Top-100 Electrical Distributor Uses UltiPro Compensation Management to Address Gaps in Gender Pay During Annual Salary Planning
Date: March 14, 2019 2:00 PM EDT
Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading provider of human capital management (HCM) solutions in the cloud, announced today that ALCAL Industries, Central and Northern California’s largest independent electrical distributor, is using UltiPro to drive an equitable salary-planning process.
ALCAL Industries is the parent company of Alameda Electrical Distributors and California Service Tool. The two subsidiaries have a combined 23 locations, and provide one of California's most respected offerings of electrical products, tools, tool rental and repair services, safety equipment, and project management. Prior to UltiPro, the company developed a compensation plan with bands and ranges for managers to apply to their employees, tied to specific employee ratings. However, because managers completed this salary-planning process manually on spreadsheets, they had difficulty comparing how their employees were ranked within the company's compensation system. In addition, HR was required to invest a substantial amount of time reviewing the data manually once it received the spreadsheets back from managers. ALCAL sought to provide managers with the necessary visibility and insight to make the best pay decisions, and selected UltiPro, going live in April 2018.
"UltiPro Compensation Management ensures that our managers understand our compensation plan and have clarity around the factors that drive it," said Courtney Paulsen, HR analyst at ALCAL. "As managers input their changes into UltiPro, they can see compa-ratios in real time and have instant visibility into all their employees. UltiPro's flexibility and analysis tools enable managers to identify pay disparities, even when men and women are in different roles with different pay ranges. Managers are able to make corrections when women's compa-ratios are falling at the low end, with recognition made easier because the performance ratings are also visible. As a result, managers can make better decisions, without relying on HR, and before HR runs its official analysis."
Paulsen notes that UltiPro makes the review and approval paths simple to set up, and the next level of management is also able to gain broad insights and easily compare manager worksheets.
"UltiPro Compensation Management expedited our compensation management process, while at the same time elevating our conversation with managers about making decisions that are fair and consistent," said Paulsen. "HR is no longer viewed as an enforcer of compliance and laws, but rather as a trusted advisor regarding meaningful compensation decisions. UltiPro has made managers more sensitive to, and responsible for, a fair and equitable culture."
According to Paulsen, UltiPro’s Pay Equity report provides HR with the transparency to be more proactive with its annual compensation process, and to ensure that any disparities that exist after the process are non-discriminatory.
"The Pay Equity report is highly visual, easy to use, and simple to run because it is integrated into UltiPro Compensation Management," said Paulsen. "We can see easily if employees are falling outside of recommended ranges without having to move over to UltiPro Business Intelligence. Thanks to the ease of exporting data out of UltiPro, I am also able to run my own manual descriptive analysis, linear-trend analysis, forecast analysis, and correlation matrix. Although I ran my own review outside of UltiPro, it returned the exact same results as Pay Equity."
"Compensation decisions sit at the heart of a business' overall objectives, and fairness is vital for culture-conscious organizations," said Chris Phenicie, chief sales officer, mid-market and strategic, at Ultimate. "We are pleased that ALCAL is taking advantage of a broad range of UltiPro functionality to keep its focus on its people, and leverage business and talent data to deliver the most equitable results."
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Ultimate Software is a leading global provider of cloud-based human capital management and employee experience solutions, with more than 48 million people records in the cloud. Our award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, talent, and time and labor management, as well as HR service delivery solutions. Founded in 1990, Ultimate is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and employs more than 5 100 professionals. In 2019, Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work ranked Ultimate #1 on their Best Workplaces in Technology list, in the “Large Companies” category, Ultimate’s fourth consecutive year to top the list. In 2018, Fortune ranked Ultimate #3 on its prestigious 100 Best Companies to Work For list, our seventh consecutive year in the top 25; #1 on its 100 Best Workplaces for Women list; and #1 on its 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials list, our second year at the top. Customer Sales and Service World Awards also recognized Ultimate’s Services team as the #1 Customer Service Department of the Year in 2018 for companies with 2 500 employees or larger across diverse industries. Ultimate has more than 5 600 customers worldwide, including Bloomin’ Brands, Culligan International, Feeding America, Red Roof Inn, SUBWAY, Texas Roadhouse, and Yamaha Corporation of America. More information on Ultimate’s products and services can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.
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