Ultimate Software, a leading global provider of human capital management (HCM) and employee experience solutions in the cloud, announced it has been named a top-scoring company on the 2019 Disability Equality Index by Disability:IN, the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide, strengthening Ultimate’s commitment to putting all people first.
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The Disability Equality Index, in partnership with the American Association of People with Disabilities, grades companies on the merits of their policies, programs, and practices designed to hire, include, and better serve people with disabilities across the business. The Disability Equality Index serves as the United States’ most comprehensive annual benchmarking tool for business disability inclusion, representing a vast array of sectors such as technology, financial services, insurance, and healthcare.
“Diversity, inclusion, and equality are at the heart of who we are at Ultimate, and it’s our unique people who keep our culture strong every day,” said Vivian Maza, chief culture officer at Ultimate. “We’re proud to be recognized by Disability:IN as a company committed to ensuring all people have equal opportunities to learn, grow, and achieve great success throughout their careers. But we also know our work is never finished. We look forward to partnering with Disability:IN to improve our programs and policies, so we can continue to provide a welcoming environment where people feel safe, valued, and trusted as part of one Ultimate family.”
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This year, Ultimate launched its companywide “U Belong” program, dedicated to ensuring all Ultimate employees are comfortable bringing their whole, authentic selves to work. The program builds upon the foundations and principles of Ultimate’s longstanding diversity practices, working with leaders and employees across the company to develop a comprehensive diversity program and support system. U Belong also hosts a variety of events and workshops throughout the year to raise awareness and further educate Ultimate’s employees about individuals with disabilities, both seen and unseen. This includes such programs as a panel discussion about “Life on the Autism Spectrum,” as well as a series of events in October surrounding National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Ultimate fosters the personal growth and career success of its people through ongoing learning, mentorship, and leadership-development programs, which have long provided diversity and inclusion training for current and future managers. Course curricula include workshops on creating environments of safety and trust, recognizing and avoiding unconscious bias in the workplace, and embracing creative differences to drive innovation. As part of the company’s “New Hire Ultimization” orientation, employees also receive training in Whole Brain Thinking and learn how to have productive, “Fierce Conversations” that respect individuals’ diverse ways of thinking and processing information.
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