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What I Must Do Every Friday

The picture here is of my Book.  The Book is my North Star, my compass, my magic wand for imposing order on chaos.  I have had a Book of one sort or another since I was about 8 years old.  As a kid, the book was about my observations of the world, a record of things I didn’t want to forget about.  I wrote to myself about the space program, becoming a spy, becoming a witch, becoming a doctor.  In high school, college, and grad school my Books began to transform from a record of long term wishes to the short term tactical strategies needed to attack and conquer my academic responsibilities.

In 1983 I started my first job in high tech sales, selling timesharing services for Control Data.  I kept the notes from all of my sales calls, my to do lists, progress against my quarterly sales quota, etc. In the 30 years since,  I’ve tried highly structured note-taking “systems” like  the Franklin Planner, but mostly  have used plain lined paper that allows me to structure my time and tasks in a way that makes sense to me.   For the last ten years or so, the Book has been a black Coach portfolio.  This baby is my favorite of all times – with multiple pockets inside and a zipper around the whole thing so stuff doesn’t fall out.  In one of its “secret” compartments, I keep notes and photos from my husband and children that remind me who I am outside of work.

The secret of the Book is that there is a code of the Book.  At all times, the book contains a to-do list of long term objectives in order to keep me focused on my more strategic goals.  Throughout the week as I attend meetings, do email, read articles, talk to people, or have occasional bursts of inspiration, I make copious notes.  More importantly, I code the things I have to take action on.  If I put a double asterisk on that puppy, that puppy is getting done. Every Friday, for at least 30 years, I create my to-do list for the coming week.  I review the strategic to-do list, and schedule the tactical items that have to be addressed in the coming week to meet my commitments.

Folks who’ve worked for me over the years will tell you that I’m relentless on following up, that I don’t forget things.  I forget lots of things, but the Book has a very long memory.

Here’s this week’s reading list for those of you looking for a little inspiration of your own:

4 words you should never say to your boss:

A new way to read news and a multimillionaire at 17:

The ideal praise to criticism ratio:

The 2 most important words:

How Direct Deposit killed one of life’s great joys:

3 Ways To Take Advantage Of The Virtual Workforce via @Forbes

Workforce Burnout: A Corporate and Health Crisis via @HuffPostBiz

Labor Costs Impact Your Business – And Your Customers Too via @hrbartender

Want Better Engagement? It Helps if Employees Know What It Is: via @TLNT_com

Morning Advantage: Why It Pays to Pay Your Employees Well VIA @HarvardBiz

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try, Try Again via @blogging4jobs

#HREOnline: The Telecommuting Tempest via @HRExecMag

Give Workers the Power to Choose: Cave or Commons via @HarvardBiz

10 Things To Do Every Workday via @LinkedIn

Kronites are writing about:

New Time Well Spent #Cartoon: #marchmadness

RT @SmarterCafe: Based on my extraordinary customer experience, there’s no doubt @LowesCares. #custexp

RT @WF_Institute: Enough with the #MarchMadness, I have March Malaise

RT @SmarterCafe: Overworked Easter Bunny blues…

All is not equal when it comes to workforce management for retail via @simonmacpherson @KronosUK

Travel Size – Affordable or Refillable? via @ToddBlackHRMS #ACA #AffordableCareAct

Piecing together bits of my broken life via @SmarterCafe

Flaming Forum via @SmarterCafe

@MNCPPC (Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission) Deploys #Kronos in the #Cloud: #KronosCloud

Experience Workforce Innovation That Works at #KronosLive 2013

Register now for our FREE customer event to learn about our latest innovations, make connections, & get valuable tips

The Medical Device Excise Tax: Minimizing Its Impact with a Lean Labor Strategy

March Malaise

Though I possess no sports fan genes whatsoever, even I know we’re in the midst of March Madness.  Everybody’s making their picks and excited about the outcome of the tournament.  (Is that what you even call it?)

I, on the other hand, am struggling with March Malaise.  The snow and rain just keep coming.  You’ve heard  that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.  If this source is correct, the origin of the expression comes from the stars.  Specifically, March begins as the Constellation Leo is crossing toward the meridian. Leo is the Lion. As Leo marches away, the Constellation Aries begins to rise toward the end of the month. Aries is the ram.”

Hmmm, this weather certainly feels more ram-y, then lamb-y to me.  And on top of that, we don’t have another federal holiday until Memorial Day weekend – another nine weeks away.  In Punxsutawney,  they’re even suing groundhog Phil in over his inaccurate forecast of the arrival of spring.  I predict the first day the temperature goes above 60 degrees here in Massachusetts, we’re going to have a lot of desperate people suddenly “coming down with something”.

If you’re despairing of ever seeing the sun again, perhaps you can put your agitation to good use and peruse the following…

Turn the Big Game Into a Reason to Come to Work – Friday Distraction:

Ten Apps to Increase Your HR Work Productivity:

How Should We Measure Clouds?:

To Build Trust in Cloud Engagements, Ask These 3 Questions:

Companies Turning to Tools to Manage Contingent Labor:

Play or Pay with Obamacare:

Against the collaborative workspace:

Is Leading While Learning Really Effective via @hrbartender

Look For Employees With High EQ Over IQ via @Forbes

5 Reasons Telecommuting Is Still Beneficial To Your Employees via @blogging4jobs

Why Hopeful Employees Are 14% More Productive via @HPGoodNews

Pushing the Boundaries of the Workplace via @nytimes

5 Easy Ways To Motivate – And Demotivate – Employees via @Forbes

The True Power of Treating Employees Right? Customers Will Benefit, Too via @TLNT_com

RT @mikewcassidy: More evidence that analytics drives better decision making and financial performance. #kronos

Whose Job Is It To Help the Bad Fits? via @Conferenceboard

Kronites are writing about:

New Time Well Spent #Cartoon: #ACA #AffordableCareAct

Real Time Information – Are you ready? via @simonmacpherson @KronosUK

The Madness of Lost Productivity via @SmarterCafe #marchmadness

RT @Jacquifenn: Retail Week Live 2013 – review of the event by @andrewbusby

Talking with @williamtincup and @sharlyn_lauby (@hrbartender) about #mobile workforce management via @WF_Institute

Did you know we can test your Kronos system to figure out its stress level & help prevent system failure & data loss?

Join Me For Leading Workforce Management Event via @simonmacpherson @KronosUK #KronosLive

RT @SmarterCafe: #NASA rover #Curiosity a-bandoned and a-scared on #Mars. Needs a software update.

RT @smartercafe: #Bigdata or small, your workforce data can save you BIG. #Kronos

@ClemsonNews Adds More Innovation in Workforce Management with @kronos

RT @KronosUKRetail: Join us at #KronosLive EMEA! Sessions include how #bigdata & #analytics are shaping the future:

Pay or play? Determining your company’s best solution to the #AffordableCareAct #ACA:

#KronosLive 2013: You’re invited to a FREE local customer event! Register now:

Interested in speaking at #KronosWorks13? Speakers receive complimentary conference registration! Sign up now:

Kronos Survey Reveals Nurse Fatigue is Pervasive in Healthcare & Directly Linked to On-the-Job Errors #AONE2013

Live Demo: Workforce Ready Time & Attendance Tuesdays 1-2pm ET.

#Kronos Tips & Tricks! See what’s new in KnowledgePass:

Taking the Kronos Cloud Tour: FREE. Value of taking it: PRICELESS. #cloud #KronosCloud

Experience Workforce Innovation That Works at #KronosLive 2013

Talking with William Tincup and Sharlyn Lauby about mobile workforce management

Last week, I spoke with our board members Sharlyn Lauby (aka the HR Bartender) and William Tincup (so many aliases, I don’t know where to start) about the future of mobile workforce management.  At Kronos, we’ve invested in smartphone and tablet solutions that enable managers and employees to take action on common tasks like punching in and out, scheduling shifts, approving  timecards, and the like.  Frontline managers are thereby freed to “manage in the moment” while going about their daily routines, untethered from their office computers.

We’re seeing rapid adoption of mobile technologies at Kronos and in the world at large.  As consumers become more wedded to the conveniences of mobile devices for communication and entertainment, they increasingly expect to experience similar conveniences in the workplace.

We talked about the following questions that are top of mind for organizations using (or thinking about using) mobile technology to extend their workforce management environment:

  • What are the barriers to adoption of mobile technology?
  • Is the tablet more important than the smartphone as a mobile device for workforce management?
  • What issues should employers consider before they implement a mobile solution for employees?
  • How do we see mobile evolving in the coming years?  (Check out this very cool, some might say space age even, view of the future from Corning Glass).

You can listen in on our discussion here: Mobile podcast 3.7.13

Are you using mobile technology on the job?  What are the pros and cons?