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Send in the Clouds

July 22, 2011

A co-worker came into my office today and asked if I’d interview a job applicant for a temporary assignment. We chatted a bit about the role and the skillset/experience required and it became clear the person was likely overqualified for the position, but had a good background, so we’d have them in. We talked about the job market and all the candidates we see who simply need a job. Then I asked,

“Do you ever sit back and consider how lucky we are?”

Sure, most of the 14,087,000 (that’s what 9.2% looks like in people) unemployed in this country would be thrilled to have a job, but we at Kronos are very, very lucky… We have more than a job. Well, I can only speak for myself, but I work with smart, fun people and have had great bosses during my decade plus here. (Man, this is really coming across as “puff” piece, but hey, it’s my blog…) The fact is we have happy employees with high levels of engagement, and we measure it.

I do think the personal chemistry we have at Kronos is a major factor in our success, and these days it starts with this guy who is the real deal. To support my assertions with some metrics, how about over 90 consecutive quarters (that’s over 22 years) of profitability? We’re still growing strong too. Currently we have over 100 open positions!

Earlier this morning I read, “Can Cloud Computing Save The American Economy?” My head has been in the clouds quite a bit lately, and the hype is unabated. The Forbes article is no exception. We’ve been helping our customers leverage the business benefits of the cloud since 2005, so we find it a bit amusing that now all of a sudden it’s the elixir for our entire economy. Sure, “the cloud” will be transformative and deliver benefits to organizations and individuals, but “save the economy?” I’m all for the power of innovation, but unless it’s going to rain down about 7 million jobs, the cloud is not going to “save” the economy.

In my experience here at Kronos, it seems the formula is pretty simple: treat your employees right and they’ll do the same for your customers with good products, good services and a great customer experience.

Oh, and you won’t need the cloud to save you.

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  1. Nicole F. Smith (Custom Education Development Consultant) permalink
    July 22, 2011 7:40 pm

    Leo,

    Nicely said!!!
    “…the formula is pretty simple: treat your employees right and they’ll do the same for your customers with good products, good services and a great customer experience.” This statement needs to be bottled up and sent to all “leaders”. Imagine how the workforce would change??!

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