Kronos Workforce Central Version 8.0.11: The Updated User Experience
Director of Business Development
Sep 02, 2016
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Kronos recently released Workforce Central Version 8.0.11. The new and improved platform boasts optimized user experience, enhanced industry capabilities and Global Deployments, as well as intuitive and accessible reporting and analytics. Kronos introduced over 500 new features between versions 7.0 and 7.07 and Version 8.0 contains all those and many more enhancements. Over the next few weeks, we are going to highlight the latest advancements.
One of the biggest advances concerning User Experience is a completely Java free Version 8.0. The new version is built in HTML5 and CSS, removing Java from ALL user screens. Workforce Central V8.0.11 has eliminated the reliance on client-side Java. All Java applets now have Java-free replacements, including:
Workload Planner, which is a part of Scheduler.
Quick Time Stamp Offline – A new installation kit is available.
All Setup pages are now Java-free. The process to replace client-side Java, which began with Workforce Central 8.0, has been completed and the remaining setup pages have been redesigned and are Java-free. When you apply the V8.0.11 service release, these Setup pages will be replaced automatically with the non-Java version. Functionality is unchanged.
For more information, you can visit the Customer Portal at the following URL:https://customer.kronos.com/support/KOL/onlinehelp/wwhelp.htm
Kronos Version 8.0 features an updated time card built on a foundation of HTML5. The time card functions with the new enhanced navigator view, but contains all the traditional buttons for regular time card tasks. The time card is now configurable, allowing users to decide between 2 or 4-punch columns. Users also have the option to add on widgets that provide different modes of easy viewing of specific time card details.
Version 8 also revolutionized the mobile time card, allowing employees to ask for time off, shift swap, open shifts, request to cover, and update availability, all from their own mobile devices. The new mobile advances can improve employee engagement, as well as retention.
With the release of Workforce Central v8.0.11, Kronos eliminated the potential for manager to edit a time card with the incorrect labor account or pay code. When editing time cards, managers are now restricted to only the employees pay codes and labor levels, reducing the potential for errors with time being assigned to the wrong code or account.
Timecards aren’t the only feature updated to HTML5; workload planner is now fully operational with a HTML5 foundation. Used in both scheduling and timekeeping, the workload planner allows viewers to compare budgets versus actuals to make decisions on the correct dispersal of resources.
Usability Changes in Setup Applications
Setup pages are now redesigned to be completely user-friendly. The list and edit screens are separated to different pages, allowing the user to make changes in a simple and intuitive way
Rolling Request Periods
Managers regularly face the challenge of manually creating periods for actions, such as time off requests and shift offs, which can add unnecessary time and strain to their daily responsibilities. It can also affect employee engagement by delaying employee’s ability to make schedule requests. The new release of WFC v8 features the ability to automate the opening and closing of bulk requests and schedule periods, significantly reducing managerial errors.