oversight can result in costly ramifications, not to mention the immediate and far-reaching consequences of consoling a litany of unhappy employees (or perhaps the IRS). With this vital emphasis on accuracy and nearly non-stop calculations, it’s no wonder that on average, 35% of an entire HR department’s time is spent handling payroll inquiries alone.  Thinking beyond the next processing date—much less evaluating year-over-year payroll trends—becomes difficult, if not impossible.

Fortunately, this oversight is changing. Business leaders worldwide are recognizing payroll’s full potential, and in 2017, 57% of executives agreed that employee compensation is becoming more important to them. It’s now understood that payroll’s function goes far beyond direct deposits and compliance; it holds a wealth of powerful data that can both actively guide decision-making and boost corporate performance.

Technological innovation is at the heart of this evolution, as unified, cloud-based HCM solutions provide a high degree of automation to streamline workflows and administrative overhead. Today’s best-in-class solutions have transformed payroll from its laborious past into a hassle-free, paperless, people-focused function where time collection, pay, and withholdings are calculated instantly, regardless of such complexities as overtime, tips, multiple job codes, or garnishments. Everything is in a single system of record, eliminating numerous inefficiencies and ensuring seamless integration between payroll and third-party providers.

Some solutions provide even further configurability. UltiPro®, for example, leverages the fastest payroll engineroll  in the industry, processing a variety of different pay combinations based on unique business needs. Compliance needs are continuously updated, as are tax calculations.

The result? Administrative costs (and efforts) are dramatically decreased, accuracy is enhanced, and personnel are free to focus on serving their people and applying payroll’s wealth of business intelligence metrics towards pursuing long-term organizational goals.

Indeed, payroll is perhaps the richest source of human capital data in any organization, and trend analyses can do everything from determine appropriate salary ranges to target compliance issues or diversity concerns. Every single data point, from average 401(k) contributions to teams with disproportionate levels of turnover, can be used to glean a strategic understanding of the workforce and offer illuminating insights into trends and areas of improvement. Leaders are empowered to make deliberate, unbiased, data-backed decisions that maximize their organization’s growth and efficiency.

Finally, payroll can be used as an opportunity to connect with employees, building trust through real-time transparency and improving engagement through ease of use and mobile access. It is truly a powerful resource for every organization, ready to reach its strategic potential with a front seat at the executive table.

Every day, and especially this week, we honor the people behind payroll. The ones who are committed to ensuring payroll runs smoothly week after week, and hard-working people are paid accurately and on time, every time. So, help US #PayItForward and share on social how and why #PayrollCounts.

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HR for Manufacturing Companies: How Today’s Tech Can Help https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/tech-helps-hr-for-manufacturing-companies/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/tech-helps-hr-for-manufacturing-companies/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:00:35 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1076 The manufacturing industry contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016 and accounted for 11.7% of its GDP. On its own, U.S. manufacturing is considered the 10th largest economy—in the world. It’s also one of the largest U.S. employment sectors, accounting for 9% of the workforce and 12.3 million employees. With such a heavily […]

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HR for manufacturing companiesThe manufacturing industry contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016 and accounted for 11.7% of its GDP. On its own, U.S. manufacturing is considered the 10th largest economy—in the world. It’s also one of the largest U.S. employment sectors, accounting for 9% of the workforce and 12.3 million employees. With such a heavily populated workforce—many of whom are hourly employees, union members, or scattered throughout the country—it’s not surprising that manufacturing HR leaders face a variety of complex, industry-specific challenges. Thankfully, today’s technology solutions are increasingly alleviating these challenges.

To compete in today’s global economy, manufacturing companies must find innovative ways to strategically manage their human capital, streamline procedures, and attract investors. Fortunately, just as manufacturers are taking advantage of technology to improve their development and production, today’s HR solutions optimize the latest technological advancements to help manufacturing HR leaders recruit, train, and manage their employees.

Here’s an overview of some of the most common challenges in HR for manufacturing companies.

Recruiting difficulty

The sheer number of positions to be filled often poses challenges for manufacturing recruiters, and this problem is expounded by the industry’s widening skills gap. Deloitte predicts that from 2015 to 2025, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be needed, but 2 million of these will go unfilled due to a serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly skilled production positions. Already, 40% of manufacturers are citing the lack of skilled talent as a primary roadblock to investing in technology that could improve their businesses and products.

With talent shortage comes steep competition. Traditional recruiting systems can be tedious, repetitive, and complex, making it difficult for candidates to engage and often causing frustration and dropout. Many companies lose candidates during the process without even realizing it. But by making it easy for candidates to provide information and actually interact with prospective employers, manufacturers can attract the best talent and encourage them to apply—especially younger workers, who are sorely needed in manufacturing.

Compliance complexities

With an abundance of shift and union workers, overtime, and geographically dispersed employees, manufacturing payroll can be highly nuanced and brimming with complexities. Employers must consider shift premiums, overtime, and union membership while keeping track of constantly changing federal, state, and local taxes for each employee.

Seasonal work and turnover

Transitions in HR for manufacturing companies occur frequently due to seasonal changes, acquisitions, and mergers. The industry is also experiencing a significant increase in turnover as talent shortage provides more competition and opportunities for skilled workers.

Proactively managing talent with meaningful and unbiased metrics is crucial for manufacturers, as is identifying top performers and potential flight risks. By utilizing a variety of reporting, analytics, and business intelligence tools, managers can gain complete insight into headcount, turnover, and recruitment to make the most informed and strategic workforce decisions.

Click on the links below for some examples of how manufacturing companies have overcome their HR challenges:

Kawasaki (http://www.ultimatesoftware.com/UltiPro-Case-Study/Kawasaki)

HOLT CAT (http://www.ultimatesoftware.com/UltiPro-Case-Study/HOLT-CAT)

Armacell (http://www.ultimatesoftware.com/UltiPro-Case-Study/Armacell)

 

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Partner with Your People: Scott Shares His Entrepreneurial Advice with Fortune https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/scott-scherr-entrepreneurial-advice/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/scott-scherr-entrepreneurial-advice/#comments Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:05:36 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1048 At Ultimate Software, we put people first. Period. We owe a lot of that to the example set by our CEO, Scott Scherr, and his commitment to not only taking good care of his employees, but treating them as true partners. Scott recently shared his words of wisdom in a guest post for Fortune, discussing […]

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At Ultimate Software, we put people first. Period. We owe a lot of that to the example set by our CEO, Scott Scherr, and his commitment to not only taking good care of his employees, but treating them as true partners. Scott recently shared his words of wisdom in a guest post for Fortune, discussing some of the perks that set Ultimate apart—like our 40 percent no cap 401(k) plan and guaranteed company equity—and how other entrepreneurs can foster their own people-first culture. In Scott’s words, “take care of everyone, every day, and they’ll return the favor many times over.” Check out the piece on Fortune, or read more below:

Why the Most Successful Companies Think Like Sports Teamsscott scherr

Note: this post originally appeared on Fortune’s Insiders Network

Everything I know about building a business, I learned from my father. As a kid in the Bronx, I watched him build a successful company from the ground up. His straightforward approach to business just made sense: The people were there to take care of the business, and the business was there to take care of the people.

Many young entrepreneurs focus mainly on the business plan, profit margins, and mastering the investor pitch. While all of that matters, it’s important to remember the fundamental questions: What kind of company do you want to run? And who do you want to help you build that business?

Remembering my father’s advice helped guide Ultimate from day one: Take care of everyone, every day, and they’ll return the favor many times over. To me, the “secret sauce” isn’t in the best-laid marketing plans—it’s in having the right team to execute on them.

Here are a few ways you can foster business growth and success by focusing on your people:

Make a big investment in your people

In our early days, one of my “non-negotiables” was 100% paid-for health care benefits for employees and their families, and 401(k) matching for every employee. That’s uncommon for startups today (only 14% of companies with 100 or fewer employees offer a 401(k) plan) and it was virtually unheard of 27 years ago.

Think of the ways you can walk the talk so your employees know you’re truly invested in them. Catered lunches and group celebrations help preserve your culture, but remember what cultivates your core values. Maybe it’s flexible hours or generous PTO to support employees’ work-life balance. Running a successful business has many highs and lows. But when you’re relentless in putting your people first, they’ll continue on the journey with you, weathering the good times and bad.

Think like a (sports) team

As a former athlete and lifelong fan, I see many connections between sports and business. The best teams that consistently win are not simply teams with good players. Championship teams have the best players and are coached by leaders who are fully committed and know how to get the most out of their players who are equally focused. Not every person you hire has to be a star athlete or accomplished coach, but it helps to have that team mentality.

Every person counts and must be working toward the same goal. No matter what business you’re in, if you find and keep the best, most committed talent, and coach them, you’ll make it to the playoffs every year—and bring home championships.

Promote from within

When businesses are looking to grow, they’ll usually look to the competitive market to find top talent. However, many times, the best people are already on your team. Focus on building leadership from within, rather than hiring the first outsider with the right skill set, but who may not be a cultural fit. Your existing employees have a greater knowledge of the company, a deeper connection to its values, and a more personal investment in its long-term success (especially when you’ve shown you’re invested in theirs). Developing your current people also helps foster stronger relationships and business growth as your employees build their careers with your company. Some of Ultimate’s highest-ranking—and most successful—people were our very first employees.

The business strategies that work best often seem simple, but they’re also the most powerful. Like I learned from my father: Your people keep you inspired, and keep your business moving forward. To achieve continued success as an entrepreneur, keep your eye on what matters most. Always remember to invest in your people first.

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U.S. Triathletes Take Silver, Look to Tokyo in Today’s #UltimateTeamMoment https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/u-s-triathletes-take-silver-look-tokyo-todays-ultimateteammoment/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/u-s-triathletes-take-silver-look-tokyo-todays-ultimateteammoment/#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:00:37 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1070 In today’s #UltimateTeamMoment, read how a tight-knit group of U.S. triathletes worked together in the recent ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships in Germany to take the silver medal. Building off the momentum of its strong performance in Hamburg, the confident team now sets its sights on Tokyo and the triathlon mixed relay’s 2020 Olympic […]

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In today’s #UltimateTeamMoment, read how a tight-knit group of U.S. triathletes worked together in the recent ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships in Germany to take the silver medal. Building off the momentum of its strong performance in Hamburg, the confident team now sets its sights on Tokyo and the triathlon mixed relay’s 2020 Olympic debut.

U.S. Triathletes Bask in Ultimate Team Experience in Winning Mixed Relay World Silver Medal

Triathlon mixed relay will make its Olympic debut in 2020 in Tokyo.

By Doug Williams

 

As Matt McElroy was warming up to race Sunday, he was having trouble keeping to his normal routine.

For the first time in his career, McElroy was part of a team event, the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. Scheduled to do the anchor leg for the four-person U.S. team, McElroy couldn’t pry his eyes from the nearby course or the giant video board as he warmed up.

“I was cheering and I was warming up, and I was cheering and I was trying to get into the zone and focus on what I needed to do,” said McElroy, 25. “Normally when you’re racing for yourself, to get ready for your race, you try to block out those elements of who you’re going to race and what’s going on. … You’re in your zone. But in this case, I was cheering and getting updates.”

When McElroy finally got into the race, he did just fine. Following strong performances from Kirsten Kasper, and 2016 Olympians Ben Kanute and Katie Zaferes, McElroy crossed the finish line second to earn silver for the U.S., just behind Australia.

Each team consists of two men and two women, who alternately negotiate a short course—300-meter swim followed by seven-kilometer bike and 1.6K run—and tag the next teammate for his or her leg. The fastest combined time wins.

For McElroy and Zaferes, it was a chance to try something new. Neither had ever taken part in the mixed relay, an event that will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has held the championship event each year since 2009. This was just the third time the U.S. has medaled. The Americans took bronze in 2013 and gold in 2016, when Kasper and Kanute teamed with 2016 Olympic champion Gwen Jorgensen and Olympian Joe Maloy.

Zaferes, like McElroy, wanted to try it before the Tokyo Games to see if it suited her. Each gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up.

“It’s fun and exciting and it feels like a little more’s on the line because you don’t want to disappoint your team or your country,” said Zaferes, 28. “It’s so fun to have the camaraderie between teammates, because sometimes—because of Olympic selection and things like that—the USA athletes are the ones you’re most competitive with. But in the relay, you’re all working for the same goal.”

Kasper did the first leg and had the U.S. tied with Australia when she tagged Kanute. Kanute put his team out in front, along with France, when Zaferes’ turn came. Her strong third leg produced a lead for McElroy. He was caught on the swim—his weakest leg—by Canada’s Alexis LePage, but then fought back on the bike to catch him. The two briefly worked together in the lead, until the Canadian crashed, leaving McElroy about 6K to cycle on his own, without drafting help, while the pack behind him could gain while rotating leaders.

“By the time I got to the run, I had dead legs from cycling by myself, and these guys caught me,” said McElroy. “Their energy was saved because they efficiently rotated on the bike.”

Australia finished in one hour, 22 minutes, and 38 seconds, four seconds ahead of the U.S. The Netherlands took bronze, five seconds back.

Zaferes said doing the relay was one of the most enjoyable events she’s ever experienced. She thinks it’s a terrific addition to the Games’ 2020 lineup, not just for the athletes, but the fans, who get to see a fast duel of teams over a short course.

“The format itself is exciting and fun,” she said.

She said she’d been “timid” to try it, but is glad she did. Getting to compete with men and women was a kick. It takes an ultimate team effort and everything to go right to get to the medal stand.

“It was nail-biting,” she said, “but it was definitely fun. He (Matt) did a great job and it was great we got to watch together (at the end), me, Kirsten, and Ben, all cheering together.”

McElroy says it makes a fun change-of-pace from individual racing. He said he hadn’t felt that sense of team since he ran cross-country for Northern Arizona.

“I went in pretty blind, and then, what I realized, is that the crowd and the athletes—because there was this team aspect—got way more into the race,” he said. “There was more pressure involved, more tactics involved. This type of racing was honestly better than racing for myself.

“To be excited for someone other than yourself, to see them do good and then have that impact your result … it’s really a great feeling.”

 

Doug Williams covered three Olympic Games for two Southern California newspapers and was the Olympic editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has written for TeamUSA.org since 2011 as a freelance contributor on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

 

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10 Places to Find Ultimate this Quarter – Q2 2017 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/10-places-find-ultimate-q2-2017/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/10-places-find-ultimate-q2-2017/#comments Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:00:25 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=1063 Earlier this year, we shared the first post in our new “10 Places to Find Ultimate This Quarter” series, designed to showcase the latest Ultimate Software mentions and news in the HR community. Check out the latest places to find Ultimate: At #SHRM17, HR expert and influencer Mike Haberman experienced UltiPro Perception™ for the first […]

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Earlier this year, we shared the first post in our new “10 Places to Find Ultimate This Quarter” series, designed to showcase the latest Ultimate Software mentions and news in the HR community. Check out the latest places to find Ultimate:

  1. places to find ultimateAt #SHRM17, HR expert and influencer Mike Haberman experienced UltiPro Perception™ for the first time. He shared his thoughts on the product and the importance of development and learning in his post, Future Friday: Lessons from the SHRM conference.
  2. Adam Rogers, chief technology officer at Ultimate, explained why trust matters at work and how technology can help. Read his post on Janine Truitt’s blog.
  3. Maren Hogan, CEO and founder of Red Branch Media, attended and spoke at our San Antonio Workshop. She discussed the event in her post, Ultimate Workshop Learns: Why Roadshows Resonate with HR.
  4. HR Influencer Sharlyn Lauby recently explored the impact of employee discount programs and taxes on recruiting and candidate experience. The article Recruit Better: Employee Discount Programs and Taxes features Ultimate’s Kellie Jones, senior director of products.
  5. In Giving a Voice to the Voiceless with Technology, Janine Truitt describes how survey tools incorporating AI and sentiment analysis can help organizations effectively listen to and act on employee feedback.
  6. Janine also included US in one of her Ask Czarina Live Periscope events where she highlighted the importance of managers and organizations listening to employees. Tune in for her insights and applicable use cases.
  7. HR consultant and expert, Sabrina Baker, shared a guest post from Adam Rogers on the Top 5 Ways HCM Software Supports Your Small Business.
  8. Jennifer Miller, leadership development consultant and influencer, featured Cecile Alper-Leroux, vice president of HCM innovation at Ultimate, in her recent InPower Coaching article, “Leadership Tips for the Modern Fluid Workforce.”
  9. Jennifer McClure, founder of Unbridled Talent, recently celebrated 100 DisruptHR locations. As she continues to encourage HR disruption worldwide, Ultimate is pleased to participate, share, and sponsor these great events including DisruptHR San Diego and DisruptHR Detroit.
  10. Employment lawyer Kate Bischoff, of Thrive HR Consulting, provided her expertise and best practices on how to create an employee handbook that people actually want to read in a recent post, Employee Handbooks: Your Ultimate Guide.

For the latest Ultimate news, updates, and happenings, visit www.ultimatesoftware.com, look for Ultimate on your favorite HR blogs, or connect with US on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

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