EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE

HR Acuity Launches empowER™, Professional Online Community Created Exclusively for Employee Relations Practitioners

HR Acuity | January 15, 2021

HR Acuity, the solitary technology platform explicitly worked for employee relations and examinations the board, announces the launch of empowER™, an expert online local area made only for employee relations specialists. It is the sole master local area serving this market, expanding upon the scope of the grounded Employee Relations Roundtable people group, established by HR Acuity in 2015.

"As employee relations leaders move through the recovery and rebuilding of their organizations this year, community and collaboration have never been more important," said Deborah J. Muller, Founder and CEO of HR Acuity. "The employee relations community came together in 2020, sharing knowledge to help one another lead their teams through the pandemic, manage workplace activism and forge new paths for diversity, equity and inclusion. We are proud to launch empowER to formalize that collaboration and offer expertise to employee relations leaders everywhere."

The empowER community was propelled by the HR Acuity Employee Relations Roundtable, a one-of-a-kind gathering that unites senior employee relations leaders from associations like Adobe, Google, LinkedIn, Nike, TIAA, Qualcomm, Workday and Verizon to interface, connect and share practices, cycles and experiences identified with employee relations and the employee experience.

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HR ANALYTICS

ChartHop Honors People-First HR Leaders Through 2nd Annual People Pioneers Award

ChartHop | November 16, 2022

ChartHop, the leader in people analytics transforming the way companies manage and support their people, has recognized 10 People leaders redefining the HR discipline in its 2nd Annual People Pioneers Award. ChartHop created the People Pioneers Award to honor HR professionals who have positively impacted their companies and employees via company growth, cultural change, new benefits programs, and more. "This past year we've seen a people-first revolution and People leaders have been tasked with developing programs for the whole employee lifecycle to create a true sense of workplace belonging, We celebrate this year's group of talented People Pioneers for their ability to drive change, embrace the future of HR, and pave the way for future leaders." -said Ian White, founder and CEO of ChartHop The 2nd Annual People Pioneers Award winners were nominated by their peers and selected by a rigorous judging process evaluating their impact on implementing people-first initiatives to positively influence both their people and business' bottom line. Winners earned their accolades for their success in establishing fair compensation policies, scaling company growth, increasing employee net promoter scores, and implementing DEI initiatives. This year's recipients are: Adrianne Court, CHRO at Tealium Aleksandra Paszkiewicz, Head of People at Netguru Chad MacRae, VP of Talent at Tinder JaNaye Norman, VP of People at Modo Labs Jen Paxton, VP of People at Smile.io Joanna Wise, SVP of People at Whip Media Larry Indovina, Chief People Officer at Top Hat My Doan Cong, Head of People at ALT Natalie Rast, Director of People Operations at Stensul Noah Warder, Head of People at Guusto Chad MacRae, VP of Talent at Tinder, earned a spot on the list for bringing strategic foresight to his company's talent team and overseeing triple headcount growth over the last three years. Tinder hired 70% of its current employees under MacRae's leadership. Other key initiatives MacRae introduced to support this dynamic growth include creating workshops, moving to true scenario planning, and implementing the "Be Your Best Self-Education Reimbursement" program. I help my team to lean into the current state of the business and examine the external drivers affecting a business and its headcount growth, With this focus, the Talent team has been able to plan for multiple scenarios while scaling through a global pandemic and launching hybrid work possibilities across North America,said MacRae. My Doan Cong, Head of People at ALT, a champion for inclusivity and employee wellbeing, was chosen for her tremendous impact in creating an empathetic environment for all ALT employees. Since joining the company in early 2022, Doan Cong has rolled out several people-first initiatives: she authored employee leveling and raise structures, increased events and communication to promote belonging, and developed an employee wellness program addressing physical, mental, and financial health. We've heard a lot of talk about driving efficiency across different tech companies, At ALT, we approach efficiency through a people-first lens by asking ourselves, 'How can I get folks to do their best work?' Engagement and feedback culture is really important, especially in companies with remote workers,said Doan Cong. About ChartHop: ChartHop is transforming the way companies manage and support their people. By consolidating people data into one employee-centric platform to visualize, discover, and act on insights, ChartHop creates more informed, empowered, and connected organizations. From executives to individual contributors to every employee in between, ChartHop is designed for everyone in the organization. ChartHop plays well with dozens of platforms through robust integrations across the HR tech stack, and serves companies like 1Password, BetterCloud, and Starburst. Founded in 2019 by Ian White, ChartHop is backed by Andreessen Horowitz.

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HR PRACTICE,HR STRATEGY

Cognizant to Expand Workday Expertise and Services with Acquisition from OneSource Virtual

OneSource Virtual and Cognizant | November 03, 2022

Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) has entered into an agreement to acquire the professional services and application management practices of OneSource Virtual, a Workday partner based in Dallas, Texas. Acquiring these practices will complement Cognizant's existing finance and HR advisory implementation services with Workday, expanding capabilities in consulting, deployment, and post-deployment support across North America and the United Kingdom. "Adoption and migration to the cloud to manage workflows is only accelerating, and the Workday platform ecosystem continues to be embraced as a critical tool to provide finance, HR, and other functions greater resiliency and agility. Acquiring the professional services and application management practices from OneSource Virtual enables Cognizant to expand our client offerings and provide end-to-end support in the business transformation journey, We are pleased to be welcoming the talented professionals from OneSource Virtual who will join Cognizant in growing and expanding our Workday capabilities globally." -Rob Vatter, Executive Vice President of Cognizant's Enterprise Platform Services Cognizant will gain nearly 400 new employees upon closing of the acquisition, enhancing its expertise and number of professionals holding certifications in Workday implementation and support. Located throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, these individuals will join Cognizant as part of its Collaborative Solutions team, the hub of Cognizant's Workday practice. Acquired by Cognizant in 2020, Collaborative Solutions is one of the longest-tenured Workday Services Partners. We believe that our shared value of customer centricity makes Cognizant the ideal home for our professional services and application management services businesses while we concentrate on the Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) division going forward, We also believe customers will appreciate the way this sharpens the focus of the professional services, application management, and BPaaS teams and enables them to operate independently to speed up investment in new products and geographical expansion. In the end, what we are all about is providing growth and innovation for our customers, and we are confident that this will enhance our ability to do that more effectively,said Trey Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, OneSource Virtual. We are excited about Cognizant's acquisition of OneSource Virtual's professional services and application management practices, We look forward to continue partnering to help our customers embark on their digital transformation journeys and equip leaders with the finance and people insights they need to respond to shifting business needs,said Sam Alkharrat, Chief Partner Officer, Workday. The acquisition is anticipated to close by year-end 2022, subject to satisfaction of closing conditions. Financial details were not disclosed. About OneSource Virtual OneSource Virtual is a leading provider of Workday Services, Solutions, and Products. Founded in 2008 in Dallas, Texas, OSV operates in North America and Europe to deliver outcomes that boost productivity, improve compliance, and increase internal capacity for over 1,300 customers around the world. Since its founding, OSV has been awarded numerous accolades and has a 98% retention rate. OSV's leadership teams are composed of highly experienced professionals in their respective fields. Together they offer the expertise and deep knowledge of the global marketplace to deliver comprehensive solutions and services for HR and Finance and Accounting. About Cognizant Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH) engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Together, we're improving everyday life.

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HR ANALYTICS, HR STRATEGY

“Connected HR” Emerging as an Imperative Among Business Leaders Attending Paylocity’s Annual Elevate Conference

Paylocity | October 19, 2022

As organizations navigate tight labor markets and increasing employee expectations, one thing is clear: The role of HR continues to expand. HR teams need to bridge the gaps across their respective organizations to fuel collaboration and help employees connect with their work and each other. That was the dominant discussion theme at Elevate, Paylocity’s 14th annual customer conference where nearly 4,000 attendees representing HR, Finance, IT, and Operations functions gathered to explore trends, share best practices, and learn more about Paylocity’s latest platform enhancements that help HR serve as the hub of a more connected organization. Taking place over two days, Elevate featured more than 100 sessions with industry influencers, Paylocity leaders, and peer meetups where attendees could share experiences, ask questions, and keep up with the rapid evolution of the HR function. Connected HR is a Key Driver to Unlocking Business Potential At this year’s conference, the underlying buzz centered around “Connected HR” – the concept that because HR sits at the intersection of employees, leaders, and their organizations, modern HR teams need technology that’s as connected to the business as they are to solve big challenges. For example, fragmented processes and systems prevent true automation and streamlining of manual tasks throughout the business. Another issue is ineffective communication and collaboration across the organization, made even more difficult by geographically dispersed teams and varying communication preferences. Still another challenge, especially in the era of “quiet quitting,” is creating a strong culture and shared purpose across the organization. Paylocity Highlights Platform Capabilities to Address Today’s HR Challenges At Elevate, Paylocity highlighted modern solutions and recent enhancements that address these challenges: Streamlining and connecting companywide processes with enhanced Paylocity Workflows. Paylocity has expanded the functionality of Workflows, the process automation engine in the Paylocity platform that improves efficiency and data accuracy. Customizable Workflows can automatically collect employee information, assign recurring training, collect documentation and certifications, and get supervisor sign-off for completion of courses in the Learning Management System—all while syncing automatically to a single employee record. Ensuring the availability of accurate employee data and insights across the organization for better decision making. My Insights, released earlier this year, provides customizable, shareable dashboards that simplify analysis and exporting of real-time data and performance metrics contained in Data Insights, Paylocity’s data visualization and reporting engine. More than 6,000 clients already use My Insights, including Listerhill Credit Union, a financial services company with hundreds of employees in multiple states. Using Data Insights, Listerhill identified more than $200K in annual operational efficiencies. Improved communication with employees and collaboration across teams. Paylocity continues to add features to Community, its online social collaboration hub. New announcement templates and scheduling capabilities simplify one-to-many communication from leaders and enable employees’ voices to be heard. And a new Video Hub centralizes all the video content created by the company and employees in one place—making it easy to share engaging content companywide and track engagement. Paylocity has also added more capabilities into its mobile app, including chat and video to support recruiting, onboarding, and ongoing communications; as well as access to all company communications and every module in the Paylocity platform from employee smartphones. Usage of the Paylocity mobile app continues to grow—with a 27% increase in mobile users since the beginning of 2022. Building culture and a sense of purpose with tools to support the modern workforce. Unlike legacy HRIS tools, Paylocity differentiates its platform with features that enable better communication, connection, and collaboration. Employee-centric features are even embedded in core HR functionality. To help employees connect with their peers in more meaningful ways, the traditional organizational chart has been reimagined to not only show reporting structures but also foster connection and collaboration by including social profiles and 1:1 chat. Enhancements to Paylocity’s LMS provide opportunities for employees to create content by recording their own training videos and easily share them via Community. Martin Resorts which owns and operates five boutique hotels in California—uses Community to help educate employees on employee benefits and build connection across its diverse employee population. “Paylocity provides our staff with a single platform that allows them to access so much information, from feedback surveys to their pay stub to their W-2. Community is a tool where they can communicate and collaborate with each other, their managers, and leadership,” says Sara Kennedy, Director of People and Culture. The improved awareness and communication helped Martin Resorts improve employee engagement as well as 401(k) participation. By using Community to promote the benefits of its 401(k)-match program, Martin Resorts saw sign-up rates triple, which will ultimately impact employee satisfaction and retention. “Given HR’s broadening scope, modern HR technology must evolve beyond streamlining HR processes to become a hub for the whole company—a single employee system of record and capabilities that unify people and processes across the organization around a common purpose, With those goals in mind, HR is now touching every part of an organization. That means HR systems need to not only drive automation but also drive greater connection among teams and every employee to help the modern organization reach its full potential.” -Steve Beauchamp, Co-CEO of Paylocity About Paylocity Headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, Paylocity (NASDAQ: PCTY) is an award-winning provider of cloud-based HR and payroll software solutions. Founded in 1997 and publicly traded since 2014, Paylocity offers an intuitive, easy-to-use product suite that helps businesses automate and streamline HR and payroll processes, attract and retain talent, and build culture and connection with their employees. Known for its unique culture and consistently recognized as one of the best places to work, Paylocity accompanies its clients on the journey to create great workplaces and help all employees achieve their best.

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HR STRATEGY,EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

UKG Announces 2022 Innovation Award Winners at UKG Aspire

UKG | November 25, 2022

UKG, a leading provider of HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions for all people, today announced winners of the UKG Aspire 2022 Innovation Awards, which celebrate customers using UKG people technology in innovative ways to solve complex problems, create empowering workplaces, and drive exceptional business outcomes. The Innovation Awards are a longstanding UKG tradition that recognizes the achievements of customers going above and beyond to create meaningful and connected experiences for their people, including past winners BJ’s Wholesale Club, Clif Bar and Company, City of Oklahoma City, FIRST Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard, and Trexon. “Customers are at the heart of everything we do. They are the driving force behind our ‘Partner for Life’ promise, as well as our commitment to constant innovation, This year’s award winners represent the incredible successes of our customers worldwide, across our solutions. We celebrate their accomplishments and applaud their innovative spirit.” -Bob Hughes, chief customer and strategy officer at UKG This year’s UKG Aspire Innovation Awards winners include: TravelBrands and Coast Mental Health in the Product Suite category, for their innovative use of the UKG suite of human capital management and workforce management solutions. One of the largest travel companies in Canada, TravelBrands is leveraging UKG to scale its continued growth. Since rolling out its full-suite solution, the company has experienced a 10% decrease in employee turnover, a 50% decrease in time spent creating financial reports, and a total first-year savings of $150,000. Meanwhile, Coast Mental Health, a provider of housing, support, and services to people in Canada with mental health challenges, is using UKG to manage its complex union workforce. Managers no longer have to spend hours calculating premiums related to collective agreements, and its finance center doesn’t have to allocate cost centers and percentages. Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Hamadeh Educational Services, for their successes in HR Transformation. With UKG Pro, managers at Bethpage have a more active role in the recruitment process. The company has automated offer letters and transfer forms, and eliminated spreadsheets previously used for compensation planning. With UKG Ready, Hamadeh has moved from paper to a fully electronic system, dramatically cutting its carbon footprint and saving several hours each week that had been spent on filing, scanning, copying, and shredding. Co-Operators, for ROI achieved through its use of Pro. The Canadian-owned insurance co-operative is leveraging data and insights from its UKG solution to create dozens of easily accessible dashboards and reports, saving more than $300,000 in productivity improvements and system savings. Greenville County Schools, TTCU Federal Credit Union, and Community Healthcare System, for their innovative use of UKG Life-work Technology, in the Innovation Evangelist category. With UKG Wallet, all 11,000 employees at Greenville County Schools have early access to their earned wages as well as payroll cards, discounts, and financial wellness tools, providing an additional measure of financial stability. Community Healthcare System is using UKG Dimensions employee self-scheduling, which allows workers to select their preferred shifts — leading to greater autonomy, satisfaction, and overall engagement. And with UKG HR Service Delivery, authorized employees of TTCU Federal Credit Union can access documents from anywhere, dozens of manual tasks have been moved to a digital workflow, and the organization’s service desk is administering more than a dozen types of actions and requests. The results we’ve experienced with our full-suite UKG solution, in just one year, are simply remarkable, Not only have we gained significant efficiencies, but we’re also providing a more empowering and engaging experience for our employees in support of the important, people-centric mission we share with UKG,said Diana Valler, chief human resources officer at TravelBrands. Championing great workplaces and helping to create purposeful work through the use of innovative technology are central to who we are, Our purpose is to create meaningful experiences for organizations and their people, and we are proud of, and humbled by, the outstanding results UKG technology delivers every day to our award winners and all our customers across the globe,said Chris Todd, CEO at UKG. About UKG At UKG, our purpose is people. As strong believers in the power of culture and belonging as the secret to success, we champion great workplaces and build lifelong partnerships with our customers to show what’s possible when businesses invest in their people. Born from a historic merger that created one of the world’s leading HCM cloud companies, our Life-work Technology approach to HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions for all people helps more than 70,000 organizations around the globe and across every industry anticipate and adapt to their employees’ needs beyond just work.

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Organizations with higher levels of employee engagement have proven to achieve not only 22% higher productivity compared with lower-engagement organizations.With the stakes this high, you need to be sure that your organization is maximizing employee engagement – and measuring engagement is the first step to success. This white paper provides eight recommendations to help you turn engagement measurement into business results. Read on to get started.

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