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LAST CHANCE! KronosWorks 2018 Summer Savings

July 19, 2018

A few things you should know today:

  • KronosWorks summer savings ends tomorrow, Friday, July 20th!
  • This means you have one last chance to secure the $1,575 registration rate – more than $200 in savings.
  • After registering for KronosWorks, you can also save $150 on Kronos TechKnowledgy Preconference workshops. Advance pricing is currently at $925 for roughly the next 24 hours.

Attendees from far and wide come to KronosWorks to network, receive hands-on training, take advantage of one-on-one conversations with Kronos experts, and gain exclusive insight into new Kronos products and solutions. If you haven’t attended the event before, here’s a video that previews what goes on during the awesome 2 ½  day event in Las Vegas.

 

 

Before you make any final decisions, take a peek at the sessions catalog to see what you might like to attend. Search by day, recommended track, and duration to sort through the content offered this year. But what you see isn’t all that you’ll get. More sessions will be added as the event gets closer.

Please feel free to email KronosWorks@ASKusa.com or call 1-844-494-5265 with any questions, and the KronosWorks Events Team will be happy to assist. For announcements regarding registration, price breaks, and the agenda, log in to the Kronos Community and join the KronosWorks group.

Hope to see you in Vegas November 4-7!

PODCAST: Integration is an enabler, not a necessary evil

July 17, 2018

 

When you think about the word integration, what comes to mind? Let’s say someone approached you with that question. Would you have any idea how to explain it? I didn’t until I sat down with Matthew Brown and Ed White to talk about the magic behind software integrations. Matthew, a director in Kronos Services, and Ed, a manager in Product Management hold a wealth of knowledge on this technically tantalizing topic.

I’m excited to share this 30-minute podcast focusing on the nuts and bolts of the integration methods that enable us to gather the information we’re seeking – whether for work or for play.

You’ll learn about:

  • Integration methodologies
  • When and why they’re used
  • How they empower businesses and organizations

The takeaway? Integration should not be an afterthought. Organizations must put integration at the forefront of conversations about new technologies. If they don’t, according to Matthew, they’ll likely “pay for it down the road with manual processes, disparate data, and siloed functionality.”

And stay tuned for our second integrations podcast where I speak with two more Kronos experts about integrations and Workforce Dimensions. Discover the exciting capabilities the solution has to offer – made possible by partnerships with other awesome companies. Coming soon!

 

Good news on Friday the 13th – Historical Corrections for Workforce Central 8

July 13, 2018

Let me tell you a story.

GettyImages-678308142.jpgIt’s Friday the 13th, and Freddie must have stepped on every crack in the sidewalk and crossed all the black cats in the neighborhood the way her morning is going. She spilled coffee on her white shirt, the café where she is a regular messed up her usual breakfast sandwich, she’s late for work…and it’s raining. Yikes. Happy Friday Freddie!

Freddie finally arrives to work, sits down at her desk, and opens Kronos. She sees that several signed-off timecards have missing pay codes and incorrect punches. Freddie shakes her head and reminds herself to take the next Friday the 13th off. But then she remembers the enhanced Historical Corrections feature for Workforce Central 8.0.13 and above! And with that her luck began to change.

What are Historical Corrections?

A blessing, a bonus, a benefit. A safety net should you need it. Workforce Timekeeper doesn’t allow edits or adjustments to be made to locked data. But managers with access to Historical Corrections can revise incorrect information that has already been signed off in the system – missing pay codes, incorrect transfer information, missing or incorrect punches, and retroactive wage adjustments, for example.

The Historical Corrections feature was introduced with the release of Workforce Central 8.0 and has since been enhanced to allow even more functionality, including the ability to support viewing totals for current and previous pay periods in a Genie without double counting, specify a money pay code for retro wage calculations, and select an effective date for pay out, to name a few.

How do you perform Historical Corrections?

Think about it as a three-part process.

  1. First, ensure that the time period you want to correct is signed off.
  2. Next, enable edits. Some organizations will do this automatically and some will manually do this from a Genie.
  1. Finally, make your edits from a Genie or right in the timecard.

For individual employee corrections, as in Freddie’s case, changes are made directly in the historical timecard. You’ll first want to access the employee timecard and verify that its status is signed-off and that edits have been enabled. A quick way to tell if timecards are signed-off is to look at the background. If it’s gray, the timecard is signed off. And if edits are enabled, the add and delete row buttons will be active. Now, go ahead and make your changes or add the data you need to input.

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Next, click the splitter bar to view the timecard add-on tabs. Select the Historical Corrections tab to verify the expected results and Save. Your changes are saved and any resulting updates to pay are applied to the time period defined by the pay rule.

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It’s a great feature! And one that is certainly helpful. For more on modifying and deleting corrections, adding comments, and recalculating data or wage info, KnowledgePass subscribers can access the recorded Learning Live session (ID number YKLL80-37) on Historical Corrections in Workforce Central 8 and download the corresponding enhancements handout and job aid.

Resources are also available on the Kronos Community. Check out article number 000050732, titled Workforce Timekeeper v8.0.13 Historical Corrections for the Workforce Central Historical Corrections and Configuration User Guide.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what happens to Freddie, I can assure you that the second half of her day will go much better.

“When you believe in things that you don’t understand

Then you suffer

Superstition ain’t the way”

 

Kronos launches new member recognition program for exceptional responders, teachers, and creators in the Kronos Community

July 10, 2018

Pop quiz! Which of the following do you agree with?

  1. I like to pay it forward. If someone is working through a challenge that I’ve already overcome, I’m happy to respond and share my experience.
  2. In another life, it’s possible I was a teacher. I enjoy helping people learn.
  3. I’m a creator, and I like to share ideas when I have them.
  4. All of the above

GettyImages-534574049.jpgThere’s no wrong answer to this quiz. But if you thought, “yup, that’s me” when reading any of the statements, you might be a Community Superuser in the making.

Community Superusers are exceptionally engaged contributors in our 30,000+ member online community. The new recognition program, launched earlier this month, awards customers who are going above and beyond to collaborate and interact with peers in the Kronos Community.

Superusers answer questions, share ideas, and consistently participate in discussions to help members maximize the features of their Kronos solutions. Selections are based on number of community points earned throughout the year as well as elected behaviors like responding, teaching, and creating. With Superuser status, you get access to a number of rewards including swag, community recognition, special training access, KronosWorks passes, and more.

Sound interesting? Find out more on the Kronos Community Superuser program page and check out who is currently on the Top 10 List! If you notice anyone practicing Superuser behaviors, please share what you’ve seen at community@kronos.com.

 

Don’t be a workaholic. Delegate authority with Workforce Central instead.

July 5, 2018

GettyImages-540799547Hey, you. Yeah, you! Are you supposed to be working today? If you’ve requested a long weekend following the Fourth of July but are still checking emails, approving timecards, or taking calls, this day is for you. Happy Workaholic’s Day!

Yes, today (July 5th) is National Workaholic’s Day. I’m not kidding!

Maybe work is what you love, and you’re happy to log on and do this or that for an hour or so on your days off. But you should know that you don’t have to be a workaholic when it comes to your workforce management responsibilities – reviewing time cards, approving time-off requests, checking schedules. Workforce Central allows managers to delegate authority and assign timekeeping and scheduling functions to a manager who will be in the office.

So, next time you take an extended family vacation, request backup coverage. Here’s how:

  1. Access Actions and then click Mgr_Delegation. If other delegation assignments exist, click Create New Delegation.
  2. From the Delegate drop-down list, select the manager to whom you’d like to delegate your tasks.
  3. Select the Start Date and End Date for the time you need assistance.
  4. Select the appropriate Role profile that includes the applicable Function Access and Display profiles for the tasks that you want to delegate to this manager. Contact your Kronos Administrator if the Role profile you require does not appear in the list.
  5. Click Save & Close. The delegation request is sent to the manager-delegate’s Request Manager widget.

Delegating Authority

After the delegation period ends and you’ve returned from vacation, delegated rights are removed and its business as usual again. If for some reason you end up back in the office earlier than expected – those workaholic tendencies can’t be tamed – it’s easy to manually cancel a manager backup request:

  1. Access Actions and click Mgr_Delegation.
  2. Select Remove Existing Delegation, and then click Next.
  3. Select the manager delegation that you want to cancel, and then click delete.

Canceling Authority

Delegating authority in Workforce Central is a handy feature for other situations that require extended leave as well; medical leave, conferences, and training, for example. The ability to transfer control helps to ensure that processes and procedures continue uninterrupted even while you’re not there.

For KnowledgePass subscribers seeking additional resources on how to make the most of this functionality, search for delegating authority in the Knowledge Nuggets Library or reference the name Delegating Authority – Navigator course in the content library.

Delegating authority course

Interested in learning more about how to set up delegation? Take a look at the recorded webinar, Setting Up Manager Delegation (Recorded Learning Live) in KnowledgePass.

Four podcasts to spice up your Fourth of July road trip

July 3, 2018

Are you hitting the road today? If so, I wish you luck! It’s you and close to 40 million other Americans setting out to celebrate Independence Day. According to AAA, this is a record-setting year, and today is the busiest of the travel days. I’m fortunate enough to already be at my Fourth of July destination. Blogging with a view…pictured for reference:

Lake

But for those of you jumping in your cars and braving the traffic, I want to help make the trip more bearable. I am recommending my four favorite podcasts to help you pass the time.

  1. Workforce Institute Radio (The Workforce Insitute) – Helping organizations with practical advice for management issues that affect both hourly and salaried employees.
  2. How I Built This (NPR) – Telling the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies.
  3. Stuff You Should Know (HowStuffWorks) – Educating on common things and how they work.
  4. TED Radio Hour (NPR) – Exploring fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create.

Whether you’re hoping to tune out your fellow passengers or simply use your travel time wisely, one of these shows will do the trick. Topics are fun and interesting, and I always end up learning something worthwhile. First on the list is Workforce Institute Radio, the only one of the four specifically featuring discussions with thought leaders in the workforce management and human capital management space. Then we have business insight, fun facts, and innovation…no real theme here other than that they are my most frequented shows. Each is available on Apple Podcasts.

You can also check out our recent Working Smarter Café podcast, An inside look into user research. Audio available on YouTube!

 

Safe travels and have a happy and healthy Independence Day!

Christmas in July – How Workforce Ready helps retailers hire

June 28, 2018

RT_ShoppingSome of us haven’t even hit the beach yet this summer, and retailers are already hiring for the holidays. I guess you can never be too prepared for the most wonderful time of the year, considering around 30 percent of annual retail sales fall between Black Friday and Christmas.

In today’s evolving, competitive retail landscape, filling open positions is sometimes a long, costly, and challenging effort. There’s plenty of talent out there, but some say it’s a candidate’s market. So how can you be smarter about hiring new talent? Ask yourself this. As a Workforce Ready customer, are you taking advantage of all the talent acquisition features the solution has to offer?

This resource pinpoints some of the ways Workforce Ready can help you through the hiring process:

  1. Proactively source candidates by posting job listings to your career website and targeted job boards – all from one central solution.
  2. Focus on best-fit candidates by asking pre-screening questions in online applications.
  3. Create job requisitions with automated approval workflows and gain at-a-glance visibility into applicant status.

It’s important to think about hiring year-round – whether it’s Christmas in July or Christmas when it’s actually the Christmas season – because your workforce is your biggest competitive advantage. For more on managing your people and your processes, follow What Works – a blog featuring insights to help you navigate these hassles.

Hungry…to learn? Knowledge Nuggets for Workforce Central

June 26, 2018

Here’s a mind-blowing truth. Until about a year ago, I had never eaten a chicken nugget. Most people wonder how I survived without this staple. Somehow I managed.

I’m far from a food connoisseur, but I do know a thing or two about a different type of nugget. Along with your KnowledgePass learning portal subscription comes access to Knowledge Nuggets – quick-hit, how-to product tips helping you better leverage your Workforce Central solution.

KnowledgePass is your online education portal, providing around-the-clock access to in-depth training content. Every two weeks, you’ll see a new nugget featured on the KnowledgePass homepage.

Here’s how to access:

  1. Log in to KnowledgePass
  2. Click the Knowledge Nugget icon for the latest video under the Welcome heading, or
  3. Select the link to the Knowledge Nugget Library for the full list

 

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The next new nugget will go live on July 9th, so be on the lookout to see what’s served up. If you’d like to request a particular kind of nugget, the Workforce Central Educational Services team encourages you to reach out via email at knowledgepass@kronos.com.

Visit the Workforce Central Learn page on the Kronos Community for more learning resources!

 

Ruff day? Pets at work make it better

June 22, 2018

Dog lovers around the world are sharing photos of their furry friends to celebrate the 20th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. This amazing event began in 1999 as a day to celebrate dogs and promote pet adoptions – a very paws-itive cause.

Bringing pets to work seems to have an ever-expanding role in the employee engagement conversation. In fact, companies are implementing pet-friendly policies, allowing dogs to accompany their humans to the office once or twice a month or even once or twice a week. Isn’t that paw-some?! The logic is that this will help attract and retain happy employees, and happy employees equal a more productive and engaged workforce.

I’m an animal lover, so I’m of course on board with everything this day represents. To have a little fun on a Friday, here are the furry family members of a few of my fellow Kronites. We thought about their personalities and what type of co-worker they would be if they actually worked with us:

The one who lives for lunch

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The cool dude

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The slacker who sleeps on the job

Cats

 

The one who just continuously puzzles you (sound on)

 

Play your own game of whose pet is who! Trust me, it’s fun.

The underestimated quality of a great leader

June 21, 2018

This week, Kronos announced that CEO Aron Ain won a Glassdoor Employee’s Choice Award ranking 27th out of 100 CEOs across North America and parts of Europe! The Top CEOs in 2018 list stretches across multiple industries, but when looking specifically at Computer Hardware & Software, Aron Ain is in the top 10 overall.

CEOs-Logo-01 (002)Being a top-rated leader isn’t easy. And it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and effort to gain the trust of your employees and to continuously encourage them to work smarter. Yes, leaders must be driven, confident, capable of making tough decisions, and innovative in their thinking; but the great leaders I’ve come across – be it in academia, athletics, work, or just in life – seem to have one quality in common: thoughtfulness.

I consider this an underestimated quality because it’s probably not number one, two, three, or even ten on most lists highlighting top leadership characteristics. But speaking from personal experience working as an individual contributor for two great companies in my short career thus far, I’ve noticed that the leaders I admire most are thoughtful people.

Being thoughtful isn’t complicated or even all that difficult. Thoughtfulness is a good morning in the hallway or the effort to ask about an employee in a genuine manner. Time and time again, I am impressed by what Aron Ain remembers about his employees. He goes out of his way to get to know them too. For example, I was grabbing coffee a couple weeks ago with a new summer intern. Aron walked by, and realizing they hadn’t met, he stopped to shake hands and ask about her role at Kronos.

Kindness goes a long way, and I believe that kind leaders contribute to building an inspiring work culture. Under the last 13 years of Aron’s leadership, employee engagement scores have climbed from 60 percent to 87 percent and revenue has more than doubled. This is no coincidence, he says, emphasizing that there is a strong connection between employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and business success.

We’re lucky to have Aron as a leader at Kronos! What about the leaders at your organization? What are they doing to help you feel inspired? Would love to see your comments below!

Aron

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