UKG User Spotlight: Karima Abdul-Salaam

Karima User Spotlight

The User Spotlight program recognizes people who use UKG solutions regularly in their day-to-day jobs. Not only do the articles introduce you to real UKG end-users, but they also help you learn about features, resources, and solution strategies you might not have known about before. 



Meet Karima Abdul-Salaam! Read on to hear about the resources she’s found helpful and the tips and tricks she’s learned along the way. 

Would you like to be featured? Fill out our User Spotlight interview form.


Meet Karima Abdul-Salaam

Name: Karima Abdul-Salaam
Company: YMCA of Metropolitan Hartford 
Product: UKG Ready
Role: Human Resources Manager 
Experience with UKG: Two years 
Community Name: karima.abdulsalaam05030

Karima completed our User Spotlight interview form. Here’s what she had to share. 

Product features and functionality: What Karima is most excited about 

The Utilities Feature – I frequently use this feature in order to see: 

  • Group pay statements 
  • Timesheets 
  • Audit trails

This feature really is a one-stop shop. When I have to pull multiple pay statements, this is the place to go. Eventually, I would love to see an enhancement that enables you to email pay statements to external contacts.* I send these statements to our short-term and long-term disability insurance company as well as to our workers’ comp insurance company, so the ability to email pay statements to external contacts would be amazing. 

*Karima submitted this to the IDEAS page on Community. Check out her post here to vote on it! Have an idea of your own? Make sure to submit them on the IDEAS page.

Resources: What Karima can’t live without

Email Alerts – I love the POD email alerts that I receive daily. They provide great information as well as snippets of what’s coming and happening in our company POD. We have now been moved to POD6, and the alerts are so helpful. It allows me the opportunity to prepare our staff for upcoming updates.

System Administrator Pop-Up Alerts – I like that you receive these alerts as soon as you log in to the system. These alerts give quick insights into what is happening, and you have the option to dig further (by going to the Community or signing up for a town hall, etc.) if you’d like.

UKG Ready Mobile App – The app is one of my favorites — everything you need in the palm of your hand everywhere you go.

Tips and tricks: Advice from Karima

Explore – Don’t be afraid to research topics you may need a little more insight on. Make sure to actively utilize: 

  • UKG Community 
  • Training videos
  • The Customer Success team

Also, make sure to set up your favorites. This way you can have access to your most-used websites without having to leave UKG.  

Claim to fame

I am adventurous and love to explore the outdoors. Hiking and traveling are my passions. I try to do an adventurous excursion each year around my birthday. I’ve had the fun of skydiving, hiking in the White Mountains, and whale watching, to name a few. Riding in a hot air balloon is on my to-do list in 2021. Can’t wait!


Thank you, Karima, for sharing your wisdom! 

Will you, the reader, be the next in the spotlight? I hope you’ll consider filling out our interview form so that we can highlight your expertise and help other UKG users know you as well. 

User Spotlight Interview Form Attachment

To follow up with Karima, please feel free to connect with her via private message in UKG Community. 

Related resources