The "Kronos Guy" Blog

Let the Games Begin: Gamification meets Kronos Workforce Central

Posted by Chandler Paris on Apr 27, 2015 12:07:00 PM

When writing about The Law of Competition, Andrew Carnegie said “…while the law may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it insures the survival of the fittest in every department”.

Gamification has become a large topic of conversation in recent months, specifically in the fields of healthcare and retail. In fact, technology research and advisory company, Gartner, Inc. predicted that by 2016, businesses will spend a total of $2.6 billion on this technology. Although the projected numbers seem hopeful, industry thought-leaders disagree on whether or not the technology will be effective.

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Tags: Kronos gamification, Gamification, Workforce Central Version 7, Workforce Central Gamification

Why Upgrade Kronos? Discover the “Why” behind a Kronos Upgrade

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Apr 21, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Faced with the dilemma of keeping up with service packs, advisories, and upgrades, Prince Hamlet of Kronosland despondently asked, "To upgrade or not to upgrade, that is the question ---." Painful reference to Shakespeare aside, should your organization upgrade now? Should you wait for the java-free Kronos version 8.0? The Kronos Upgrade conversation often centers on the decision to upgrade, without focusing on “why” the decision to upgrade is necessary. Strategically planning if, when, and how to upgrade entails understanding the reasons why a Kronos upgrade would be beneficial for your organization (or why it might be time to wait).

Here are some of the most important reasons to upgrade:

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Tags: WFM, Kronos Upgrade

ALERT! Google drops Chrome support for Java: May Affect WFC Access

Posted by Chandler Paris on Apr 17, 2015 1:22:00 PM

Getting "This plug-in not supported" when trying to access Kronos WFC?

Yesterday, Kronos published Technical Advisory TA101274. In this advisory, they announced that Google has blocked the Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI), a necessary element required to run the Java. The change will impact the most recent version of Google's Chrome browser, version 42 and all future versions.

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Tags: Java, Kronos Version 6.2, Kronos Version 6.3, Kronos Technical Advisory, Kronos Version 7.0

What Kronos Training will NOT do for your Organization

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Apr 6, 2015 9:07:11 AM


While a properly executed Kronos training plan can increase user adoption, ROI, and user adoption, there are some areas where it is unrealistic to expect improvement. Although there are many positive results that come from a strategic Kronos training, there are aspects of a successful implementation that training will not manage. What are they?


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Tags: Kronos Training Consultant

3 Common & Incorrect Assumptions about Kronos Training

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Mar 30, 2015 11:30:00 AM


The complexities inherent in Kronos training are often ignored. Training can be seen as a small part of project implementation, not requiring much attention. Organizations can forget the importance of training and that training invests in one of the most valuable resources: their workforce. Maximizing the potential and skills of your employees can optimize all other aspects of your organization. The minimized value placed on training is not the only misconception associated with Kronos training. Here are the top three common and incorrect assumptions about Kronos training.

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Tags: Change Management, Training Plan, Kronos Workforce Central

Improvizations Appoints New HR Payroll and Benefits Specialist

Posted by Amy Doughten on Mar 27, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Improvizations Appoints New HR Payroll and Benefits Specialist 

Planned Growth Supported by New HR Initiatives 

Phoenix, AZ - Improvizations, a Kronos®  Connect partner, is proud to announce that Megan Timonte has joined the company as HR Payroll and Benefits Specialist, effective immediately.

Megan brings over 20 years of financial services experience to her new role as HR Payroll and Benefits Specialist with Improvizations. Most recently, Megan started her own company, Bookkeepers for Contractors, where she successfully managed over 15 different clients for 13 years. 

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Tags: News

User Adoption Assessments: Are they really necessary?

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Mar 24, 2015 11:30:00 AM


“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

- Sir Winston Churchill-

Strategic planning without analysis is ineffective. The design or evolution of a strategy should be based on analysis of previous results. Without understanding where changes need to be made, organizations may repeat costly and ineffective policies. Creating a strategy for Kronos training is no different. Analyzing previous Kronos implementations for training results can help successfully plan for the next one. For organizations that are implementing Kronos for the first time, inquiring into the experience of other organizations may be beneficial. User adoption assessments are a necessary part of the analysis process for any trainer. Without user assessments, we have no way to measure the success of the training and the overall product implementation.  

We define user adoption as:

 “Presenting information about a new technology in such a way that it becomes an accepted part of an employee’s work day regimen, ensuring they understand it and accept it as part of what they do.” 


Adoption is achieved through the Kronos Training cycle, which consists of:

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Tags: Kronos Training, User Adoption, Kronos User adoption, User Adoption Assessments

Improvizations' Audrey Mattoon acquires Ph.D. in Political Science

Posted by Amy Doughten on Mar 19, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Improvizations' Audrey Mattoon acquires Ph.D. in Political Science 


Phoenix, AZ - Improvizations, a Kronos®  Connect partner, is proud to announce that Audrey Mattoon, PMO Analyst, has earned her Ph.D. in Political Science.

Audrey Mattoon earned her BA in Political Science from the University of Idaho in 2008 and went on to receive her MA in Political Science from Washington State University. In March of 2015, Audrey successfully defended her dissertation entitled "A Multi-Method Examination of Third Party Interventions into African Civil Wars" in a hour long presentation to the educational board at Washington State University. The dissertation addressed outside military interventions into civil wars in Africa and, using a multi-method research design, argued that inter-state relations and intervention dyads that share relevant cultural similarities are particularly likely to experience successful interventions. Further, Audrey's case study analysis supported the role of institutional learning in reducing operational friction. The dissertation was so well received that there was discussion of a possible book publication in the future. 

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Tags: News, Political Science, Improvizations Team

What you need to know about Job Specific Kronos Training

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Mar 17, 2015 11:30:00 AM

"Retention is best when the Learner is involved." - Edward Scannell, University Conference Bureau

The most important aspect of Kronos training is ensuring the information taught is relevant, accessible, and useful for your employees. Learning a new system or software takes a significant amount of time and energy, making it crucial to design efficient training. A study by the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences found that, on average, learners retain 5% of what they hear, 10% of what they read, 20% of what they see, and 70-80% of what they do.  The best way to make your training relevant is to design the training and materials specifically for the employees’ responsibilities, or what they are going to be doing on a daily basis. Customized Kronos training is, quite simply, customizing training to reflect what employees do and how Kronos will affect daily activity. If you give employees the opportunity to not only learn, but also practice with the application, you are much more likely to achieve user adoption. Job Specific Kronos Training is the best way to combine learning and application because it customizes the training around what employees will be required to do. 

In order to properly plan for and conduct Job Specific Kronos training, there are four essential steps to execute.

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Tags: Customized Training, Job Specific Training

The 5 Most Commonly Asked Questions about Kronos Training Answered

Posted by Dwain Lambrigger on Mar 13, 2015 11:30:00 AM

There are many factors to consider when planning for an organization-wide Kronos training. A key part of the decision making process is asking questions and comparing the pros and cons of such a large investment. It is important to understand the scope of the training project so you can determine the exact amount of resources needed to make it successful. To help with your planning process, we have taken the top five most commonly asked questions we receive about Kronos Training and have compiled the answers into a single blog post. If you have been searching for answers to your questions about Kronos Training, you have come to the right place! 

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Tags: Kronos Training, Training environment, Corporate training, Instructor lead training, cost efficient training, training experience