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3 Ways to Learn About the Kronos Community

October 12, 2017

One of my biggest pet peeves is feeling lost about where to look or where to go when I need answers. If I have questions about a tool, product, or software I’m using, I want to know where I can get my information – quickly and efficiently. Doesn’t everybody?

That’s why customer communities are AWESOME. They are one-stop-shops where customers can leverage an engaged network of peers and interact with knowledgeable experts who know how to help. But what’s even better is online customer communities are so much more than just support. For example, the Kronos Community helps you make the most of your Kronos solution by providing the tools and resources you need to be successful independently. You can also share product ideas and network with other Kronos users – in addition to logging support cases and getting answers to user questions.

Laptop-WFCIf you’ve been to the Kronos Community (or even if you haven’t) and are curious to know more, here are three ways to get your hands on additional information:

  1. Webinars – Tune into the below on-demand webinars to see what’s new and understand all the Community has to offer. *Note: Registration is required to access the recordings.
  2. SNAPSHOT videos – Visit the Kronos Community YouTube page for quick and easy how-to tutorials.
  3. KronosWorks! – Will you be there? Make sure to stop by and visit Kronos Community experts at the expo booth or attend the Ask the Kronos Community Experts Panel to hear tips and tricks from top contributing customers.

Kronos on the Big Screen

October 10, 2017

FUN FACT: At one time, Kronos might have been part of your weekly TV routine and you didn’t even know it.

Night ShiftSo, what do Breaking Bad, True Blood, The Night Shift, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Kronos have in common? It’s an interesting connection actually…the Kronos Intouch timeclock debuted in each show! Check out the Kronos Highlight Reel to see each of the scenes where we’ve made it to the big screen. And if you’re currently watching any of these shows on-demand or tuning into the below movies, keep your eyes peeled to see if you can catch a glimpse of an InTouch on the set yourself.

Speaking of timeclocks…these valuable tools can be instrumental in helping to keep costs under control. Did you know that more than 13.6 million* American workers report being overpaid? Automated timekeeping devices create visibility into employee data and make it easier for companies and organizations to proactively manage incremental minutes.

Learn more about this TODAY at 2:00 p.m. ET by joining the webinar How Can Time Clocks Drive Strategy? Insight into Controllable Costs. It’s not too late to register!

*Calculation based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report from January 2017 that estimates there are 152.08 million employed people in the U.S.: 152.08M x 9% = 13.68 million

Kronos Global Services: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

October 5, 2017

Last week on Working Smarter Cafe, we featured the HR Tech Outlook article Four Keys to Building a Global Workforce Management Strategy. Kronos VP of Global Professional Services Kristina Lengyel shares her insight and expertise on “going global” and expanding teams across borders.

“The benefits of globalization are many, yet in the rush to achieve all that such a strategy has to offer, many organizations tend to overlook the role of workforce management.”Kristina Lengyel, HR Tech Outlook

So, how does an expanding organization allocate the proper amount of time and consideration toward a global workforce management strategy? Think globally and act locally. And the good news is Kronos can help you lay the groundwork for success.

Whether it’s your first time deploying or you’re expanding into new geographies, the Kronos Global Services team is here to help you develop a strategy that aligns with your goals and desired outcomes. Our strategic advisors, program managers, solution architects, and business analysis leverage years of experience working with leading organizations around the world to help you navigate through the complexities of a global solution deployment – the possibility of under-estimating localization or interpreting rules and regulations from country to country, for example.

Robert Martinek“We’re not just any old firm that works with [customers], we’re really partners, and we master all challenges together. That’s our promise to customers.” – Robert Martinek, Global Programme Manager

Watch new Kronos Global Services video to learn more about the team!

Smart snacking – It’s good for the brain.

October 3, 2017

dark chocolate.jpgWe all have those days when our brains are sluggish. Sometimes I feel great, I’m ready to go, but the brain is clearly late for work. It’s the worst. There are many different factors affecting brainpower, but did you know that food is thought to be a contributor?

Here are a few of my favorites:

Blueberries: With tons of antioxidants, eating blueberries can help enhance brain cell communication and even improve memory.

Eggs: Also thought to be linked to memory and brain cell communication, yolks contain choline, a nutrient similar to B vitamins.

Dark Chocolate: The good stuff, 70% dark or above. When consumed in moderation, it’s possible that cocoa improves brain activity because of stimulants like caffeine and theobromine.

Spinach: Leafy greens are thought to keep your brain young!

Walnuts: Antioxidant-rich and packed with DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid. And we need Omega-3s to build brain cells!

I don’t know about you, but just in case, I think it’s time for a snack. Got to make sure those brain cells keep chatting.

Go Global

September 28, 2017

Kristina LengyelManaging your workforce isn’t an easy job, especially if you’re expanding across the globe. There are so many moving parts and important details to think about – How do you know where to start? Featured on HR Tech Outlook’s CXO Insights, Kristina Lengyel, VP of Global Professional Services at Kronos describes how organizations can reach past their borders and expand into foreign markets.

As noted in the article, four key elements contribute to building a global workforce management strategy:

1. Embrace Global Standardization

Standardization leads to strength. It provides the solid start you need to construct the right foundation for an effective and unified global workforce management strategy.

2. Target Process with High Value and High Potential

Invest time and effort in the areas that will result in the greatest value. If you’re still operating on manual processes, automated solutions for time and attendance, scheduling, and analytics could deliver tremendous benefits to your organization – especially when globally standardized!

3. Build Consensus and Create Consistency

Strategize, plan, and verify that you have the right people on board. That includes senior leadership and C-suite executives. Decision makers must be in support of what it takes to achieve global expansion.

4. Empower the Team and Plan for Change

Empower your subject matter experts to share the information each country or region needs to know about the new global strategy. Making agreements up front and clearly communicating change management initiatives will help avoid conflicts between cultures.World Icon

Click here to read more about “going global” in the original article on HR Tech Outlook!

5 Children’s Books Worth Remembering

September 26, 2017

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Whether we like it or not, we all grow up. And it definitely happens really fast – doesn’t climbing the jungle gym and swinging on the tire swing seem like just yesterday? But time passes, and suddenly our challenges become more serious, our conversations more complex, our decisions more pressing, and our responsibilities greater.

Even though wisdom comes with age (usually), I’d like to remind us all of a few children’s stories with timeless life lessons worth remembering.

1. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein

This story teaches us that generosity, compassion, and selflessness blend together to create happiness. I’ve found my mind wandering to The Giving Tree in multipipe discussions relating to Customer Success. When customers come looking for help, what do we do? We provide them with the tools, resources, and direction they need to successfully reach their goals.

2. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

This might be my favorite. The Winnie the Pooh tales reveal the importance of humility and always doing the right thing. When it comes to what’s best for customers, we should continually make the choice to put their needs first.

3. Have You Filled a Bucket Today – Carol McCloud

Be kind, treat others with respect, and remember that our actions impact others around us. The decisions we make affect our customers, regardless of the teams or organizations we represent or the tasks and responsibilities that fill our days. Everyone plays a role in shaping the customer experience.

4. Matilda – Roald Dahl

Have courage. Knowledge is power, and we should use it! Our ideas matter, so we owe it to ourselves to be brave – if not for ourselves, then for our customers. Speak up and advocate for customers even when they can’t see you in action.

5. The Lorax – Dr. Seuss

LoraxIf something has meaning, keep it safe. One simple verse sums up this lesson, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.”

Kids become adults and reading habits change, but wise characters like Winnie the Pooh and The Lorax have equal relevance in our lives now as they did in our youth.

So…time for new reading material on your office bookshelf?

Improving Manager Effectiveness

September 21, 2017

 “For better or for worse, people managers have the single biggest impact on an organization’s performance.” – Dave Almeda

Discussion between 2 co-workersFeeling comfortable with your manager is such an important part of your overall workplace experience. I’ve been extremely lucky in my short career thus far with three amazing managers. Fortunately, Kronos has a manta – that everyone deserves a great manager – and it’s an important one at that.

So, what makes a great leader? How is an effective manager defined? To find out, Kronos launched a Manager Effectiveness Index (MEI), a people manager assessment program delving into the depths of management at Kronos. The result? Confirmation that management, employee engagement, performance, and retention are all linked.

Dave Almeda, Kronos Chief People Officer, shared his valuable insight into improving manager effectiveness in a Great Place To Work blog post based on the MEI effort. Here are his five steps to turning good managers into great leaders:

  1. Identify the most important behaviors for great managers at your organization.
  2. Flip the traditional performance process: Employees rate their manager.
  3. Provide managers with clear benchmarking reports to help build development plans.
  4. Include employees in the manager’s growth plans.
  5. Wash, rinse, repeat – and don’t overreact.

“One size fits one” is my favorite quote from the article. It’s the honest truth. No organization or employee is the same, so what works for one might not work for another. That’s why identifying the most important behaviors for great managers at your company is such an important piece in the process.

For more, read the full article here!

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