The "Kronos Guy" Blog

Millennials and Mobile: How Kronos WFC Engages the New Workforce

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jun 24, 2016 8:12:29 AM


What do Millennials and mobile technology have in common? Both are shaping and revolutionizing the new workforce. By the year 2020 Millennials will make up 66% of the entire workforce.Optimistic, resourceful, and nearly completely digital, the Millennial employee demands a different corporate environment than all the generations before them. A Millenial's approach to life and work is defined by the tech-savvy, multi-tasking, and collaborative elements of their personalities. Unlike Baby Boomers and Generation X, Millennials are not motivated by job security, but instead value flexibility and compensation. Flexibility in the workforce is often characterized by the ability to work remotely.

The way people work is changing. Instead of the traditional never-leave-my-cubicle workday, a mobile workforce is now the norm for many organizations. In fact, 3 out of 5 employees say they don’t need to be in the office to be productive. With employees becoming more on the go than ever, mobile technology is becoming a necessity for an organization’s survival.

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Tags: Kronos Mobile

Kronos Partnership Summit 2016: Questions, Themes, and some Commentary

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jun 17, 2016 8:41:44 AM

The Kronos Partnership Summit just took place on June 7th and 8th and I am so excited about the upcoming opportunities for Improvizations and the big changes in the field of Human Capital Management. I had the opportunity to network with over 60 different companies and 140 attendees at the event, developing valuable relationships with other experts in our field. I would love to share a few of the highlights from the event with you and get your feedback on everything that is happening in our ever-evolving field. 

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How to Create a Project Charter for a Kronos WFC Project

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jun 10, 2016 9:42:24 AM

Enterprise Kronos WFC projects are complex. In order for any project to be well organized and well executed, the organization needs to create a Project Charter. Although sometimes forgotten, creating a Project Charter is a standard step along the traditional project development and management process.

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Engaging the Workforce: How WFM software can Decrease Employee Burnout

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jun 3, 2016 11:30:00 AM

One of the major challenges organizations face today is prevention of workplace burnout. Workplace demands on employees are increasing rapidly and the ramification of employee burnout is a serious decrease in organizational productivity. One of the keys to preventing burnout is increasing employee engagement.

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Tags: Human Capital Management, Employee Engagement

Kronos Workforce Analytics now available as a Service

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on May 27, 2016 11:30:00 AM


In an exciting move for small to medium sized businesses, Kronos Incorporated has officially released Workforce Analytics as a service. Kronos analytics gives businesses the ability to visualize workforce data through interactive technology that provides real-time insight into how labor hours and processes are effecting the organization. The ability to implement Workforce analytics as a service allows organizations with scarce resources to still benefit from insights into critical workforce trends from big data. Analyzing the data from workforce trends can help increase sales, employee engagement, and overall operational efficiency. Partnering with Kronos services gives SMB’s the opportunity to get the most ROI from their analytics by benefitting from external experience and resources.

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Tags: Analytics

Navigating the Affordable Care Act with Kronos: Payroll-Based Journal

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on May 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The Affordable Care Act has become one of the main reasons for employers to modify their WFM applications in order to meet new reporting requirements. The new Payroll-Based Journal is one of the results of the new healthcare mandates. The new system specifically affects nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

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Tags: Affordable Care Act

Kronos & Compliance: Are you Prepared for the new Overtime Rules?

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on May 6, 2016 11:30:00 AM


The U.S. Department of Labor is expected to announce overtime rules addressing regulations that will significantly affect labor costs. The overtime protections will be extended to nearly 5 million white collar workers within the first year of implementation. With only 60 days to comply, employers will be expected to increase the salary level for “white collar” exemptions from the current minimum of $455 per week, or $23,660 a year, to $970 per week, or $50,440 annually.  As a result, employees paid below the $50,440 threshold would be entitled to overtime on any work over 40 hours per week.

The proposed overtime rule is still waiting on approval from the OMB, but organizations should not wait to start preparing for the changes. There are serious consequences for non-compliance. NERA Economic Consulting reported that the average settlement payment could cost companies around $6.9 million.


What should organizations do to prepare for the FLSA changes?

  1. Understand Federal and State Requirements

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Tags: FLSA, Overtime

Four Key Questions to ask when Creating a Change Management Strategy

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Apr 29, 2016 11:30:00 AM

You can't build an adaptable organization without adaptable people--and individuals change only when they have to, or when they want to. --Gary Hamel

Navigating change in the workplace is one of the most challenging endeavors an organization must take on. In the world of Workforce Management Software, change is a frequent occurrence. Organizations often deal with significant internal resistance during an implementation or upgrade of a major system. A workforce management system, specifically a system like Kronos, touches every employee in an organization. Therefore, dedicating a significant amount of time, energy, and resources into organizational Change Management is key. In order to adequately dipense corporate resources, organizations can create a Change Management Strategy. 

Change Management Strategy: How an organization plans to help employees deal with change and use the new software correctly.

Here are four key questions to ask when creating a WFM Change Management strategy:

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Kronos WFC Version 8.0: Should we add New Kronos Functionality?

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Apr 20, 2016 11:30:00 AM


When organizations begin to discuss upgrading their WFC application, one of the deciding factors is optimized or added functionality. Kronos Version 8.0 boasts multiple new functionalities that change the face of workforce management platforms. Depending on your prior version, the new functionalities impact budgeting, forecasting, scheduling, and analytics. Upgrading to optimized or new Kronos functionality cannot only increase overall productivity, but also allows organizations to achieve improved ROI. However, not all new functionality will be a good fit for your organization. It is important to consider which improvements will be most beneficial to your WFM needs. 

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Tags: Workforce Central Version 8.0

Kronos WFC Version 8.0: Is it really Java Free?

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Apr 15, 2016 10:03:54 AM

The release of WFC Version 8.0 brought with it over 500 new features, a new and improved platform, and an optimized user experience. Kronos introduced Version 8.0 with a webinar titled, “Managing without Limits.” The new user platform, along with intuitive and accessible reporting and analytics, reflects that message clearly by removing multiple previous limitations. However, there is still one limitation that all Kronos users deal with: Java.

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Tags: Java