Scheduling Nurses in Workforce Timekeeper

Dwain Lambrigger — Mar 2012

We have been trying to get some specific help out there for the healthcare industry. Scheduling in a healthcare environment can be challenging. First, you are scheduling for a 24 hour facility. Next, nurses can work anywhere from eight to 16 to 24 hour shifts, and sometimes longer! Next, there are specific skills an certifications that must be accounted for. Finally, you must account for the policies inherent in a union environment. That's a lot of variables we have to plan for in Workforce. Here are a few features in the basic scheduling application in Workforce Timekeeper that may help out. 

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Setting Goals for WFC Training

Dwain Lambrigger — Mar 2012

Goals. We love them. We set them, we strive for them, we meet them. Sometimes we exceed a goal and sometimes we come up short. Regardless, goals are a great way to motivate us. Now, I am an obsessive goal-setter, but here is the catch. I set too many goals. Why is this a bad thing? Well, when a lot of goals are set, it's common to miss a few. Heck, it's common for me to just plain forget some of them. Why?  They become unmanageable; and when they are unmanageable, they are unimportant. There. I said it.  I know that some folks will argue this point, thinking all goals are important. That just isn't the case.  Setting too many goals lessens their significance, therefore, going against the goal of setting a goal! So what goals should be set for Workforce Timekeeper training?  Shoot, how do we qualify a goal as good in the first place? Here are a few things to think about...

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Who is advancing your Kronos Upgrade (or any project)?

Bryan deSilva — Mar 2012

Do you find that no matter how brilliant your, *insert appropriate role here [PM, AC, TC, SC, Sponsor, Consultant, Kronos Guy]* is that often the implementation or upgrade project just doesn't go as well as it should? Not that there aren't good excuses, but they are just that, excuses. I'm here to say that's not an option and the way around it is to realize that teams need to include more than the typical group when solving a problem. You've all read about the different types of players on a team, each with a different way of delivering his special abilities. I'd like to suggest that unless you have this group, NEVER all in one person, the likely hood of success is lower than you'd hope.

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On-The-Job Training in Workforce Timekeeper. Has it Changed?

Dwain Lambrigger — Mar 2012

Technology has changed the way we work. In some cases, it's changed the nature of our jobs. So how would this affect on-the-job (OTJ) training? More specifically, how has Workforce Timekeeper changed the way we handle OTJ training? It's been mentioned before, OTJ training has been going on as since cavemen started making spears. Why is OTJ training so great? Well, to start, it's efficient. You are working and learning at the same time.  Second, as anyone who has spent time in a foreign country knows, you are immersed in it. You are surrounded by it, you breathe it. You can't help but learn to do what you are required to. I really don't know anyone who isn't proficient at on OTJ learning; if they weren't, they wouldn't have their job for very long.   

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Makes one think.

Bryan deSilva — Mar 2012

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Revisiting a Quick Q&A on PTO in Workforce Timekeeper

Dwain Lambrigger — Mar 2012

There has been a lot of feedback that has come my way regarding the questions that were answered in the last blog entry on PTO. The purpose of this entry is to expand on those answers, clarify them and provide a little more substance to them. So let's look at these questions again...

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Tools for Faster Scheduling in Kronos

Dwain Lambrigger — Mar 2012

Scheduling is an important job within any organization. Several organizations buy Workforce Timekeeper just for that functionality. 

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WORST FIVE REASONS TO UPGRADE WORKFORCE TIMEKEEPER (at least right now)

Jeff Millard — Mar 2012

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Your Kronos Test Script, What's Really at Steak?

Jeffry Charnow — Mar 2012

A coworker and I decided to reward ourselves after a hard day’s work. You know – look for an oasis away from work where you can forget about everything for at least a little while.
We were in a steak house looking over a really great menu when we came across the 72 oz Steak Challenge. You have probably heard about these contests before, eat the whole thing and it's free. This was one of the most well defined contests I have ever seen. Seriously, just look at these rules:

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Recording PTO in Kronos Timekeeper

Dwain Lambrigger — Mar 2012

There are many ways to record an employee’s PTO in Workforce Timekeeper. The four most common are:

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Kronos Training for the Rest of Us - Part IV

Dwain Lambrigger — Mar 2012

In previous entries of this series, we discussed how to build Kronos training for non-technical learners. We discussed why non technical learners are well, non technical. We also developed tactics to follow when writing curriculum for a class of non technical learners. So, we understand a lot of this stuff, but when we are actually in a class, how can we direct the event to this type of learner? 

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