National Hockey League Team Seattle Kraken, Climate Pledge Arena Use UKG Pro to achieve business goals, support DE&I strategy

LOWELL, Mass. & WESTON, Fla., April 6, 2022– (BUSINESS WIRE) –UKGa leading provider of HR, payroll and workforce management solutions for all people, announced today that Seattle Kraken, the National Hockey League’s 32nd franchise, and Climate Pledge Arena, the team’s headquarters, are using UKG Pro to more efficiently manage their staff and streamline the reporting.

The Kraken organization includes the professional hockey team and the publicly available Kraken Community Iceplex. Climate Pledge Arena is home to the Kraken, WNBA Seattle Storm and concerts and live entertainment. As a new franchise, Kraken moved from manual processes to Pro as part of the growth. The organization chose Pro because of its ability to handle the complex pay and tax issues in several states that professional sports teams and arenas face. After going live on the solution, Kraken realized strong business benefits of easy access to employee data and Pro’s reporting functionality.

“The most notable improvement to date with Pro is rapid access to data that can help our business and improve the work experience for our employees,” said April West, VP of HR at Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena. “As we grow our full-time workforce, we are very focused on DE&I (diversity, equality and inclusion). The automation of our care around DE&I has saved me a significant amount of time, and I know the information is 100% accurate.”

West noted that reporting employee data also improves the company’s management of part-time employees. As a professional arena, Climate Pledge Arena employs over 1,000 part-time employees in guest service, security, ticket sales, hospitality and operations. UKG enables HR to efficiently recruit, hire, board and manage a dynamic pool of employees.

“Our part-time employees work in two places and are paid by three different companies. Responding to employees’ requests for payroll and HR information before Pro was a significant resource consumption for everyone,” West said. “Now with Pro, all employees have direct access to their HR data, so they can update their direct deposit, view payslips and download their W-2s. Our staff has found the technology easy to navigate and we all can focus on the work ahead. “

“Pro delivers operational visibility that can drive a company’s workplace culture and goals,” said Chris Todd, president of UKG. “We are excited to see how Kraken is transforming HR with Pro and improving employee experience with the use of the solution’s personnel analysis.”

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