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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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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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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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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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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pay insights

No matter an employee’s specific role in an organization, one topic is most likely top of mind: their paycheck. Ensuring people are paid accurately and on time is perhaps the most important aspect of running a successful business. But payroll administrators shouldn’t be the only ones who understand a paycheck. As more and more employees…

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Ultimate Software’s #12DaysofHCM has returned. Over the next two weeks, we’ll recap some of the most talked about topics from 2016, and preview what’s ahead for 2017. First up: onboarding.   Smooth Sailing from Day One Just as we do in our everyday personal lives—from online banking to one-click shopping—we expect fast, convenient experiences every…

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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…

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HCM’s Gone Global With innovations in technology and the rise of mobile workforces, more and more organizations are operating on a global scale. That includes Ultimate, as this year we opened an office in Singapore, expanding upon our existing international presence in Canada and the U.K. It’s a fact: HCM’s gone global. While that’s an…

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