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The Principle of Respect

June 8, 2015

Sean BerubeSean Berube joined Kronos as a college co-op majoring in Computer Science during his sophomore year at UMass Lowell. His position and primary role is as an application consultant in professional services, where he helps implement Workforce Ready for clients. Sean has also branched out into other endeavors such as technical writing, working with InTouch timeclocks (software), and installing accessories to the InTouch (hardware). Today Sean guest blogs about his experience at Kronos. 

Kendrick Lamar receives the 35th Generational Icon award from California State Senator Isadore Hall III.

Kendrick Lamar receives the 35th Generational Icon award from California State Senator Isadore Hall III.

By Sean Berube
Two weeks prior to Memorial Day, the California Senate awarded hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar with the 35th Generational Icon award. Lamar was recognized for his support and donations to the Compton Unified School District, along with contributing to other charities within his home town.

Having grown up within the rough streets of Compton, Lamar utilizes his position as an artist to restore his city and bring its inhabitants together. Through acts of giving and respect he has made great strides to repairing a disharmonious and divided community. Expanding outside of Compton, Lamar has released multiple hip-hop albums to commercial and critical acclaim, and subsequently embarked on world tours to support his messages of love and deference. He is ultimately teaching the inhabitants of the city of Compton, and for that matter, the inhabitants of any city to learn to regard others and accept their differences. Lamar’s goal is to reduce biases and conflict in society through unity under his principle of respect.

A few weeks ago I was listening to one of Lamar’s albums and started thinking about moments in my life where I felt or showed respect and the impact that had on the environment. It immediately made me think of my “community” at Kronos. Having been a college co-op at Kronos for 4 months one of the primary aspects of this company that has stuck with me is how comfortable, friendly, and relaxed the environment is. The atmosphere here is both unperturbed and sociable; it demonstrates how Kronos places a great effort on creating a welcoming office culture.

“Having been a college co-op at Kronos for 4 months one of the primary aspects of this company that has stuck with me is how comfortable, friendly, and relaxed the environment is.”

Admittedly, I was nervous my first week on the job as it was my first experience in an office setting. However, I found that my anxiety in the workplace disappeared quickly as I became acquainted with my community. My managers, peers, and coworkers have all been extremely supportive and helpful to me during my time here, and treat me with the same respect they would give to any employee. Not only has their kindness helped me become more competent in my own work, but it has also inspired me to be a greater source of positivity in the office. I find myself more motivated to accomplish my tasks, and am eager to help my coworkers whenever they are feeling bogged down in work.

Just as Kendrick Lamar gives the world comfort through music rooted in acceptance, Kronos has given me both comfort and opportunity to excel in a professional environment through its respectful and compassionate culture!

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