National Hockey League Team Seattle Kraken, Climate Pledge Arena Use UKG Pro to Achieve Business Goals Support DE&I Strategy | company


LOWELL, Mass. & WESTON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. April 2022–

UKGa leading provider of HR, payroll and workforce management solutions for all people, today announced that the Seattle Kraken, the 32nd National Hockey League franchise, and the Climate Pledge Arena, home of the team, UKG Pro use to manage their employees more effectively and streamline reporting.

The Kraken organization includes the professional ice hockey team and the public-facing Kraken Community Iceplex. The Climate Pledge Arena is home to the Kraken, the WNBA Seattle Storm, concerts and live entertainment. As a new franchise, Kraken transitioned from manual processes to Pro as part of its growth. The organization chose Pro because of its ability to handle the complicated multi-state payroll and tax issues faced by professional sports teams and arenas. After the solution went live, the Kraken realized strong business benefits from Pro’s easy access to employee data and reporting functionality.

“The most significant improvement with Pro to date is quick access to data that can help our business and improve the work experience for our employees,” said April West, VP of HR at the Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena. “As we expand our full-time employment, we are very focused on DE&I (diversity, equity and inclusion) efforts. Automating our due diligence around DE&I has saved me a lot of time and I know the information is 100% correct.”

West found that employee data reporting also improves the company’s management of part-time employees. As a professional arena, the Climate Pledge Arena employs over 1,000 part-time staff in guest services, security, ticketing, hospitality and operations. UKG enables HR to effectively recruit, hire, onboard and manage a dynamic pool of employees.

“Our part-time employees work at two locations and are paid by three different companies. Answering employee requests for salary and HR information prior to Pro was a significant resource drain on everyone,” West said. “With Pro, all employees now have direct access to their HR data so they can update their direct deposits, view payslips and download their W-2s. Our employees have found that the technology is easy to use and that we can all focus on the work at hand.”

“Pro provides operational transparency that can drive a company’s workplace culture and goals,” said Chris Todd, President of UKG. “We’re excited to see Kraken transform HR with Pro and improve the employee experience by leveraging the solution’s people analytics.”

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