In April, Kronos and Ultimate Software announced their merger, subsequently creating the world's largest cloud company. With 12,000 employees worldwide and $3 billion in revenue, this partnership will see the new company — Ultimate Kronos Group (UKG) — build on a combined 70 years of experience.
UKG will bolster both companies’ strengths, especially their joint passion for creating remarkable and inspiring workplace cultures.
This month, Kronos announced it had once again been named a great place to work in every country in which they have a significant presence, including the U.K., Australia, Canada, India, and Mexico. Dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive work environment, Kronos has proven an unwavering commitment to employees through unique benefits, including open time-off for employee well-being. It has also been celebrated for being one of the best workplaces for women as well as its response to the global pandemic.
Ultimate Software isn’t far behind.
“We will never stop working to ensure an equal, fulfilling experience for all of our employees," Ultimate Software's Chief People Officer David Almeda told Human Capital Magazine.
HR tech company Ultimate Software was recently bestowed a 100% score on the Disability Equality Index. This measures the social impact of business inclusion programs for employees with visible and invisible disabilities.
For Ultimate Software, “disability-inclusion” goes beyond setting up a committee or digital upgrades to its tools. They also invest in facility enhancements that keep employees safe and healthy in the post-COVID-19 work environment. The company also offers new resources to support employees’ mental and physical health as they transition to work-from-home.
“Our company culture was built on the belief that prioritizing your employees’ experiences at work is fundamental to any successful business,” Almeda, adds.
Senior Director of Diversity Equity and Belonging at Ultimate Software, Cara Pelletier, shared her experience with Fast Company. According to her, every person hired by Ultimate completes the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) that groups different ways of thinking into various colors.
“We don’t label this a diversity and inclusion initiative or tie it to disabled status,” Pelletier writes. “Rather, having this shared frame of reference around how each person thinks differently weaves neurodiversity conversations into day-to-day work processes among all employees. I can speak up in a meeting and say ‘Hey, as a yellow-brained person, I’d prefer to run the meeting like this.’ It’s allowed people to speak honestly about how the way they think impacts their work habits and preferences in a way that’s made neurodiversity a core part of our culture.”
Undoubtedly, Kronos and Ultimate have shown a unique approach to diversity and inclusion. Their merger won’t just create one of the biggest companies in the world but will also set a new benchmark for workplace culture.