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.
I love guest blogs, and today guest-blogger Valerie Welland shares her experience with Sarah Tiernan, a shiny new employee in our Product, Technology, and Cloud (PT&C) organization. Thanks Val and Sarah!
“I am always doing that which I can not do,
in order that I may learn how to do it.”
~ Pablo Picasso
When you are a new employee at a company, you probably are going through a new hire orientation of some sort, and possibly training pertaining to your position. The training is important and will help set your new career in motion and give you a jump start learning your new position and what the company is like. If you are a new Kronite and part of the PT&C group, you are not only lucky to be working at one of the best places to work, you have a pretty fantastic trainer as well. Meet Sarah Tiernan.
Sarah is the Technical Training Program Specialist for the Kronos PT&C organization. I put on my reporter hat and headed over to our technology center to talk with Sarah about her approach to training, and how she impacts the overall customer experience.
Sarah started at Kronos eight months ago and has helped revolutionize the training program. She has already become an extremely valued part of the PT&C team and has earned some internal “kudo” awards and positive feedback:
“…she is really thinking about her customer and the extra effort she continually puts in to make everyone on the team feel important.”
So how is Sarah creating such a buzz? Using a collaborative approach she and her team explore different ways to make the training not only informative, but fun. She told me the support she received from her manager, allowed her to use a “blank canvas” to create the training. Her goal was to not only make sure the new employees have the tools they need to succeed, such as HTML 5 and Angular JS, but also encourage them to think about our customers as they develop our products. She takes many approaches to training, even taking it outside of the classroom.
The most rewarding aspect of her position is seeing people, who may not normally engage, become engaged and help her “paint the canvas” for Kronos (Sarah even has suggestion boxes placed around the building to let her know how the programs are working out.).
Sarah’s passion for learning & development, enthusiastic attitude, and bubbly personality is infectious; I even left the interview with a spring in my step. Sarah, I am glad you are part of the Kronos family and thank you for all you do to make employees comfortable and customer focused. If you would like to meet Sarah – Kronos is hiring!