#12DaysofHCM – Ultimate Software's Blog https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com Thoughts on Putting People First in the Workplace Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:32:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Finding New Ways to Put #PeopleFirst https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/improve-company-culture-12daysofhcm/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/improve-company-culture-12daysofhcm/#respond Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:00:54 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=787 Year-end marks the perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months, and look to the many opportunities ahead. What goals have you accomplished this year, and what more will you set out to achieve next? At Ultimate Software, we’re committed to creating a company culture in which we put people first in all we […]

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improve company culture. There are countless ways to put people first and make a difference for others. Share your thoughts today using #PeopleFirst. See more by reading our #12DaysofHCM blog series.

Year-end marks the perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months, and look to the many opportunities ahead. What goals have you accomplished this year, and what more will you set out to achieve next?

At Ultimate Software, we’re committed to creating a company culture in which we put people first in all we do, every day. That means we’re always considering how we can do more to help more people—from delivering hundreds of new UltiPro® features and updates each year to implementing a collaborative support model for our customers.

In 2016, we launched our #PeopleFirst social campaign so we could all share what “People First” means to each one of us, and show how we put others first in our daily lives.

What will you do in 2017 to positively impact people? How will you improve company culture to put #PeopleFirst?

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The Future of Employee Feedback – #12DaysofHCM https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/get-employee-feedback-12daysofhcm/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/get-employee-feedback-12daysofhcm/#respond Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:00:06 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=779 Employees everywhere are talking, but are we listening? The need for organizations to actively listen to their people is at an all-time high, with three-quarters of American workers saying they’re more likely to stay with a company longer if their concerns are heard and addressed, according to a study this year by The Center for […]

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get employee feedback. 75% of employees say they are more likely to stay with a company longer if their concerns are heard and addressed. Learn more on the #12DaysofHCM series.

Employees everywhere are talking, but are we listening?

The need for organizations to actively listen to their people is at an all-time high, with three-quarters of American workers saying they’re more likely to stay with a company longer if their concerns are heard and addressed, according to a study this year by The Center for Generational Kinetics.

The good news? Advances in employee-survey solutions now make it easier to collect, analyze, and act upon employee feedback—including open-ended responses—efficiently and effectively. Technology that combines natural language processing and machine-learning algorithms can analyze text-based feedback, enabling organizations to not only hear what employees are saying, but also measure how they truly feel about work.

We can learn a lot from our people. Organizations that take active steps in 2017 to get employee feedback, hear, and address concerns could see positive impacts on culture, performance, and retention.

 

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Taking Time for Everyday Celebrations – #12DaysofHCM https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/celebrating-work-12daysofhcm/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/celebrating-work-12daysofhcm/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:00:14 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=785 Though we often talk about the importance of recognizing the “big picture,” it’s also important to remember the “little things.” At Ultimate Software, we believe achievements take all forms, and we make it a point to celebrate our people’s accomplishments year-round, both in their professional and personal lives. We recognize and laud individual, team, and organizational […]

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79% of the American workforce believes it's necessary to have fun at work. Learn more on the #12DaysofHCM series. celebrating at work.

Though we often talk about the importance of recognizing the “big picture,” it’s also important to remember the “little things.”

At Ultimate Software, we believe achievements take all forms, and we make it a point to celebrate our people’s accomplishments year-round, both in their professional and personal lives. We recognize and laud individual, team, and organizational successes such as meeting business and financial goals. We celebrate life events—birthdays, marriages, and new additions to our family. We celebrate holidays throughout the year. We celebrate everyday events, from a colleague’s return from vacation to the successful launch of a companywide initiative for employees. Most of all, we have fun celebrating together.

Throughout the coming year, take some time to have fun and celebrate the little things at your organization. It can have a big impact on your people.

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Measuring, Improving Employee Engagement – #12DaysofHCM https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/understanding-employee-engagement-performance-12daysofhcm/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/understanding-employee-engagement-performance-12daysofhcm/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:00:27 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=770 The need for understanding employee engagement in the workplace continues to increase. Fortunately, the ways of effectively assessing it continue to increase as well. Today’s HCM analytics technology can help organizations of all sizes identify and predict potential top performers and flight risks, and even measure individual employees’ engagement levels. Right now, many organizations are […]

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Higher workplace engagement leads to:
37% lower absenteeism
41% fewer safety incidents
41% fewer quality defects. Learn more on the #12DaysofHCM blog series.

The need for understanding employee engagement in the workplace continues to increase. Fortunately, the ways of effectively assessing it continue to increase as well.

Today’s HCM analytics technology can help organizations of all sizes identify and predict potential top performers and flight risks, and even measure individual employees’ engagement levels.

Right now, many organizations are sitting on a wealth of workforce data—up to 16 million data points. Those companies already applying Big Data to HR are experiencing the benefits, with HR teams four times more likely to be respected by their business counterparts for data-driving decision making, according to Bersin by Deloitte.

If you’ve been unsure about using predictive analytics tools in your organization, there’s perhaps no better time to start reaping the many rewards.

Is 2017 the year you finally embrace Big Data and harness the full power of HCM analytics?

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Giving in the Community – #12DaysofHCM https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/socially-responsible-workplaces-12daysofhcm/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/socially-responsible-workplaces-12daysofhcm/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=782 Though we all may face unique challenges throughout the year, it’s important to remember all in life that we are fortunate to have—and especially how we can give to those who are less fortunate. There are countless ways to give back year-round, such as volunteering time in the community or donating to non-profit organizations and […]

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socially responsible. 85% of employees are more likely to stay longer with an employer that shows a high level of social responsibility by supporting charitable causes, volunteering in the community, and/or taking a stand on social issues. Learn more on the #12DaysofHCM series.

Though we all may face unique challenges throughout the year, it’s important to remember all in life that we are fortunate to have—and especially how we can give to those who are less fortunate.

There are countless ways to give back year-round, such as volunteering time in the community or donating to non-profit organizations and causes.

Each year at Ultimate Software, for example, in lieu of a companywide gift exchange for the holidays, we partner with Kids In Distress to provide gifts to hundreds of children in our local communities. Ultimate employees have the opportunity to support each child by purchasing toys on his or her personal wish list. The gifts are then delivered to the children in time for the holidays.

The Angel Tree is an annual tradition our employees look forward to each year. As you plan for 2017, think of the ways in which you and your employees can give to others and be socially responsible.

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The Evolving Performance Review – #12DaysofHCM https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/performance-appraisals-12daysofhcm/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/performance-appraisals-12daysofhcm/#comments Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:00:14 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=765 One topic of continued discussion in 2016 was performance appraisals — mainly, what to do about them. Perhaps the key to implementing engaging and effective performance reviews is starting with a process that’s convenient and productive for all people involved. Instead of a once-annual, one-way talk, have a meaningful, two-way conversation throughout the year. Start […]

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71% of employees say open communication with their manager contributes significantly to job fulfillment. See more on the #12DaysofHCM blog series.

One topic of continued discussion in 2016 was performance appraisals — mainly, what to do about them.

Perhaps the key to implementing engaging and effective performance reviews is starting with a process that’s convenient and productive for all people involved.

Instead of a once-annual, one-way talk, have a meaningful, two-way conversation throughout the year. Start with goal setting, and then plan for routine check-ins and interactive chats on progress. Empowering employees with the ability to track goals, share accomplishments, give feedback, and complete reviews via their preferred devices also helps keep the conversation flowing while providing a more dynamic—and convenient—process.

When it comes to impactful performance reviews in 2017, and in the years ahead, success means keeping the conversation going.

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Learning, Growing – #12DaysofHCM https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/professional-development-12daysofhcm/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/professional-development-12daysofhcm/#respond Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:00:29 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=763 This past August, Ultimate Software partnered with The Center for Generational Kinetics and surveyed more than 1,000 American workers across generations and industries about key factors influencing employee satisfaction and engagement at work. Among the notable findings, the survey revealed that 73 percent of employees think the opportunity for professional development is necessary to feel […]

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73% of employees think the opportunity for professional development is necessary to feel satisfied at work. See more on the #12DaysofHCM blog series.

This past August, Ultimate Software partnered with The Center for Generational Kinetics and surveyed more than 1,000 American workers across generations and industries about key factors influencing employee satisfaction and engagement at work.

Among the notable findings, the survey revealed that 73 percent of employees think the opportunity for professional development is necessary to feel satisfied at work. Today’s professionals want to continue learning, and they expect full support in their quest for knowledge.

For organizations, that means thinking beyond basic job training. It means offering employees flexible opportunities for learning, such as consumable, on-demand courses that can be completed from mobile devices, as well as technology that facilitates collaborative learning practices and communities.

By providing a person-centric approach to learning, organizations stand to not only develop their people, but also grow their business.

 

Related:

Jay Kuhns: “Try”

 

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Stay tuned to the #PeopleFirstPodcast – #12DaysofHCM https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/top-hr-podcast-12daysofhcm/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/top-hr-podcast-12daysofhcm/#respond Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:47:45 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=786 In 2016, we launched our very first HR Podcast – the #PeopleFirstPodcast. This eight-episode podcast series aimed to help HR professionals thrive in their careers, and in the HCM cloud. Throughout the year, powerful industry voices—such as Steve Browne, Jennifer McClure, Robin Schooling, Janine Truitt, and Michael VanDervort—joined leaders from Ultimate Software to provide invaluable insights […]

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hr podcast. #PeopleFirstPodcast features topics like culture, UX, onboarding, change management, and the employee experience. Listen now on YouTube and iTunes. Learn more on the #12DaysofHCM series.

The #PeopleFirstPodcast features topics like culture, UX, onboarding, change management, and the employee experience. Listen now on YouTube and iTunes. Learn more on the #12DaysofHCM series.

In 2016, we launched our very first HR Podcast – the #PeopleFirstPodcast.

This eight-episode podcast series aimed to help HR professionals thrive in their careers, and in the HCM cloud. Throughout the year, powerful industry voices—such as Steve Browne, Jennifer McClure, Robin Schooling, Janine Truitt, and Michael VanDervort—joined leaders from Ultimate Software to provide invaluable insights on a variety of HCM-related topics.

Listen now on our website or YouTube, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and learn ways to improve culture and impact your business; help managers become better leaders; create a “People First” user experience; take care of your people through compliance technologies; positively influence the candidate, onboarding, and employee experiences; and effectively implement change within an organization.

In 2017, we look forward to providing additional resources to help improve HR, organizations as a whole, and the greater community. Stay tuned!

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Leading into 2017 – #12DaysofHCM https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/leadership-manager-12daysofhcm/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/leadership-manager-12daysofhcm/#respond Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:36:31 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=776 In their best-selling book, First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman write, “People don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.” It’s simple, it’s true, and it highlights the importance of ensuring managers have the insights and support they need to be effective leaders within your organization. […]

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a manager must be a good leader “People don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.”—Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. See more in the #12DaysofHCM series.

“People don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.”—Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. See more in the #12DaysofHCM series.

In their best-selling book, First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman write, “People don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.” It’s simple, it’s true, and it highlights the importance of ensuring managers have the insights and support they need to be effective leaders within your organization.

When mapping out your plan for a successful 2017, consider the role today’s technology can play in building tomorrow’s leaders. If 2016 was the year you embraced predictive analytics, go a step farther in 2017 with prescriptive analytics.

Maybe a manager has identified a future top performer who has the potential, but needs an engagement boost. Prescriptive analytics help managers answer the all-important question of “what next?” and then take the right actions to better connect with—that is, better lead—employees.

In a true win-win for your organization and your people, both manager and employee benefit from this renewed focus on development and engagement.

 

Related:

#PeopleFirstPodcast – Helping Managers Become Better Leaders

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Resolve to Get Organized – #12DaysofHCM https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/org-chart-12daysofhcm/ https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/org-chart-12daysofhcm/#respond Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:39:59 +0000 https://blog.ultimatesoftware.com/?p=760 When we think of New Year’s resolutions and talk about goals of “getting organized,” we probably picture cleaning our workspace or filing away documents. This coming year, consider taking a closer look at the org chart. No matter the size of the organization, an accurate and readily available org chart is invaluable. It provides organizational […]

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org chart UltiPro by Ultimate Software helps employees see the big picture #12DaysofHCM

When we think of New Year’s resolutions and talk about goals of “getting organized,” we probably picture cleaning our workspace or filing away documents. This coming year, consider taking a closer look at the org chart.

No matter the size of the organization, an accurate and readily available org chart is invaluable. It provides organizational transparency, which helps build trust, and it enables employees to literally see how they fit into the “big picture,” which helps increase engagement. Moreover, knowing who’s on staff, what they do, and where they work helps facilitate collaboration among teams and even across departments. Org charts help us view an individual as the initial point of reference rather than the highest point in the formal hierarchy.

So, when was the last time you really looked at the org chart? Will 2017 be the year you finally “get organized”?

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