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How to Change Toxic Work Culture

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Is your office plagued by politics, siloes and turf-wars? Are you finding the water-cooler conversations more dramatic than a daytime soap opera? Are your talented employees leaving for pastures new? If so, you may be in the midst of a toxic culture, and you need to sit up and pay attention.

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How Ultimate Software’s “People First” Workplace Culture Built Us

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There are days when you’re proud to be part of an amazing company—and then there are days when you’re beaming with pride. Today, we’re incredibly honored to announce that Fortune and Great Place to Work have ranked Ultimate Software #2 on the 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2020.

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How Managers Can Prevent Burnout in Their Teams

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In a world where two-thirds of the workforce are struggling with burnout and overwhelm , helping your people improve work-life balance has become an organizational imperative.

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Trading Silent Nights for Bundles of Joy: The Life-Changing Gift of Fertility Benefits

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In an effort to both do right by their people and recruit top talent, many employers of choice are doubling-down on employee-focused benefits such as flexible work schedules , unlimited paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and competitive 401(k) matches.

Does Your Workforce Have the Talent DNA for the Digital Future?

With the increasing adoption of automation and data-driven technologies, the workforce is changing rapidly — regardless of whether we’re prepared to face it. Keeping up with the velocity of change is vital to success, and that means building digital readiness into the DNA of your organization so your workforce is ready to face an uncertain and constantly changing future.

Diversity, Equality, and Belonging

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Throughout 2019, we saw a renewed focus on diversity, equality, and belonging in the workplace. While companies are continuing to embrace the value of diversity to improve their business, there are still critical steps that need to be taken to ensure full equality for all people at work.

Payroll System Innovation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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Recently, I co-presented a webinar to prospective customers about the “ Evolution and the Future of Payroll.” ” This was a very exciting event and I was very happy to participate. Afterwards, I had two thoughts.

Positive Impact Learning and Development

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Today on the blog, Janine Truitt dives into learning and development. From time to time, we invite guest contributors to provide their personal perspectives about trending HCM topics.

New Technologies Support Remote Work

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As technology evolves and employees seek increased flexibility, more and more companies are embracing remote work as a viable option for getting business done. And, as it turns out, enabling employees to work virtually is yielding positive outcomes for both people and companies.

What Would You Do With 87% More Free Time at Work?

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On this final day of the #12DaysofHCM, we bring you the gift of more free time at work. Recently, Lighthouse Research & Advisory studied survey responses from 1,000 employees.

2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

New Research: 2019 Remote Work Statistics

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The future of work is in flux. Emerging technology has enabled an “anywhere, anytime” workplace, and both employees and employers are reaping the benefits. According to the U.S.

How to Say “Thank You” To Payroll Professionals (& Why You Should)

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Payroll professionals are amazing. Before I started at Ultimate Software, I had a little bit (a very little bit) of payroll processing experience. Working at an accounting firm, I had helped small business owners complete their tax deposits and 941’s. (On On paper.)

Trending Soon 2020: Accessibility, Balance, and Adaptability

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Every year, about this time, my colleagues and I reflect on the experiences and circumstances that made the greatest impression on us thus far in 2019, how those forces have shaped our work-lives and those of our customers, and most importantly, we begin to think about what the coming year will hold for people and organizations across the globe. We also explore the major trends impacting industries and disciplines other than HR and relate those trends to the world of work. This year there are major socio-economic, geo-political and demographic forces at play that will radically affect our workforces and workplaces and require immediate and intentional action, even if the effects are not yet obvious. We are coming off a year in which companies realized the importance of addressing the well-being of their overloaded employees holistically, while simultaneously understanding and planning for the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In the coming year, we must extend our view further into the future—while grappling with a long-term labor shortage and dealing with a massive crisis in trust—to ensure our survival in the future of work. Consider that the majority of business leaders are focused on growth, while countries and organizations around the world are facing unprecedented numbers of unfilled jobs. What workforce will fuel the growth that we strive for? Smart technology, AI and robots will play a role, helping some sectors of the economy more than others. But in order to survive and thrive in the coming years, we will need to tap into new and underutilized workforce segments and empower them in uniquely humanistic ways. Focus on Accessibility. The world population is aging – a fact that will become one of the most significant social transformations of the twenty-first century in virtually every country in the world, impacting all sectors of society, including the workplace ( UN ). As the population ages, another workforce reality is emerging: many of us will age into disability. We’re now grappling with record-high labor shortages in Japan, Germany, coastal cities in China, and the U.S. (where we have a gap of more than 1.7 million jobs). Meanwhile, more than one billion people worldwide are currently unemployed or underemployed due to some form of disability. To enable this vast workforce, our organizations will have to make work truly accessible. In fact, as the number of organizations investing in D&I initiatives increases globally, we must now expand these programs to explicitly include non-traditional labor segments, such as ‘gig’ workers, returning retirees, and people with visible and invisible disabilities, and the neuro-divergent. We can no longer ignore or shut out a large portion of the workforce if we are to meet the needs of our businesses and customers. Organizations will need to invest in technologies that can augment and compliment the capabilities of diverse groups of people while making their workplaces, and transportation to these workplaces, fully accessible. Central to this effort is to extend the scope of “accessibility” to include access to new opportunities , which makes inclusion, not just accommodation, critical. Organizations will want to redefine work to be more fluid and flexible to meet the requirements of more people including generalists, specialists, gig workers, retirees, remote and virtual workers. This could mean introducing cyclical or intermittent work, which is not the same as seasonal work, or lifecycle-based assignments and compensation. Organizations must do more to attract and select diverse and disabled individuals based on actual job requirements, and provide significantly better accommodations so that all employees can contribute to their full potential. The impact of diversity and inclusion initiatives are clear: Improved innovation, productivity, and overall business outcomes. Balance Transparency and Data Privacy. What makes these investments in accessibility more challenging and critical is that, across the globe, we are in a period of increasing uncertainty and decreasing trust in our institutions, the media, and many governments. With nowhere else to turn, people are ultimately placing their trust in their employers (Edleman Trust Barometer, 2019). This is a huge responsibility for organizations, who risk losing talent if they cannot strike the right balance between providing employees with the transparency, candor and open communication that foster trust, and the mounting pressure to be less open to protect the data and privacy of people at work. Add to this the movement to support “employee data control/ownership as a human right”, and organizations are often woefully unequipped to successfully and legally balance the needs of all parties. This disconnect is evidenced by the growing number of complaints, fines, and lawsuits connected to these issues currently making headlines. HR will have to lead organizations in navigating these murky waters— even in Europe, where data privacy is better defined, notable ambiguity remains in how to meet regulations. Policies and programs will need to be updated continuously as regulations and their complexity and scope increase, communication will have to be clear and consistent, and information and systems will have to be both secure and accessible to all. Build an Adaptive Workforce. For organizations to become more accessible and fluid, so all people can thrive and be productive in an environment of trust and belonging, new adaptive skills and capabilities will have to be developed in our workforces. Though there has been recent discussion in HR circles about the need for adaptable organizations, little focus has been placed on the need to develop an adaptive workforce. I believe that the sole emphasis on transforming the organization is misplaced. We must build adaptability into our workforce by ensuring that we identify and develop those skills essential to flourishing in the ever-changing environment that is the modern workplace. We pay lip service to the new critical professional skills, such as self-awareness, empathy, and resilience, but little action has been taken to establish these as the primary skills to gauge how a person will contribute to and impact an organization. Too many business leaders and recruiters prioritize technical skills, while new entrants to the workforce have so much more to offer and contribute. People want to be recognized for their contributions and want to learn adaptive skills that will enable them to continuously have a positive impact on their organizations and communities. Unfortunately, we are underserved in tools to quantify impact and contribution. It is a lot for us to grapple with, and 2020 is the year in which we have to do it. So much is at stake in human and financial terms, and our organizations will not survive—much less evolve—without taking note of and affecting change. This is the time for us to step up; protecting our people’s privacy at the same time being more open with them; making work accessible technologically, cognitively, and physically; and ensuring we develop and value adaptability in our people, essentially putting all people first in every way. 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Giving the Gift of HR Service Delivery

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Today’s world moves fast. Lightning fast. And as a result, we all have pretty strong aversions to anything that takes too long. Back in 2012, retail customers reported that 5 to 10 minutes was the longest they would be willing to wait in line. That was seven—almost eight!—years years ago.

How to Activate Employee Voice to Create and Sustain a Speak Up Culture

This whitepaper details how leaders can shift into an ‘action mindset’ that allows for growth and change at every level of your organization. Speak Up cultures promote productivity, improve retention efforts, and create positive employee engagement.

Defining Your Company’s Core Values

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How would you define your company culture? What are the elements, traits, and pillars that describe a typical day for your employees—whether they work at headquarters, a regional office, or from home, maybe thousands of miles away?

Consumer Data Protection Laws: What You Need to Know

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With the rate at which technology has been advancing, it was perhaps inevitable for the law to lag behind.

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The 80% Blind Spot: Are You Ignoring Most of Your Organization’s Data?

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Decision-makers love data. In fact, in the sixth annual “ Big Data Executive Survey ” representing senior executives from 57 large corporations, 99% of responders reported transitioning to a more data-driven culture and a full 97.2% had invested in Big Data and AI initiatives.

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Key Considerations for Creating Compelling E-Learning Content

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As you’re putting together e-learning content for your organization, try leveraging these tips to create some truly remarkable results. Work Smarter, Not Harder.

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The Art of Selecting Candidate Pre-Hire Assessments

Speaker: Melissa Dobbins, Founder & CEO, Career.Place

At the core of successful hiring practices is the fair and accurate evaluation of skills, abilities, knowledge and other criteria for a job. One powerful method to do this is through psychometric assessments. The right assessments used in the right way provide objective evaluation of criteria that are far more accurate than interviews alone. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong assessments or using assessments in the wrong way can lead to bad choices, biases, and even discriminatory practices that violate compliance standards.

What is HR Data Analytics & How Do We Leverage It?

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Data is now the most valuable currency in the world. But in contrast to the murky ethics of sourcing and selling consumer-driven data , leveraging internal HR data analytics to make better workforce decisions has been a key Human Resources best practice for decades.

Can AI be Ethical?

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Should I Get Certified? The Importance of HR Certification

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Human resources professionals aren’t required to earn HR certifications, but in many cases, getting certified is a valuable investment in your long-term career. How do you determine whether an HR certification is the right choice for you? Should I get an HR Certification?

Employment Law 2020: Are You Prepared and Protected?

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It’s a brand-new decade, and employment law changes are occurring at a breakneck speed right alongside technological innovation. Trends and best practices in employment law have evolved dramatically in recent years, and it can be hard for HR practitioners to keep up.

Recognition and Rewards Buyers Guide

Recognition and rewards are an integral part of your company’s employee experience. So, it’s critical to get a platform that fits your company culture on the first try. Check out this guide to understand what questions to ask before finding a new Recognition & Rewards platform.

Are You Supporting Your Remote Employees?

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According to a worldwide study, approximately 70 percent of global employees worked remotely at least once a week in 2018 , while 53 percent telecommuted closer to half the week.

A Week of Service with Rebuilding Together Helps Change Lives Forever

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Having been a part of Ultimate Software from the very beginning of our 29-year history, I’ve been privileged to share in so many amazing and memorable experiences. While every day still feels like I’m living a dream, some days really stand out.

The Work Anywhere/Any Time Workplace

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From time to time, we invite guest contributors to provide their personal perspectives about trending HCM topics. The views, opinions, and comments expressed below are solely those of the author and do not represent Ultimate Software.

The 3 Signs of Healthy Employee-Manager Relationships

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What’s sunshine without a little rain? Belly laughs without an occasional tear? The magic of Wi-Fi, without the soul-crushing defeat of a family member picking up the landline while you’re trying to connect to dial up? Any 90’s kids in here?).

Year in Review: Talent Acquisition in 2019 & the 2020 Impact

The year 2019 in talent acquisition was full of key learnings and insights that you can leverage in order to start 2020 ahead of the recruiting pack. This report walks you through core trends to continuously examine as you plan your recruiting strategy for 2020 and beyond.

Why Vision and Culture Eat Strategy

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I’m a big fan of Edgar Schein’s pathfinding research into the business and human value of a strong culture. In our current disturbing social pattern of divisiveness that devolves into incivility, one of the surest ways to sink the corporate ship is a destructive workplace culture.

An Employee Perspective: The Work-Changing Magic of Letting Go

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There’s a cultural tradition that takes place during our new hire orientation here at Ultimate Software. In a ballroom with 100 or so other new UltiPeeps, we are asked a simple yet pervasive question: “What negative experience from an old job do you still hold onto?”.

Diversity: The New Workforce

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The below post is an excerpt from Cecile Alper-Leroux’s, VP of HCM Innovation at Ultimate Software, new book, From Dissonance to Resonance: Bringing Your People and Organization into Sync.

In Her Words on #InternationalWomensDay: Brooke Henderson

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At Ultimate Software, we’re proud to partner with incredible female athletes who are working relentlessly to change the world and chase their dreams.

5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.

Where to Find Ultimate Software, PeopleDoc at HR Tech 2018

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It’s that time of year!