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Author - Masters of Science in Business Management with Leadership studies from Texas A&M University.

Ultimate Software Review – Best Companies

Ultimate Software – Best Company to Work for Review

Fortune.com has included Ultimate Software on the top 100 best companies to work for. This year it was ranked among the top, as well as last year. People Magazine has named Ultimate # 3 on their list of Companies that Care. The employees feel proud to say that they work there, and with all reason! Ultimate Software has 4.5 out of 5 stars in different job platforms and excellent reviews of their staff. It is, without any doubt, a place where you can develop your career: great work atmosphere, challenging tasks, and nice feedback with coworkers and superiors.

“People First!” Motto

Ultimate Software puts their employees first. This motto definitely speaks for the company. Although the workload is demanding and stressful, the CEO Scott Scherr, qualified as one of the top CEOs this year and with 95% of the employees’ approval. He takes care of everyone at the company. The supportive and caring attitude of this company creates employees who, in tern, take care of the customers. Since the employees feel valued, it is easy for them to make their customers their number one priority.

The company statistics of employee engagement and retention clearly show that the staff of this company is formed by competent people who also fit the “People First” culture.

Benefits vs a Big paycheck

When aiming for a dream job, we always look for the best salary, in the beginning. However, benefits such as health care coverage, retirement plan, and time off are important too and those perks can make such a big difference in employees’ performance and their savings balance. Ultimate Software offers a 100% coverage of an employee’s health care and his/her dependent. This plan also includes dental, vision, prescription drug subsidy and access to mental health care; free boot camp classes, reward trips for employees of all departments, two paid days to charity and more are included on the list of perks of this IT company.

Work-Life Balance and Other Policies

Besides the paycheck and benefits, there are some other qualities that make Ultimate Software a great company to work for. This company lets the employees to maintain a work-life balance; in addition to family care programs, like a childcare center and lactation rooms. They also allow employees to have flexible work schedules and to take days off, if needed, or work from home.

Ultimate Software is an inclusive company which has a written policy that prohibits discrimination based on age, disability, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, and sexual orientation.  Here, women represent a large percentage, 37% and 42%, among executives and mid-level managers respectively. Minorities in this company comprise 43% of the total workforce.

Management at Ultimate Software

The leadership at Ultimate Software strongly believe in the CEO, Scott Scherr’s, philosophy about teamwork and putting the people first. If a manager doesn’t follow this philosophy, they are probably not the right fit. The key to making this philosophy work is that the managers truly care about their employees. One manager even told her employee, “I’m not your boss, I’m your friend.” Even those who have been promoted into different areas of the company remain friends.

Employees feel that their coworkers at Ultimate Software are their second family, and sometimes even their first family. They have fun at work together and this allows those friendship and family bonds to be formed. They have football, at the office, and happy hours. They go on trips to Disney together. Everyone has a level of commodore, trust, and respect with each other.

Finally

Working for Ultimate Software will give you the opportunity to start and develop a career, with excellent benefits, and a comfortable work environment. You will be engaged in a fun family culture which builds relationships. You’ll love your job, the people that you work with, and even management and senior leadership.

This video is a MUST SEE! Hear it from the employees:

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The Bullseye Boss

The Bullseye Boss

The Bullseye Boss targets his employees by blaming them for everything. Even if you get to work early, do your best work, have a healthy relationship with your colleagues, and avoid breaking any rules, these actions will go unnoticed by the Bullseye Boss.

In business, you’ll find that there are bosses, and even coworkers, who will either contribute to your success, or put you down. The Bullseye Boss is a champion at putting a target on his employee’s backs and striking at any moment.

Working for this type of boss will make you feel humiliated as he undermines your performance, making your efforts seem absolutely worthless. So, how do you deal with a Bullseye Boss?

The below tips will help you to become well-prepared to deal with such situations.

Give your Boss The Benefit of the Doubt

Don’t become defensive. Give your boss the benefit of doubt by imagining that you are being too sensitive, or you are misinterpreting his tone. Your boss might not be necessarily focused on other’s feelings, but rather is concentrating on the facts.

Step back and reassess the situation from an honest point of view. Try and speak with your boss in a one on one situation to reduce any chance of misunderstanding.

Explain to your Boss How You Feel

At times, your manager might not be aware of the impact that his statement and attitude have on you emotionally. Maybe your boss has gotten carried away by his own personal feelings, which makes him unaware of the harshness in his tone of voice.

A sensitive and friendly conversation can help raise awareness on the issue. Rehearse your statements beforehand to avoid getting emotional during the conversation. Discuss the current issue, including how it has affected your work and request changes that you would like to happen.

Avoid Being Personal

Developing a thick skin will make it easier to put up with a boss that feels threatened by his staff. You obviously are aware that your boss is belittling others and is doing so out of his or her own insecurities. He may be acting this way to make himself feel better, or more satisfied, in his own work. If so, you can try to ignore it altogether.

It will not help the situation to call him out on his behavior in front of your colleagues. Instead, find out what caused the problem, fix it, and move on with your work. This will help to avoid the problem becoming an issue again.

Show What You are Capable of

Perhaps, your Bullseye Boss always sees you as a fool. He totally got it wrong because there is a reason you are employed in the first place. Prove your boss is wrong, by stepping up your performance.

By delivering quality work every time, your boss might see an error in his criticism. Ask your boss what he thinks that you could be doing differently. Maybe you’re not aware of some mistake that you’re making. Make him aware that you appreciate the job and want to please him. This will go a long way with your boss.

Finally

Every employee deserves to be seen  for what they represent and their capability. If a Bullseye boss doesn’t give you the respect that you deserve, try implementing the above tips. These tips will help to open the boss’s eyes to how valuable you are and the way that you should be treated.

Disclaimer: Coping with a boss who is always blaming can be a draining situation to be in! Don’t give up.

Where is the BEST Place to Work?

Where is the BEST Place to Work?

Fortune.com has named Salesforce as the best place to work, out of 100 companies, but why?

What is your dream job?

Are you searching for the absolute best place to work? There are a number of factors that you would consider while deciding where you would love to work, which include: the company environment, benefits, money, type of work, organizational culture, and values to name a few. Let me introduce you to a company that has proven to be an excellent employer in all of these areas.

 Introducing Salesforce – ranked the #1 company to work for.

Salesforce is a cloud computing company with its headquarters based in San Francisco, California. Everything from the company culture to the employee benefits has been top rated by its employees. The senior management of the company is approachable and it genuinely cares about its employees, while the employee package is competitive and includes the flexibility to work from home. The company has strong values and it focuses on the growth of its employees by providing them with interesting and challenging work.

The senior management’s contribution to a great work environment

The senior management of every company plays a pivotal role in setting company values and standards. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has set exemplary standards for everyone else to follow. In 2016, he was named one of Fortune 50’s “World’s Greatest Leaders”. Salesforce was founded by Benioff in 1999 and since then he has been involved in a number of social causes and philanthropic activities, including fighting for equal pay for women and various charities. He believes in running the company with trust and a sense of purpose, which increases employee motivation and job satisfaction.

Marc Benioff has introduced a 1-1-1 model in his company, which means that 1% of the employees’ time, 1% of the products, and 1% of the equity go towards social causes. This model allows himself and the employees to go above and beyond, rather than just serving the company. On the first day, every single employee of Salesforce is required to do volunteer work such as visiting a homeless shelter or a hospital, which allows them to familiarize themselves with the company values and giving back to the community.

Lessons to be learned from Salesforce

The exemplary work environment at Salesforce highlights the importance of trust between the company and its employees as well as the serving the community. Every company today should learn from Salesforce to integrate corporate philanthropy into its business model so that the company is not just working for profits but also to make the world a better place.

The #1 Best Company to Work for: SalesForce

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The Loch Ness Boss

The Loch Ness Boss

One of our readers said, “I see my boss about once a week. Sometimes not even that.”

Hence the name: “The Loch Ness Boss” — because you have encountered people who SAY they have seen him, and you have even seen pictures of him, but you’ve never actually met him in the flesh.

One of the most demotivating things about a job is working with a boss who is always absent from office: “Loch Ness Boss.”

Many managers do travel very much with the purpose of winning new contracts or holding on to the current ones. Other managers might be going through personal or health issues that need them to be absent from their workplace a lot.

When a manager is constantly absent, it will cause their employees to lack leadership and guidance, especially when they have to make some decisions that are beyond their expertise.

The Huffington Post outlines the four worst habits of an absent manager as irresponsible, unresponsive, indifferent, and spontaneous. So, how do you deal with work when you have a Loch Ness boss?

Implementing the below behaviors will help to make your work easier.

Set up a tight schedule

Whenever you are meeting with your boss to discuss vital work information, always keep up with the time that your manager will be available at the workplace. Write out a detailed list of the information that you need to discuss.

It is highly important to address all the issues because you hardly meet in person with the Loch Ness boss.

Help your Loch Ness boss to be prepared for any meetings ahead of time by sending him a list of the issues that you would like to address. This will also ensure that he understands the fact that you need his help and value his time.

Establish rules about Emergency Situations

Set up a policy with your boss on what you are supposed to do when faced with an emergency situation that you are not able to solve.

For example, suppose one of the company’s major client intends to back down from an important purchasing decision. Find out how to keep in touch with your boss. Once the rule for contact during emergency situations has been set, never deviate from it.

Be independent

Learn to work without the contribution and guidance of your boss. Think and act like your boss when making crucial decisions.

Try to imitate your boss during his presence in the office by comparing your thoughts and decisions with his. Review your performances to have the full knowledge of what your boss expects from you while absent from work.

Communicate with your boss

Today’s technology has made communication with people that are away from the office much easier. These communication tools, like any other technology, function effectively if used in an appropriate manner.

Suppose your boss is a Loch Ness type. You can use your mobile phone to communicate during emergency situations that should be treated immediately. You should use email to address situations that are not urgent such as seeking permission to take a leave for an appointment with a lawyer.

Finally

If your boss is always absent from work, it is your duty to keep things in order. Take control of your work and make the lines of communication with your boss an open one.

 What can you learn from the absent manager?

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Your boss would never understand the meaning of this mug…but your coworkers would. 😉