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UKG unveils new invite-only partner network

New initiative aims to support and guide organisations in building purpose-driven workplace cultures

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HR and workforce management solutions provider UKG is introducing a new culture-focused partner ecosystem, which aims to help businesses create effective workplace experiences.

The US-based company says it is building a “carefully cultivated network” of handpicked strategic consulting partners who will guide and support executive leaders during multi-year culture change management efforts.

Born from the merger of Kronos and Ultimate Software back in 2020, UKG specialises in providing workforce management and human resource management solutions and services. The company’s Life-work technology approach is now leveraged by over 70,000 organisations around the world.

With its new partner network, the provider says it will be working with consultancies that align with its focus on people-centric experiences and those that possess a “deep understanding” of the UKG Life-work Technology approach to solution design.

“Change is hard, and organisations who have committed themselves to moving the needle from a good to a great workplace deserve to have expert leadership and guidance that they can lean on throughout the journey,” commented Patrick Lannon, vice president of global alliances at UKG.

“Our inaugural partners, Ankura Consulting and Culture Partners, are those experts in culture, data-driven insights, transformation, and UKG technology, and will use their expertise to help organisations implement measurable improvements and achieve their goals,” Lannon added.

UKG added that its partners will be well positioned to help business leaders capitalise on emerging UKG technologies to optimise the “intersection of process, policy, technology, employee behaviour, and employee care”.

Transformation projects also leverage data-driven insights, which includes research from workplace culture specialist Great Place to Work.

“We are in the business of creating purposeful and meaningful work experiences for all people, and feel it is our duty to utilise the resources we have to create an entire ecosystem of like-minded change agents,” said Chris Todd, CEO at UKG.

“We will continue to selectively grow our UKG network of culture-focused consulting partners to provide organisations with the expertise and experience required to improve business results by putting people first.”

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The announcement follows a string of recent developments for UKG, including the acquisition of UK-based workforce planning solutions startup Quorbit.

The firm has also just launched UKG Labs, a new startup ecosystem and virtual laboratory of six early-stage businesses that focus on human capital management (HCM) products.

These startups will work closely with UKG to leverage its HCM workplace management and expertise to address challenges, as well as engage with UKG customers to conduct market discovery, gather feedback, and prove validity of concepts, the firm said.

“Our mission for UKG Labs is to accelerate innovation in the workplace to help organisations support and guide people along their individual life-work journeys,” commented Hugo Sarrazin, UKG’s chief product and technology officer.

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