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HR is Dead. Long Live HR!

June 29, 2015
Kronos team at #SHRM15

Kronos team at #SHRM15

Reading can be confusing. Well, headlines. Just yesterday I read:

The former is really an indictment of the term “Human Resources.” It’s the Soylent Green thing. So Chief Human Resource Officer (Really? Is that a thing?) is being replaced by Chief People Officer or Chief Talent Officer. They sound nicer, more um, human. Anyway, titles are symbols and the real work is changing the focus from humans as capital to humans as humans. reports organizations are accelerating the modernization of their HR technology from every 5-7 years to every 3-5 years. 30% of those surveyed indicated they will update their core HR systems this year. The survey also showed increasing interest in employee self-service and mobile apps for HR systems. Hey, Kronos does all of that!

These two developments both address what a recent SHRM/Globoforce Survey reveals. The top 3 concerns of HR leaders surveyed are:

1. Employee Turnover
1. Employee Engagement (essentially a tie)
3. Culture

With the economy continuing gradual improvement and 10,000 baby-boomers a day retiring, there’s once again competition for talent, so recruiting and retaining strong employees is the top priority. The internet and social networking sites like Glassdoor and LinkedIn also make it easier than ever for candidates to research what it’s like to work for an employer. Oh, that reminds me. ‘Boston Business Journal has once again named Kronos a “Best Place to Work” in its annual ranking of Massachusetts workplaces.’

Come work inspired with Kronos!

Poll: Who Are You? – Part Deux

June 26, 2015

polling stationAbout two years ago I conducted a poll here to get a sense of who reads this blog and is willing to admit it. Since it’s Friday, and most of you (including me) have little interest in reading (or writing) a longish blog post, let’s repeat that fun poll.

Thanks, and have a swell weekend!

The Upgrade Dilemna

June 25, 2015

Android ShootoutIf you’re thinking about upgrading a phone, and I am, check out Phone Arena. They do a fantastic job of comparing feature by feature. Currently I’m comparing the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs the LG G4 vs the Google Nexus 6. They all pack pretty sweet hardware specs, but what separates them for me is the software. While there’s only one user interface (UI) on iPhones, Android phone software is often customized by the manufacturers. Samsung has “TouchWiz” and LG uses “LG UX.” The Nexus 6 uses pure Android with no tweaks. Anyway, the hardware, software, and carrier (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, etc.) all combine to deliver the total user experience (UX), and that’s what matters.

Speaking of user experience, have you seen our Workforce Central 8 webinar? The UX is much improved with HTML5. You should check it out. Over 2,500 customers have. If you are thinking about upgrading, we have 6 Tips to Make Your Upgrade Easier coming up on on Tuesday, July 21st at 2:00 PM ET. Here’s some of what’s on the agenda:

  • Archiving your data before you upgrade
  • Instituting a communication plan and creating a test plan to minimize risk at go-live
  • Assess current business processes
  • Training users on new features

The v8 software is sweet, and since hardware is a component of the total user experience, you may want to consider the Kronos cloud instead of paying for new hardware. That way your IT peeps can share in the great new Workforce Central 8 experience by not having to manage it.

Kronos modernizes workforce management for oldest YMCA in America

June 24, 2015

If you read a little about their history, you’ll learn that the Greater Boston YMCA was founded in 1851. For perspective, that’s ten years before the Civil War began. A graphic on their history and mission page illustrates the theme of their work:

“It’s the Character Element that Counts”

“Astroturfing” means fake reviews…

June 23, 2015

turfbounceEarly rollouts of Astroturf were challenged. Players in all turf sports complained the surface was too hard, summer temperatures soared into the 100’s at field level, and baseballs bounced like they were playing on the moon. The product has evolved and improved over time, but one thing hasn’t changed: It’s fake grass.

Today there’s a phenomena of fakery in the world of marketing called “astroturfing.” “Astroturfing is the attempt to create an impression of widespread grassroots support for a policy, individual, or product, where little such support exists.” Amazon has just come out with a new artificial intelligence system to help them combat fake reviews on their site. Today, customer reviews are becoming critical to the success of products and services evidenced by the success of sites like Amazon, TripAdvisor and Yelp. Consumers swarm these sites to read what they believe to be independent and unbiased reviews of products and services like hotels and restaurants.

4 review sitesFor technology solutions like Kronos, similar sites now exist, and most of these sites require users to prove their identity by signing in with a LinkedIn account. Still, that won’t stop a technology company from astroturfing by paying happy customers to write reviews. That’s not how Kronos rolls. We like our grass real, even if blogs like mine use a good amount of cow produced compost to help it grow. No, seriously, if you’re a Kronos customer using Workforce Central or Workforce Ready, and you would like to share your story to help prospective customers evaluate the Kronos experience, please consider telling your story at one or more of the following review sites. And hey – keep it real.

* G2Crowd is currently offering a $25 gift card to the first 20 Kronos Workforce Ready users who complete a review, and their eligibility to receive it is in no way conditioned on the content of their review.

“We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat”

June 22, 2015

need a bigger boatIn case you missed it, “Jaws,” the 1975 classic starring… well, a mechanical shark, is back in theaters this week in celebration of its 40th anniversary. If you, or especially your kids/grandkids have never experienced the film in a theater, do it. Trust me, everyone still jumps and screams when Ben Gardner shows up.

Of course when I think about the movie, the imagery, and especially the story, I think about the cloud. No, I do. Hear me out. The mayor and the chief had to get rid of the shark, right? It was swimming out off their shores and making both locals and visitors afraid to go in the water. It’s like if there was something swimming around in your Workforce Central system that every once in a while pops out on-screen to bite your users and your IT staff. You’re left dazed like Chief Brody… To that I say “You’re gonna need a version 8.”

Now, the whole boat thing… Why buy a boat at all? Kronos can manage everything in our cloud. The boat, the compressed air, the anti-shark cage, even the cute yellow barrels. You just sit back like Quint with the fishing rod, whistling and waiting for some other IT issue to bite.

OK, that’s my cloud analogy for today. When you’re not watching “Jaws,” you can catch a replay of our Workforce Central 8 webinar anytime (agenda), or register for 6 Tips to Make Your Upgrade Easier, coming up on Tuesday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

You get this done and you’ll be crushing it just like Quint and Hooper!

Oldie but goodie: Best-of-breed software or integrated suite?

June 19, 2015

Best-of-breed-VS-Single-VendorYeah, I know it’s Friday, and this one hurts the head, but what do you think? We have some customers that deploy many products in our Workforce Central or Workforce Ready suites including HR, Payroll, Timekeeping, and others, while some deploy just Timekeeping or Timekeeping and HR, then integrate with a 3rd party payroll provider. What’s your experience? Do vendor API’s provide the level of integration you need, or does the integration inherent in a suite deliver superior value?

While my head hurts, here are some resources I’ve found to help me understand. Happy Friday.

  1. Best-of-breed or integrated suite? 10 questions to consider
  2. Best of Breed Applications Finally Have Their Day
  3. Geoffrey Moore riffs on best-of-breed software v. integrated suite:


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