Know your Workforce: Questions to ask Before Upgrading to Kronos WFC Version 8.0
Director of Business Development
Jul 01, 2016
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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.
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.
Recent studies show that 67 percent of SMBs now view mobile solutions and services as “critical” to their businesses. [Click to Tweet this] Mobile devices add convenience, flexibility, and time back into an employee’s day. Mobile business computers alone, on average, add 51 minutes back into to an employee’s workday. During a typical workday, 32% of employees rely on at least one mobile device to complete their responsibilities. The mobile revolution not only benefits employees. Organizations who employ a mobile workforce see a 10% increase in revenue.
If you are engaging a highly mobile workforce, it is crucial that your Kronos application can sufficiently support those employees. The new mobile features released with Kronos WFC Version 8.0 provide the opportunity for organizations to manage a mobile workforce seamlessly with features like Geo-Sensing and Geo-Fencing, employee self-service, offline mode, and more.
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.
Employee engagement is defined as “the extent to which employees feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization, and put discretionary effort into their work. Engaging your workforce is not the same as employee satisfaction.”
Workforce Management is all about fostering and developing your workforce’s relationship with the organization's goals and purpose. There are actionable steps that WFM software allows organizations to take towards employee engagement. Some of the key engagement strategies are reducing employee absences, promoting a healthy work-life balance, standardizing policies, and eliminating menial tasks. If your organization is reevaluating how to engage your workforce, Kronos Version 8.0 could be a vital part of that process.
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.