The "Kronos Guy" Blog

Compliance Strategies for 2016 FLSA Requirements: Are you Ready?

Posted by Amy Doughten on Aug 19, 2016 8:45:09 AM

 The Department of Labor updated overtime regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) this year. These regulations change the overtime eligibility threshold for workers paid over $47,476 annually and expands overtime protection to over 4 million workers. These new regulations take effect December 1, 2016.

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The Workforce Olympics: Building the Best Kronos Project Team

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Aug 12, 2016 8:40:32 AM


The 2016 Summer Olympics has brought the best athletes from across the globe together for the world’s biggest sporting spectacle. So far, the United States has dominated the XXXI Olympic Games, leading the way with 38 Olympic medals; 16 of which are gold medals. The power of highly trained and highly motivated athletes cannot be denied. Building a strong and effective team is the first step towards getting gold, or in the world of Workforce Management, having a successful implementation or upgrade. Similar to choosing members of a sporting team, there are multiple key roles to fill with the right teammates when planning for an implementation or upgrade and building a Kronos project team.

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Implementation Strategies: Kronos Project Time Management Tips

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Aug 5, 2016 8:51:19 AM

Each month, Google receives over 111 million searches on the subject of Time Management. Time is the most precious and limited resource that is available, especially within an enterprise Kronos project. Coordinating a large Kronos implementation or upgrade is a complex and often time-consuming endeavor. However, there are key Kronos project time management strategies designed to reduce the risk of missing the final deadline. When planning your next Kronos project timeline, consider the following:

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How to Plan for Training when Upgrading to Kronos Version 8.0

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


Kronos Workforce Central Version 8.0 is the ultimate Workforce Management tool, allowing organizations to create and execute strategies that maintain and nurture a healthy and engaged workforce. Combining the best of both worlds, WFM software can help foster an environment that allows employees to feel both valued and inspired. However, upgrading an application without properly equipping users often produces less than desirable results. 

The 4th Annual IT Adoption Insight Report found, because of lack of user-adoption for new software, companies are experiencing productivity losses of 17%: the equivalent of giving everyone on staff every Friday off. At 17%, the economic value of user losses outweighs 100% of many IT budgets. Creating company wide end user adoption of Kronos software is a critical factor for productivity and increased ROI. How can a company ensure that user adoption in your new Kronos application is achieved throughout the organization? The answer is: Kronos Training.

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Upgrading to the Cloud with Workforce Central Version 8.0

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jul 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Workforce Management is upgrading to the Cloud. 

83% of net new additions of Workforce Central are now in the Cloud.

Cloud-based workforce management applications create easier access and management of real-time employee data, while providing enterprise class HR, time, and attendance platforms. 

The 2016 Global HR Transformation Survey indicates that 42 percent of organizations will adopt a cloud-based HR system to replace their current one.

It seems like everywhere you look technical blogs and IT consultants are encouraging small and mid-size businesses to consider moving to the Cloud. However, migrating to the Cloud can be costly and time consuming if not executed properly.

The new Workforce Central Version 8.0 enhancements are encouraging organizations to upgrade. Once an organization decides to upgrade, the next step is to determine if it will be an on-premise upgrade or if you will move your application into the Kronos Cloud.

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Kronos Support: How long will my Kronos WFC Version be supported?

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jul 15, 2016 8:13:34 AM

As Kronos continues to revolutionize their Workforce Central application, newer versions are starting to be released more frequently. The long awaited, completely Java-free WFC 8.0.11 was released just last week. Organizations are being forced to consider upgrading as the new upgrades put older versions in risk of “Sunsetting.”

Sunsetting: The Sunset Factor refers to the age of your Kronos Workforce Central version. The older the age of your version, the higher the risk of limited technical support. The longer the upgrade is delayed, the more the potential grows for complications from workarounds associated with supporting outdated versions. In some cases, vendor support will even end, and a concrete “point of no return” sunset date will be set.

If your Kronos application remains at a sunsetting version and encounters a serious complication, there may be no vendor to work with the outdated system, leaving your organization exposed.

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Kronos Workforce Central Version 8.0 is Officially Java Free

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jul 8, 2016 5:29:04 AM

With the release of Kronos Workforce Central Version 8.0.11, Kronos is now officially completely Java-free.

The release of WFC Version 8.0 brought with it over 500 new features, a new and improved platform, and an optimized user experience. The new user platform, along with intuitive and accessible reporting and analytics, reflects that message clearly by removing multiple previous limitations.

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Know your Workforce: Questions to ask Before Upgrading to Kronos WFC Version 8.0

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Jul 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM


The workforce is constantly evolving. The constant state of change forces organizations to constantly reevaluate their processes, culture, and Human Capital Management strategies. According to the Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report, leaders are focusing on understanding and creating cultures/work environments that foster engagement, leadership, and career development. Amidst a competitive and highly transparent job market, digital technology is becoming essential to the process of forming and supporting an engaged and productive workforce.

 Workforce Management software can be the ultimate tool for creating a strategy for maintaining and nurturing a healthy and engaged workforce. Combining the best of both worlds, WFM software can help foster an environment that allows employees to feel both valued and inspired. The process of building a compelling environment for all employee demographics involves using the data gained from WFM software to “operationalize” employee engagement. Each employee has his/her own unique set of needs and expectations. Kronos Workforce Central allows organizations to begin to transform their workforce's unique needs into actionable strategies to increase overall employee engagement. Since every workforce is different, it is important to consider your specific needs before investing in WFM software. Many organizations are considering upgrading to Kronos Version 8.0. Here are three questions to ask when deciding if it is the right time to bring Version 8.0 to your workforce.

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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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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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