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Megan’s Maxims – Risky Business

May 25, 2017
Today’s topic is inspired by Megan Brown, Workforce Management Strategist for Kronos Advisory Services and all around Kronos expert. It’s the second post in the new Working Smarter Café Mini Series Megan’s Maxims. Read on for Megan’s advice on how to make the most of your Workforce Timekeeper solution, and click here for the first series entry!

 

Did you know that President William Howard Taft signed the US Labor Department into existence on March 4th, 1913?

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For over 100 years, the Department of Labor (DOL) has ensured safe and healthy workplaces for workforces across the nation. No matter if you’re in healthcare, education, banking, or logistics, it’s critical to operate within the standard rules, regulations, policies, and best practices of your industry.

Changing trends and industry landscapes make minimizing compliance risk an ongoing journey (one that’s lasted about 104 years), especially when making decisions involving every organization’s greatest asset – its employees.

Here are some Kronos approved application tips to help minimize compliance risk and safeguard your workforce and your organization as a whole:

  1. Regulate function access profiles to reduce any potential timekeeping errors and manager inconsistency
  2. Control managers’ access to pay codes that your Kronos system can calculate for you
  3. Limit managers’ access to their own timecards to prevent the possibility of less-than-honest activity
  4. Set up ALL employees to submit time off through Kronos to ensure accrual balances are automatically and accurately recorded for exempt employees once the time is used

Look for more maxims from Megan coming soon! Here’s a sneak peek:

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Prioritize What Matters

May 23, 2017

Instead of saying, ‘I don’t have time,’ say, ‘It’s not a priority.’”

2000px-Modern_clock_chris_kemps_01.svgI still think about this one quote weeks after listening to Laura Vanderkam’s teleclass on how to successfully make the most of your time. I think it’s the painstakingly clear yet somewhat overlooked truth of the expression that inspires me. Of course what we mean when we say “I don’t have time for ‘x’” is really “I’ve decided to do ‘y’ instead because I consider it more important than ‘x’.” Anyway – It might not seem like it, but we all have the power to make choices about how we spend our time.

Vanderkam’s talk was delivered in a personal context, but the idea applies in the corporate/business world as well. Different organizations choose to prioritize their time in different areas. For Kronos, choosing to put our customers first is a no-brainer and a foundational part of our core company values as well.

I’ve learned throughout my time at Kronos that what you do matters, regardless of your role, position, or area of expertise. So no, unfortunately, I can’t answer your questions about optimizing system configuration, but I can spread the word about Services that might be helpful to you! In the end, all of us at Kronos have a common goal – and that is working together to provide an end-to-end, all around outstanding experience for our customers.

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By the way, if you are upgrading your Kronos solution and interested in optimizing your system before you start, check out how we can help: Workforce Management Optimized Checkup.

Engage your employees; it keeps you grounded.

May 18, 2017

JengaAn organization or business is like a Jenga tower. I found my mind wandering in this direction over a cup of tea this morning.

My logic…The structure is balanced and sturdy when all the right supporting blocks are in place, but it’s pretty rickety when those pieces are missing. Many “blocks” work together to keep organizations on the path to success, and one that often flies under the radar is employee engagement.

A recent Kronos press release revealed financial services as an industry with this theoretical “Jenga block” slightly out of place. According to a study conducted in partnership with Future Workplace, flexibility, philanthropy, meaningful work, transparency, and innovation are crucial when it comes to gaining, engaging, and retaining talent. After all, 73 percent of employees say it’s important for them to see what a company stands for before joining, and 52 percent want to work for a company with a strong philanthropic mission (per the study).

Dan Schawbel, Research Director at Future Workplace, describes four ways financial services companies can tackle this issue head on and compete for top talent in the most recent post on the Workforce Institute at Kronos.  Here’s a sneak peek of the article:

  1. Become more transparent
  2. Provide more flexibilityfinancial services
  3. Make philanthropy a priority
  4. Innovate

All in all, it’s important not to overlook the elements that play a role in shaping your overall corporate environment, because doing so ultimately affects the people who want to work for you. Kronos can help you keep all your supporting Jenga blocks securely in place to maintain a strong, sturdy structure while your tower continues to evolve with the industry.

Click here to learn more about our Advisory Services offering for financial services!

Scheduling Saves Lives

May 16, 2017

HC-LTC_nursinghome-nurseI love a crisp, clean, organized schedule. It’s one of those little things in life that just makes everything better, for me anyway. I recently went on vacation to Nashville with a couple of friends and suggested we create a schedule for our stay – “Don’t be ridiculous,” they said. “We’ll go with the flow.” Right – I still made one…and guess who asked for a copy?

Whether we arrived at the Country Music Hall of Fame by 10:00am on Day Two wasn’t a matter of life or death, but there are situations when a well thought out schedule can make a monumental difference. For example, at a hospital it’s so important to schedule the proper skill-level and the accurate number of nurses for every given shift because some lives really do depend on it. Workforce Scheduler helps healthcare organizations ensure they have the right people, in the right place, at the right time to provide patients with the care they deserve.  asset-thumbnail-sv0230(1)

And Kronos strategic advisors can help make sure you have an actionable strategy for building the right staff schedules. We’ll review your current policies, procedures, and goals and provide you with recommendations so you can deliver the best possible experience to your patients – and to your staff as well. Learn more about the Scheduling Readiness Assessment here.

P.S. Hope you’re enjoying our fresh new look!

Building Energy

May 15, 2017

“The law of conservation of energy, a fundamental concept of physics, states that the total amount of energy remains constant in an isolated system. It implies that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but can be changed from one form to another.”

New Kronos HQ in Lowell, MA

OK, I’m not going to dispute a fundamental law of physics, but our move to a new corporate headquarters in Lowell, MA is creating energy. Maybe it’s the “isolated system” thing. The new building is a new atmosphere of charged particles and people. As Darth Vader might have said, “I sense something. An energy I’ve not felt since…” Well, I get over to the new digs about once a week to meet with fellow Kronites, and the energy in the place is amazing.

With our employee engagement already at 87%, and with Kronos being a best workplace for women, AND just being named a “best employer” by Forbes for the 3rd straight year, what will all this added energy and excitement bring to the business?  What I’m seeing and experiencing is more collaboration leading to more innovation leading to more value and more successful outcomes for customers. So if you’re looking for a “great place to work,” we have over 180 open positions

We may be “pushing 40” as a company, but maybe 40 really is the new 20…

Kronos – Defying the laws of physics since 1977!

Megan’s Maxims: A New Working Smarter Café Mini Series

May 11, 2017
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Megan Brown, MBA, PMP, Workforce Management Strategist, Kronos

Today’s topic is inspired by Megan Brown, Workforce Management Strategist for Kronos Advisory Services and all around Kronos expert. It’s the first post in the new Working Smarter Café Mini Series Megan’s Maxims. Read on for Megan’s advice on how to make the most of Workforce Timekeeper!

 

A wise French playwright once penned “On n’est jamais servi si bien que par soi-même”, or more commonly known to us in translated form as “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”

Monsieur Etienne makes a good point, but a lot has changed since the 1800s. We now have fantastic tools like computers, algorithms, and databases, and they all work together so that we don’t always have to manually “do it ourselves” to achieve reliable results.

Do you find yourself trying to do it all alone in Kronos? Megan Brown offers these tips on how to set up your system to shoulder the work so you won’t have to. Maximize Workforce Timekeeper for your organization with these simple steps:

  1. Intouch-AngleCalculate time with work rules to work smarter and increase manager time to value.
  2. Be smart about your clock configuration to make job transfers simple and efficient.
  3. Automate time-off requests so schedules and timecards can share employee data in real time.
  4. Leverage the Attestation Tool Kit to empower employees with access to timecards at the clocks.

Questions about how to make the most of your Workforce Timekeeper solution? Let us know on Community!

Want a Byte?

May 10, 2017

Does anyone else feel like sitting is a real challenge? It’s amazing how difficult this simple act can be. I’m not a happy camper if I’m forced to stay still for extended periods of time – especially for training. Honestly, who is?

I recently heard about the new Kronos Learning Bytes education series. Each course is only two hours, is held remotely, and includes interactive, hands-on activities to practice learnings in real time. You learn, you give what you learn a try, and you’re done. Two hours is shorter than most movies. It’s doable.

Learning Bytes Registration Screen CaptureThis education opportunity is designed for experienced Workforce Central customers who actively work within their Kronos systems; not those in the midst of implementations. Kicking off the first course sequence in the series is Kronos Learning Bytes: Optimize for ROI running Monday, May 15th through Wednesday, May 17th. Registration is open if you’re interested in taking a look.

Keeping up to date on Workforce Central tips, tricks, and best practices doesn’t have to be tough. It can be a quick, yet productive experience – like snacking but for education. So, take a byte of something new to see if Kronos Learning Bytes is for you (rhyme fully intended).

Depending on your location, please direct questions about Kronos Learning Bytes to: US/Canada/LATAM  trainingregistration@kronos.com

EMEA  EMEATraining@kronos.com

APAC  Apac.Education@kronos.com

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