Know Knows in Kronos Timekeeper Training

Dwain Lambrigger — Nov 2011

As a trainer, speaking to trainers, it seems like there are so many variables to your class. The biggee's? The network, the application, the participants. We always try to manage these variables as best we can. The way I do this is by knowing what I need to know, and then some. Taking the time to know as much as we can will improve the quality of the training course. That's what we are going for, right? This is what I need to know, every time I present a course. No ifs, and. or buts.  

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Brown Bag Sessions - Quick and Impactful Kronos Training

Dwain Lambrigger — Oct 2011

Organizations trying to stretch their training budget while maximizing the time allotted by participants are using brown bag session for their Kronos training. In this entry, I will define what a brown bag session is and highlight some tips and tricks for effective use of a brown bag session.  Brown bag training CAN but is not absolutely defined as a training session held during or near the lunch in which lunch is not provided. These sessions are generally short, rarely lasting longer than one hour, and are informal in nature. Also, brown bag sessions tend to have a smaller number of participants. Often they are conducted in a conference room or large meeting room, and not in a training room! Now, I qualified this definition with a CAN because this definition, though fairly consistent is not hard and fast. This is helpful to you as the designer of a training program because you will have the ability to shape all aspects of the courses to your liking...Have some snacks to share? Great, give me some. Only have 30 minutes of training? Fantastic, my blood sugar levels thank you. Meeting in a quiet corner of the cafeteria? Awesome, minimizes my commute to training. Brown bag sessions are easy to characterize, but hard to define. 

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Kronos Workforce Timekeeper Training from a 50,000 Foot View

Dwain Lambrigger — Oct 2011

When training Kronos Timekeeper, it is a good idea to take an occasional look from 50.000 (50K) feet up. Just make sure you have a parachute! The 50K view is very helpful in creating understanding. Kronos training can be complex. That is specifically, but not exceptionally true when talking about configuration training.

There are steps, upon steps, upon steps to building great Workforce Timekeeper tools like genies, pay rules or HyperFind queries. Now, most system administrators are familiar with the fact that there are building blocks to creating WFTK tools, but more general users are not. When these types of users are in training, it's a good idea to talk about specific steps, then occasionally take a view from 50K so that you can remind participants of the process. Without reminding these users of the overall process, goal, and how it relates to them and their job, you will lose them. Sorry to say, these users are focused on what they need to do. Listen, your training MUST BE ABLE to do one of these three things:

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Defining "Appropriate" in Kronos Workforce Timekeeper Training

Dwain Lambrigger — Sep 2011

I was talking to my daughter yesterday. She was trying to decide what to wear. Deciding on a dress, she asked me what I thought.
"You look beautiful, but don't you have PE today?" I asked

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Kronos Training Projects: What To Do When There is Nothing To Do?

Dwain Lambrigger — Sep 2011

During implementation projects, we, as training implementation gurus often have to wait. Whether it is for a configuration to be competed, an interface, or just because of customer driven politics, training gets stalled. What can we do when there is nothing to do? 

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Building a Framework for the Kronos Training Plan

Dwain Lambrigger — Aug 2011

Like using Kronos Timekeeper, it's Efficiency We're After!

So I was filling out a resource calendar today, you know, so my bosses can have a good idea of what I am doing day in and day out. As I was plugging in dates of completion, hours to work on specific days and secondary dates as a result of the working days and "primary" dates of completion, and it hit me...Is there a better way to track all of this information on one program? I mean, this project, (and most training projects) just aren't big enough to track in Microsoft Project on their own. Personally, I use Excel to track most of this stuff, but it isn't intuitive and it isn't great to look at. So, here are my needs, and some ideas. 

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On-The-Job Training for Workforce Timekeeper Implementations

Dwain Lambrigger — Aug 2011

A lot of our Kronos Workforce Timekeeper training tries to mimic on-the-job (OTJ) training. Why is that? OTJ training is often the least planned and most inexpensive forms of training. Generally considered an afterthought, OTJ is probably the oldest form of training. I was just camping with my son, and I had the opportunity to show him how to clean a fish. Then, I had the chance to watch him do the same thing.  (This thrilled me just slightly less than catching the two fish in the first place!) I mean, haven't we all sat with someone to learn specific tasks on a job? So again, why is that? Here are some of the reasons it works so well in so many situations:

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