UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group), a leading global provider of HCM, payroll, HR service delivery, and workforce management solutions, announced today that both Kronos Incorporated and Ultimate Software were named to Great Place to Work’s Best Workplaces for Parents list based on separate analysis of each company's employee experience before the merger to become UKG. The annual list recognizes organizations going above and beyond in caring for employees with children, especially in supporting working parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 50% of the 12,500+ UKG employees are working parents. In this unprecedented time as the vast majority of its employees worldwide have gone virtual, UKG has implemented several programs to help parents balance remote work, virtual and hybrid schooling, and childcare, such as:
- Virtual Camps for Summer and Fall: In June, UKG introduced a free Virtual Summer Camp with three programs tailored to children in different age groups. Each program featured a variety of traditional summer-camp activities adapted for an at-home, virtual environment. More than 1,300 UKG kids participated. Due to the success of the Virtual Summer Camp, UKG introduced a Virtual Kids’ Klub fall program to further support parents and students while school is in session.
- Unlimited Access to Online Tutors: All UKG employees and their kids (including anyone pursuing a college degree) now have complimentary unlimited access to more than 3,000 highly qualified tutors through UKG’s new partnership with Tutor.com. Students and parents can access tutors 24/7 for any reason—such as for studying support, homework help, or essay proofreading. Sessions can be pre-scheduled or are available on a virtual “drop-in” basis.
- Kids’ Corner Resource Site: To support working parents at UKG and around the world, in March, the company curated a free Kids’ Corner resource site, compiling educational materials and entertainment—including a calendar of streaming videos, interactive activities, resources for parents, and more—to help everyone balance remote work and virtual schooling.
As part of its comprehensive benefits package, which expands upon the best of each company's separate benefits offerings before the merger, UKG employees now receive:
- 100% company-paid healthcare premiums (medical, dental, and vision), making UKG one of just 9% of U.S. companies fully covering premiums for full-time employees and one of only 2% fully covering part-time employees; healthcare coverage also extends to spouses, domestic partners (same and opposite sex), and dependents
- A 45% dollar-for-dollar match on all 401(k) or RRSP employee contributions in the U.S. and Canada, with no lifetime cap
- Unlimited PTO for any reason, including vacation, sick time, volunteering, voting, caring for loved ones, and more—for full- and part-time employees, including hourly workers, beginning at hire
- Paid parental leave—maternity (12 weeks), paternity (4 weeks), and adoptive (up to 12 weeks)
- Student-loan-repayment assistance, available to all employees upon hire, with no lifetime limit
“While we have all faced arduous challenges throughout 2020, this has been an extraordinarily unique year for working parents, who have been tasked with having to balance work commitments while playing multiple roles of mom, dad, teacher, tutor, coach, friend, and more,” said Dave Almeda, chief people officer at UKG. “As we approach the New Year, we’ll remain focused on providing creative and thoughtful benefits and programs centered around caring for all of our employees at various stages of life—and we’re honored to stand with all of the incredible organizations named to the Best Workplaces lists this year who are leading the way in supporting their people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”
To determine the 2020 Best Workplaces for Parents list, Great Place to Work analyzed confidential survey feedback representing more than 4.8 million U.S. employees across a variety of organizations and industries. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation was based on what parents said in a comprehensive survey about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential at work, no matter who they are or what they do. The remaining 15% was based on how parenting status influenced other aspects of employees’ work experience, including the company living up to its values, opportunities to innovate, and the effectiveness of their leaders. Lastly, Great Place to Work considered each organization’s parental leave, adoption policies, opportunities for flexible schedules, childcare, and dependent healthcare benefits.
Additional Recent UKG Accolades and Recognition for Company Culture
Being named a Best Workplace for Parents follows other recent accolades recognizing UKG for its people-focused company culture.
- In October, the Boston Business Journal ranked UKG #1 on its Best Places to Work list—marking the fifth year in a row the company ranked in the top four and the first time securing the top ranking—in the “Extra Large Companies” category (1,000 or more employees). The company received an overall score of 92.06 (out of 100) based on employee feedback from anonymous surveys.
- In November, The Boston Globe ranked UKG #2 on its 2020 Top Places to Work list in the “Largest Company” category (1,000 or more employees). This is the ninth consecutive year the company has been named to the list, and the fourth year in a row to rank in the top three.
- Also in November, Great Place to Work Canada named UKG to its annual Best Workplaces for Technology list, with both Kronos and Ultimate making the list each year since 2018.
At UKG™ (Ultimate Kronos Group), our purpose is people™. Built from a merger that created one of the largest cloud companies in the world, UKG believes organizations succeed when they focus on their people. As a leading global provider of HCM, payroll, HR service delivery, and workforce management solutions, UKG delivers award-winning Pro, Dimensions, and Ready solutions to help tens of thousands of organizations across geographies and in every industry drive better business outcomes, improve HR effectiveness, streamline the payroll process, and help make work a better, more connected experience for everyone. UKG has more than 12,000 employees around the globe and is known for an inclusive workplace culture. The company has earned numerous awards for culture, products, and services, including consecutive years on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. To learn more, visit ukg.com.
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