The "Kronos Guy" Blog

Kronos Training: You’re Doing it Wrong

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Dec 2, 2016 8:57:57 AM


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ALERT: New Overtime Rule put on hold by Department of Labor

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Nov 23, 2016 11:40:51 AM

According to recent reports, a Federal judge in Texas has blocked the new overtime rule, created to raise the FLSA’s salary threshold. An injunction was filed due to a lawsuit challenging the DOL’s authority to raise the salary threshold, bringing organizations across the country to a stand still. Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S District Court of the Eastern District, who granted the injunction, said, “A preliminary injunction preserves the status quo while the court determines the department's authority to make the final rule as well as the final rule's validity.” Read more

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KronosWorks 2016: Questions, Themes, and some Commentary

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Nov 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Last week, over 2,000 Kronos-users gathered in Orlando, Florida for the annual KronosWorks conference. Our Improvizations team was proud to be a part of the conference again this year, displaying a booth in the exhibition hall and attended various educational sessions. The entire conference presented opportunities for networking, training, and learning about the multiple advancements within Kronos and the field of Workforce Management. For those of you who couldn’t make it out to KronosWorks 2016, here are a few of the most important highlights:

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Don't Hesitate to Integrate: The Benefits of Integrating Kronos WFC

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Nov 11, 2016 12:00:00 PM


As the world becomes increasingly digital, organizations are beginning to spend more on IT. Worldwide IT spending reached a high of $3.4 trillion dollars and is forecasted to rise to $3.8 trillion by the year 2020. Hardware and software projects will make up 35% of those trillions of dollars. With organizations spending so much on different types of software, the challenge becomes creating a strategic way for each application to work together as a cooperative system.

Workforce management software cannot exist in a silo; it needs to exchange data with multiple other systems. Kronos Workforce Integration Manager, also known as WIM, streamlines the process of data sharing between a Kronos application and outside systems. Payroll, HR, and Enterprise Resource Planning systems are just a few of the third party systems that can communicate with Kronos applications.


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4 Keys to Successful Internal Communication during a Kronos v8 Upgrade

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Oct 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM



"Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act." - James Thurber

One of the most over-looked factors of any Kronos project is a solid communication strategy. Successful internal communication during a Kronos v8 upgrade can be one of the hardest goals to acheive. Depending on the business needs and size of an organization, a Kronos application will touch every department of the company, including IT, HR, Accounting, etc. When all of these departments collide during an enterprise Kronos project, it can be difficult to foster clear communication between departments about strategy, goals, and overall progress. There are a few key ways organizations can foster clear internal communication between departments during a Kronos Version 8.0 upgrade.

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User Adoption: Is your Workforce fully utilizing WFC Version 8.0?

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Oct 14, 2016 8:05:00 AM



The secret to ensuring User Adoption within your workplace is…...there is no secret to ensuring user adoption within your workplace. Introducing your workforce to a new system is one of the most challenging endeavors an organization must undertake.  Organizations often deal with significant internal resistance, complications, and lack of adoption. A workforce management system, specifically a system like Workforce Central 8.0, touches every employee in an organization. Therefore, dedicating a significant amount of time, energy, and resources into user-adoption is key. 

What exactly is user adoption? We define it 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.” 

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KronosWorks 2016: Preparing your To-do List

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Oct 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

KronosWorks, the annual Kronos customer conference, is rapidly approaching! On November 13th-16th thousands of people will meet at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando for networking, training, and the opportunity to connect with Kronos customers from all different industries. When planning for a large event like KronosWorks, there can be a lot of details to remember. If you are anything like me, you have lists and sticky notes everywhere reminding you of all there is to do before November. To help your planning process go smoothly, here are a couple reminders to add to your KronosWorks 2016 to-do list:

  1. Make sure to Register!

If you haven't already, make sure to register for KronosWorks 2016! Create a folder for all of your registration information  so that you are organized and can easily be admitted into the exhibition hall.

Register here:


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5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Kronos Consultant

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Sep 30, 2016 10:17:10 AM

Kronos implementations and upgrades are challenging. A recent study by Oxford University revealed that 74% of software projects are challenged or unsuccessful. Similarly, a study by Mercer Consulting found that 80% of software projects cost more then they return. With these types of statistics floating around, it is easy to understand why organizations get uneasy when the time comes to implement or upgrade their WFM software.

Working with an outside consulting firm or Kronos Service Partner can be a great way to avoid becoming a statistic. If your organization is planning for a large Kronos project, one of the most important decisions you can make is who you will work with to complete the project. Choosing a Kronos consultant can be an advantageous decision for three main reasons:

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Kronos Analytics in Higher Education: Interpreting the Data

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Sep 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM


Kronos Analytics is proving to be a game changer in multiple different industries.The Kronos Reporting and Analytics functions of version 8 are more visually compelling and full of actionable insight. The new layout implements improved navigation to allow for easy accessibility of data. There are integrated features from MicroStrategy’s 9.4.1 platform, along with geospatial visualization. It is no longer enough to simply see a dashboard with predictive analytics; the new analytics feature is prescriptive, responding to violations and situations by sending alerts and changing schedules accordingly, without any input of a manager. Time and cost effective, prescriptive analytics allow managers to focus on tasks beyond labor analytics. All these features and more are revolutionizing the way Higher Education collects and interprets big data.

There are three main types of data collected in the field of Higher Ed. 

1. Financial: Data on how and where financial resources are being used. 

2. Student: Data revealing the success rate of students within a university. 

3. Workforce: Data revealing trends within the university's workforce. 

Universities and colleges need to ensure that each individual type of data does not exist in a silo. It is crucial that all three types of information be brought together to create a bigger picture. Starting on a high level with the big picture and then drilling into the details to find the cause is the best method for identifying trends and solutions within the data. The analytics dashboards allow users to identify resource allocation problems. The shareable infographic below depicts how Kronos Analytics in Higher Education can help universities and colleges use big data to make successful workforce decisions. 

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The Global Workforce: Workforce Central 8.0.11 & Global Deployment

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Sep 16, 2016 10:03:40 AM

Technology continues to make the world a smaller place. Global change is forcing organizations to rethink the way that they manage their workforce. Demographic upheaval and the ever-accelerating rate of change are just two of the global challenges organizations are facing. The Global workforce is encountering a digital transformation.

 Technology, strategy and services are all necessary components to empowering the global workforce.

 Organizations everywhere are shifting to a digital mind-set, changing the way that employees interact within the workplace. More than ever, the workforce is becoming mobile.

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Tags: Kronos Version 8.0, Global Deployement