Ultimate Software Garners 'Elite 8 Honor'

Ultimate Software reported that it has been named to the Elite 8 of Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America.

According to a media release, the Elite 8 distinction honors companies receiving the highest scores for each of the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement, the criteria used by Achievers to determine winners on the original top-50 list.

"We are especially proud of this Elite 8 honor, as accountability is one of the core character traits we strive to embody every day," said Scott Scherr, CEO, president, and founder of Ultimate. "At Ultimate, we're focused on always doing the right thing--for each other, our customers, and the community. We trust and empower our people to perform at the highest level, achieve their best, and take responsibility for all they do."

"'People First' not only defines our culture and the way we work, but also the way we design our solution, UltiPro, and our services," said Vivian Maza, chief people officer for Ultimate. "We work hard so we can take care of our business and the families of Ultimate. To do that, we need to achieve our goals and be accountable for them. Engagement is a critical component of our culture, and we believe it's a big part of our ability to deliver the best solutions and services."

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    Tea Forté Introduces ‘Matcha’ Collection

    Convenience meets tradition in Tea Forté’s new Ceremonial Matcha Bowl Set and the Matcha Single Steeps.

    The company said its spring harvested, shade grown, stone ground, organic matcha tea is best served in a centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony called chanoyu: a preparation technique known for its centering meditative qualities.

    "The launch of Tea Forté's Matcha collection represents our continued commitment to wellness and cultivating all the potential mental and physical health benefits of tea," says Tea Forté CEO Michael Gebrael. "In addition to our high quality Pure Matcha, we've also blended four distinct flavored Matcha varieties. Prepackaged in pouches measured out for a single serving, our Single Steeps Matcha is ideal for the office, travel, or to keep with you for a boost anytime."

    Tea Forté noted its handcrafted ceremonial tea bowl, handmade bamboo whisk and measuring ladle “encourages serene enjoyment of our premium Kosher, gluten-free and vegan matcha blends.” These include: Pure Matcha, Chocolate Matcha, Coconut Matcha, Ginger Matcha, and Chai Matcha.

    According to a release, in addition to its distinctive taste, matcha is prized for its health benefits. Steeped green tea contains only the antioxidants that can be extracted in water, while with matcha, the whole leaf is consumed.

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QUICK 5 has released a year-end look at U.S. traveler behavior and trends for 2017, analyzing data to identify the most in-demand destinations, hotels, activities and more.

Among other insights, the roundup revealed:

  1. Labor Day was the busiest weekend for car rental
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  3. The average hotel stay was two nights
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