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Happy 35th Anniversary to Kronos!

Today we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Kronos.  If you’d like to learn more about that history, click here to check us out.   You can read the latest and greatest from our press and bloggers here.

Here are my top 5 reasons for continuing to come to work here every day:

  1. My Team – hard workers and a pleasure to work with – every one of them!
  2. My Colleagues – the culture of this company is one of teamwork, first and foremost.  I rely on and learn from my coworkers every day.
  3. My Boss – Smart, results-focused and a sense of humor.  My kind of guy.
  4. My Work – variety, intellectual challenge and the opportunity to impact the success of the company.  I’m as engaged as I could possibly be.
  5. They didn’t fire me on my first day – On my first day at Kronos I was late – TO A TIME & ATTENDANCE COMPANY – and nobody gave me a hard time about it.

Happy anniversary, Kronos.  And thanks for having me.

The Week That Was – 10/26/12

This week’s cartoon is hitting home for me.  It’s performance review time at Kronos and we’re using two new tools to pull it off.  I don’t keep track of employee feedback on my hand currently, but am still a bit daunted by applying new tools to an already significant project.  I try my best to coach and comment throughout the year, and I keep track of items I want to include in these reviews.  There’s no doubt about it, though, I will always dislike applying a number to someone’s performance, especially if it has to comply to the bell curve.

If you are involved in workforce planning, or even just an interested bystander, our board member Sue Meisinger has sent along the current draft of a standard, written by a taskforce of HR professionals and experts, that will help employers determine future hiring needs. The standard includes guidelines for workforce planning governance, process, metrics, and data that HR professionals can use to help run their organizations effectively.  Visit here to view and comment on the workforce planning draft standard.

Our board member David Creelman shared this  McKinsey video on using big data to drive decisions.

Great Kronos customer case study in the news – Cavender’s Boot City.

From the world outside of Kronos…

Interesting SuccessFactors survey on social media, talent acquisition challenges, and intergenerational differences in the workplace (we boomers are the least demanding, FYI..make love not war!)

The UK is looking to improve employee engagement proactively.

Watch your Tweets – they could get you fired!

Want to be the boss? Don’t smile The theory is that by witholding approval you project authority.  I don’t buy it. ;-}

Looking For Future-Proof Employees via @hrbartender

For Older Workers, Here Is Where the Jobs Will Be via @WSJ

#Halloween Can Be a Career Builder via @WSJ

Bosses Boost Productivity, But In Surprising Ways via @WSJ

#Social Resources: It’s all about the People via @RobinSchooling

Leadership Loop: 1 in 4 Workers Will be Over the Age of 55 by 2018 via @blogging4jobs

Kronos Tweets of interest this week:

Social Support and Mister Splashy Pants via @SmarterCafe (You have to read something with “Mister Splashy Pants” in the title, don’t you?)

#Kronos Announces #KronosWorks12, the World’s Largest Workforce Management Event Ever:

[CASE STUDY] Valley Power Systems Extends #Kronos #Cloud-Hosted, #Mobile Solution to Manage Field #Workforce

The Week That Was – 10/19/12

This was a big week at Kronos.  We celebrated our 35th year in operation at our headquarters in Chelmsford.  You can read our press release about the festivities or check out what the  local paper, the Lowell Sun, had to say.

The Presidential debate was in the news this week.  Mitt Romney generated a new meme “Binders Full of Women”. Our board member, Ruth Bramson, was quoted this week in an Associated Press story on this topic: “The way it worked was not quite the way it was described last night,” said Ruth Bramson, who was hired as Romney’s chief human resource officer after her resume was spotted in a binder. “He was half-right.  Governor Romney was a tremendous proponent of bringing women into the state. There’s no doubt about it,” Bramson said. “But the impetus for this was not Governor Romney, but this other organization, MassGAP.” Ruth was CHRO during Governor Romney’s administration.

That we’re still discussing the need for focus on women’s unique issues in the workplace is a constant reminder that there’s still work to be done.  Some companies, like PWC, are taking creative approaches to addressing those needs.  Check out this post on their  Mentor Moms program.

Other items of interest this week:

Good article on the Workday IPO – and why enterprise business software remains complex to sell, even in the Cloud.

The holidays are coming and the associated seasonal hiring is beginning!

Temporary staffing demand is expected to hit historical highs in 2013.

Lots on employee engagement this week.  Maybe the rising Dow is causing more restlessness than usual?

  • Good tips for engaging your workforce
  • Is Boredom the Opposite of Engagement at Work? via @MikeHaberman @blogging4jobs
  • Igniting the Fires of Retention via @Ray_anne @blogging4jobs
  • What Motivates Employees: Do You Ever Wonder “Why” They Work? via @TLNT_com
  • Keeping Remote Employees Engaged via @TIMEBusiness
  • 3 Easy Ways to Make Employees Happy via @Inc

And from my fellow Kronites:

Evelyn and Kim: via @SmarterCafe

Oversharing: via @SmarterCafe

It’s a Small World After All… via @SmarterCafe

Technology Touch in Vegas via @SmarterCafe

It’s a matter of judgment… via @SReeseRNMBA

No Hot Dogging. There is more to business than just showing up. via @TheCurveInsider

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