This morning I received an email from the folks at OpenTable reminding me to reserve one for the big day. Thanks, OpenTable! I got my reminder, and people, here’s yours. Let’s see… Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, so don’t wait to get to the hardware store, because your jeweler might not be as competent, nice and accommodating as our latest 1 in one hundred million employee, Jennifer Miller! As you’ll see, Jennifer’s uh, engagement results in a wonderful customer experience. She loves what she does!
If you’re on Facebook you’ve probably seen the “Friends Day” montage celebrating Facebook’s 12th anniversary as a thing. In it they flip through pictures you’ve posted of your family and friends and the things you’ve done together. It’s cool, albeit a tad bittersweet.
Moving over to the tube of you, there’s another montage, “A Look Back at 2015 – Kronos Inc.” In it we flip through pictures of our family and customer friends and the things we’ve done together. It’s cool, and all sweet.
We’ve done a lot together…
I’ve declared my love for the work Louis Columbus does on Forbes, but again this year I’m disappointed to not see Kronos on his The Best Cloud Computing Companies and CEOs To Work For In 2016. I guess my beef isn’t with Mr. Columbus, but the folks over at Computer Reseller News. Mr. Columbus uses their list of 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors Of 2016 to form the basis of his rankings. So, I guess we have to get cooler. Here’s their definition of “cool” for cloud software providers:
Some are cool because of their leading-edge technology while others achieve “coolness” through their success in bringing cloud software to a wide audience of users.
OK, “leading-edge technology” is subjective, which is fine, but “success in bringing cloud software to a wide audience of users” is not. Over 16,000 small to mid-sized and larger organizations run in the Kronos Cloud globally, representing the majority of our customer base…
Anyway, if we were just a little cooler in the estimation of CRN, here’s how the top of the Mr. Columbus list would look:
Hey, I’m a little biased, but we’re cool and definitely a great place to work, so check us out!
Sadly, and no matter what Steve Harvey says, there’ll be no Tom Brady Flu epidemic in New England this year. However, the forecast for a Monday malady in the Carolinas and especially in Colorado is, um, a mile high. I’ll be enjoying the game on Sunday in my hermetically sealed man cave, far away from the contagion zones. Good thing, too, because according to a new survey commissioned by the bosses Workforce Institute, some 16.5 million US workers may be slackers on Monday! This is unreal, and I encourage you to read the news release. Here’s just one highlight:
Of those who plan to watch Super Bowl 50, 32 percent of men ages 18-34 and 20 percent of men ages 35-44 claim they might not go to work the following day due to the game.
Wait. Where’s my demographic?
Oh, for the record (and mine in the big game is really bad…), I’m picking and will be rooting for the team whose quarterback annoyingly yells “OMAHA” on nearly every play.
“Crawfish shorts I like your style.”
I flipped around the channels last night listening to perspectives from the left, right and center as voters in Iowa cast the first ballots of the 2016 presidential election, which began on November 6, 2012… I ended up mesmerized by the analytical map work done by CNN’s John King as he reported the vote tally and more importantly, dissected the state county by county to predict how subsequent incoming votes would affect the totals.
I’m being very careful here to be non-political. A little red, a little blue. I’m not even going to mention the final results. I’ll just quote a Journey song Tony Soprano used to play while he cruised around Jersey. I think it’s a pretty apt description of the process:
“Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on, and on, and on”
Anyway, the predictive analytics Mr. King provided were fascinating and reminded me a little of the work we do for customers with their workforce analytics. Check out our own Gregg Gordon and some of our other big data gurus as they discuss how you can use analytics to find outliers, patterns, trends, and relationships in your workforce data. Just like on TV!
I can’t believe I missed National Punch the Clock Day on Wednesday, and National Have Fun at Work Day yesterday, although they do seem odd paired on back to back days. Also, I can’t say I really had fun yesterday. It was an odd day, reminding me of that time Darth Vader strangely felt the presence of Obi Wan Kenobi. Anyway, my work day ended with me rushing out the door early to see a doctor about my eyes. Yes, “Doctor, my eyes.” So now I sit here blogging on what was supposed to be a vacation day, but really is more of a “home with goop in my eyes day.”
My plan (and it’s not really a plan) today is to finish this post, spend some time in my edX Science of Happiness course, then hit the gym. The happiness thing has got my attention, and there are real benefits at work that you can hear about in Shawn Achor’s Ted Talk, The happy secret to better work, and his talk below… At Kronos, we do a great deal to take care of our employees, and recently even had a meditation introduction class as part of our WorkInspired efforts. I hope we’ll see more like it. Oh, speaking of WorkInspired, we’re looking for a few good (like 300+) men and women to join us. You’ll be happy you did.