Here are the next steps in the Kronos, Ultimate Software merger


About six months ago, HCM giants Kronos and Ultimate Software announced they would merge in a record, industry-changing merger valued at $22 billion. 1, the newly formed company will be called UKG, standing for Ultimate Kronos Group, the organization announced this week.

Making Connections at the Ultimate Software User Conference

marenated HR

By Maren Hogan: You might already know this, but I’m currently running around Connections 2018, Ultimate Software’s user conference in Las Vegas. However, I can’t help but stop for a moment and reflect on the cutting-edge things Ultimate Software has been working on. Not Your Mama’s Workforce Management. Ultimate Software is taking their “People First” motto to a whole new level with their newly launched, mobile-friendly UltiPro Workforce Management solution.


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Inspired By People

Ultimate Software

At Ultimate Software, we’re inspired by people. It’s why we started our company more than 26 years ago, when we recognized an amazing opportunity to put people first: to provide the “ultimate” HR and payroll software that would inspire people in the workplace and empower them to achieve more. We wake up every day thinking of new ways to care for our people and to make Ultimate not just a great place to work, but a second home. Culture Ultimate Software

Industry experts break down the Ultimate-Kronos mega-merger


and Ultimate Software recently announced they are soon to become one (the new entity’s name will be announced soon, according to the company), reactions were swift and varied to the projected $22 billion marriage. Image credit: Ultimate Software). When Kronos Inc.

New Performance-Management Rankings


The performance-management process — why employees and managers tend to hate it so much, ideas for improving it — weighs heavily on the minds of many HR leaders. Plenty of software vendors are eager to sell solutions they claim will make performance management less painful and more effective. The seven vendors are classified as Leaders and High Performers. performance management performance management products

“People First” in Action

Ultimate Software

Organizations expect leaders to manage business outcomes through the performance management process. However, recent research has shown that performance management ratings are not accurate predictors of actual business performance—meaning, ratings have zero correlation with business unit performance. It also means giving leaders performance management tools that add value.

How Managers Can Prevent Burnout in Their Teams

Ultimate Software

Here’s how managers can prevent burnout in their teams without risking overall performance. And lest you fear this freedom leads to apathy, data suggest remote workers are, on average, exceeding manager expectations and excelling in their roles.

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Learning, Growing – #12DaysofHCM

Ultimate Software

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. Related: Jay Kuhns: “Try” The post Learning, Growing – #12DaysofHCM appeared first on Ultimate Software's Blog. Employees Human Resources Performance Management

Previewing the Top-Three HR and HCM Megatrends for 2018 – #12DaysofHCM

Ultimate Software

Stay tuned for an in-depth analysis of all three, and insight into how organizations can remain ahead of these HCM trends, coming soon to Ultimate Software’s blog. Ultimate Software’s #12DaysofHCM is back by popular demand! The post Previewing the Top-Three HR and HCM Megatrends for 2018 – #12DaysofHCM appeared first on Ultimate Software's Blog. Performance Management Technology #12DaysofHCM

Learning Leadership Strategies from Successful Leaders – #12DaysofHCM

Ultimate Software

This past summer, Ultimate Software launched HR Spark , a Web series designed to ignite ideas for your people and your business. Join Bill Hicks, Ultimate’s chief relationship officer, as he travels across North America for insightful conversations about leadership development. They share some of their most successful management strategies and the key takeaways they’ve learned in over two decades of leading people.

Discipline vs. Performance – Spotting the Differences and Finding Solutions

Ultimate Software

The views, opinions, and comments expressed below are solely those of the author and do not represent Ultimate Software. This post was commissioned by Ultimate Software and the author has or will receive compensation for their work. Being able to tell misconduct apart from poor performance isn’t necessarily rocket science. But the differences often confuse managers, and that can cause missteps when they’re addressed. Poor Performance.



Changing The World – The Forefront of Reinventing HR

Ultimate Software

The reason I joined Ultimate Software three years ago was to pioneer a change in an industry that was ripe for a better way to do things. Thankfully, Ultimate Software’s customers have had predictive analytics available to them for some time, so we are on the forefront of reinventing HR. Most literature suggests that 5-10% of a company’s employees are actually high performers. Most commented that high performers are “more productive” than their peers.

The 3 Signs of Healthy Employee-Manager Relationships

Ultimate Software

And while I’ve been spared from any true nightmare bosses , my experiences have allowed me to deeply appreciate the leaders I’ve worked with here at Ultimate Software. Is it just me, or is employee engagement usually talked about primarily as a pain point for managers?

The Future of Employee Feedback – #12DaysofHCM

Ultimate Software

Organizations that take active steps in 2017 to get employee feedback , hear, and address concerns could see positive impacts on culture, performance, and retention. The post The Future of Employee Feedback – #12DaysofHCM appeared first on Ultimate Software's Blog. Human Resources Performance Management #12DaysofHCMEmployees everywhere are talking, but are we listening?

The Evolving Performance Review – #12DaysofHCM

Ultimate Software

71% of employees say open communication with their manager contributes significantly to job fulfillment. 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. The post The Evolving Performance Review – #12DaysofHCM appeared first on Ultimate Software's Blog.

HRExaminer v10.60

HR Examiner

The Ultimate Software, Kronos Merger Plus, 9 Trends that are Shaping AI and Intelligent Tools in HR Tech. On HR Tech Weekly : Stacey Harris and John Sumser analyze the big news; Ultimate Software and Kronos have merged to create an HR Tech powerhouse.

Do You Need Your Manager? Surprising Research Findings – #12DaysofHCM

Ultimate Software

You’ve heard the adage, “People don’t leave companies, they leave managers.” But what if your manager didn’t exist? workers, a shocking 80% said they could do their jobs without their managers. Surprisingly, employees who were managers themselves were even more likely to say this than employees with no direct reports! The post Do You Need Your Manager? Surprising Research Findings – #12DaysofHCM appeared first on Ultimate Software's Blog.

How Managers Can Strengthen Team Connections During Times of Change

Ultimate Software

Whether navigating challenging circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic or positive ones like unprecedented periods of growth, managers have the ability to proactively strengthen team connections during times of change. Let us know how you’ve managed in the comments below! The post How Managers Can Strengthen Team Connections During Times of Change appeared first on Ultimate Software Blog. Culture Employee Experience Performance Management

Paying It Forward: A Reminder to Be the Difference Maker

Ultimate Software

I was enrolled in the Management program at the University of Georgia, and she taught Business Statistics. I did change my major to statistics, and here I am, almost 30 years later, still practicing it every day at Ultimate Software with our customers. This feature helps managers to identify and record the actions they are taking to support flagged employees. By simply enabling these features, you can empower managers to be the difference makers for all of us.

Data-Based Strategies to Recognize, Reward, & Retain High-Potential Employees

Ultimate Software

Developing high-potential employees is crucial for priming future leaders and improving organizational performance while building a culture that fosters growth from within. Additionally, not knowing who your top performers are — and whether you’re at risk of losing them — is a significant liability. By promoting the wrong people, we lose valuable individual contributors to management roles and risk losing other top performers to competitors.

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More Employees are Voluntarily Leaving Jobs – What it Means for HR

Ultimate Software

Assisted by unbiased metrics, today’s managers have increased insight into their teams’ performance and can better determine which individuals might be thinking about leaving. New employee feedback software is empowering organizations to do just that. These solutions not only help managers collect valuable employee feedback, they also measure how people truly feel about their jobs, teams, leaders, and organization as a whole.

The Reengineering of the Workforce

Ultimate Software

The transformation of the workplace—relinquishing many of the entrenched work and leadership structures that many companies and HR leaders hold dear, such as org charts and hierarchical management roles, in favor of promoting more fluid ways of people working—is a sea change that, unfortunately, has not gained widespread momentum. Layers of management and delegation authority slow down the required speed and flexibility of work. Business Intelligence Performance Management

Cornerstone to buy talent management developer Saba


Consolidation in the benefits and HR and benefits technology continues with another announced acquisition by a people development software-maker. The news follows on the heels of last week’s massive HCM merger announcement between Kronos and Ultimate Software.

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Ultimate Unveils New Ways to “Elevate” Employee Experiences at Connections 2017

Ultimate Software

Last month marked Ultimate Software’s largest-ever Connections customer conference , with more than 3,000 HR professionals, analysts, and leaders gathering in Las Vegas for the four-day event. Here’s a special look at how Ultimate plans to help organizations better understand their people, support their development, and increase their productivity in 2017, and in the years ahead. This summer, Ultimate officially launches UltiPro’s new mobile app.

Is it time for a culture check-up?


based insurance and investment-management company laid off 12% of workers in its Lincoln Financial Distributors division. While she and the rest of the management team were confident the company would weather the storm, Buckingham knew the workforce would have to be engaged and motivated to rebuild once the dust had settled. Originally, Lincoln management scoffed at Buckingham’s proposal to include a passion measure, but she fought to keep it—and won.

5 Tips For People-Oriented HR Management


What makes a professional hiring manager? percent of HR professionals called “influencing the company culture to have more authentic, people-oriented managers” their top priority. Manage their performance. 2017 is the year when performance reviews will become a regular part of hiring managers life. Performance management apps are team-centric and cloud-based today, which makes it easier for us to keep track on employees.

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Banks Can Leverage UltiPro to Increase Employee Productivity

Ultimate Software

The solution empowers Independent Bank’s employees to quickly manage their time-related activities, enhancing overall productivity. The post Banks Can Leverage UltiPro to Increase Employee Productivity appeared first on Ultimate Software's Blog. Employees Performance Management Uncategorized banks efficiency Employee Engagement finance productivity UltiProBy Jack Klott, Vice President of Human Resources, Independent Bank.

How to Use Technology to Improve the Employee Experience

Ultimate Software

But as teams and organizations grow, accomplishing these tasks can quickly become cumbersome, time-consuming, and inefficient, especially when they’re managed through email. HR service delivery technology, inspired by design thinking for the digital employee experience, is an innovative solution to reduce administrative clutter, provide self-service and role-based access to relevant information, and offer employee case and file management.

6 Types of AI or Intelligent Tools in HR Tech

HR Examiner

It’s important to understand the broad categories of intelligent software and AI that are available to you in today’s HR Tech marketplace. From Enterprise level HR Solution providers to data vendors, intelligent software is embedded to provide higher quality data and services.

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How HR Investigations Can Create the Culture You’ve Dreamed Of

Ultimate Software

HR gets stuck trying to figure out if Daisy is using her corporate credit card to improve her wardrobe, whether Steve is the one writing nasty things on the toilet stall, or whether Judy is just trying to get Margaret to improve her work performance or really bullying her.

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The Rebirth of HR: HR Will Begin Reinventing Itself to Lead These Efforts

Ultimate Software

In 2020, COVID-19 and societal unrest elevated the HR function to mission-critical and underscored the importance of human intellect in people management. The post The Rebirth of HR: HR Will Begin Reinventing Itself to Lead These Efforts appeared first on Ultimate Software Blog.

Four Ways HR Can Support Retail

Ultimate Software

Instead of focusing on endcaps and placement of products, today’s employees need to translate raw data into actionable insight, utilize software that can offer a personalized shopping experience, and understand predictive and prescriptive analytics. By developing a more sophisticated approach to the employee lifecycle, from recruitment to performance to retainment. When managers don’t know someone’s at risk of leaving, they can’t proactively work to retain them.

A Culture of Connectedness and Belonging: Built from the Bottom and the Top

Ultimate Software

Once upon a time, I worked for a Fortune 100 company that did “stack ranking” performance management. When I look back on it now, though, it’s clear it was too little too late as other policies like performance management made it impossible.

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

Ultimate Software

HR professionals can gather data points from a wide variety of internal sources, including employee surveys, salary and promotion history, demographics, geographical locations, recruitment processes, and other tools housed within Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions. The analysis reveals how to best attract , manage , and retain employees—improving employee satisfaction, productivity, corporate culture, and ROI. Percent of high performers lost.

Ask Adam: Creating a Positive Employee Experience

Ultimate Software

Instead of relying solely on formal performance management processes, which are certainly useful but have a slew of limitations, modern organizations are beginning to implement more frequent, informal check-ins and pulse surveys. The goal is to develop managers into better people leaders who are in tune with their teams and empowered to take ownership of engagement. The post Ask Adam: Creating a Positive Employee Experience appeared first on Ultimate Software's Blog.

PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 238 - Keeping the Human in HR, Live from Ultimate Connections

Steve Boese

HR Happy Hour 238 - Keeping the Human in HR: Live from Ultimate Connections 2016. Recorded LIVE at Ultimate Connections 2016 in Las Vegas. Guest: Cecile Alper-Leroux , VP HCM Innovation, Ultimate Software. You can listen to the show on the show page HERE , or by using the widget player below: Many thanks to Cecile and to the team at Ultimate Software for once again welcoming the HR Happy Hour to the Ultimate Connections event.

Whatever Happened to Succession Planning?

China Gorman

Here’s an interesting and quick read by Ben Eubanks and Trish McFarlane for Ultimate Software : The New Realities of Work. Performance. Talent acquisition, learning and performance management are the usual suspects in these conversations; but I don’t see succession included in these broader discussions any more and I appreciated seeing it here.