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Take Your Child to Work Day 2016

Kronos' Take Your Child to Work DayLast week, Kronos held our 10th annual Take Your Child to Work Day, with 90 Kronite kids ranging from ages 8 through 11 in attendance. It’s one of our very favorite days in the office every year, and it was inspired by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® program, which just so happens to be recognized today this year – April 28th.

Not familiar with the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® initiative? Here’s their mission:

“Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® encourages girls and boys across the country to dream without gender limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work and community lives. This national, public education program connects what children learn at school with the actual working world. Children learn that a family-friendly work environment is an employer and family issue and not just a woman’s issue. Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work helps girls and boys across the nation discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life.”

This year’s event at Kronos was centered around the theme of “Unleashing Your Superpower.” The day focused on teaching employees’ children how challenging themselves and thinking of others can impact their future success. Throughout the event, the kids participated in educational and charitable (and fun!) activities, which included cooking up homemade dog treats for Canine Commitment of New England, a rescue shelter based in New Hampshire; learning that knowledge is a real superpower by prepping a package of books to be donated to needy children; packing backpacks to donate to School on Wheels Massachusetts; and creating cards and care packages for a unit deployed overseas. As an even more special treat, the day kicked off by the kids being able to hear from real-life superheroes: active duty commissioned officers in the U.S. Army National Guard, Major Geoffrey Leonard and Captain Danielle Sullivan. (You can see all of the photos from the day here).

Our main goal with this event every year is to encourage our children to think big when it comes to their future careers – while also giving parents a day to share their workplace with their kids. This program really does provide a way for kids to learn about what opportunities they have for their future, and it truly is a special day here at Kronos headquarters.

I know there are people who question whether kids get much insight out of these events about the world of work.  What they do get is time with their working parents. Family friendly organizations that make this shared experience possible may have a more lasting impact than they think.   See the quote below written by my (now 28 year old) daughter in 2012:

As my mother mentioned, I’m not necessarily looking to go into her profession, nor is my brother; and we have both spent days at our parents’ offices where nothing more happened than we sat quietly and did homework while they carried out their normal business. The most important part of any TYCHWD is not exposure or inspiration, but something several others have mentioned: bonding. Just because I may not have gotten the clearest idea of what my mother did each day, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get something out of TYCHWD. If anything, the plugged-in, on-the-go, never-stop world we live in requires more things like TYCHWD, because honestly, we kids will take what time we can get.

 

 

Low Engagement Costs UK Businesses £60 billion a Year

60 bn reportIn January and February of this year, we collaborated with independent third-party firm Coleman Parkes Research to conduct 500 detailed interviews with line of business/operations managers, HR professionals, and employees representing a cross section of UK-based organizations employing more than 600 employees. Our objective was to understand the current state of employee engagement in the UK.  What we found was that UK employees feel overburdened and not as engaged and productive in their jobs as their management would like them to be.  The cost of that productivity loss is approximately £60 billion per year,  according to the survey report.  The research identifies a variety of factors that impact employee engagement including:

  • 58% find their workload to be unrealistically heavy.
  • Employees say they spend 7 percent of their working week on unnecessary administrative tasks.
  • 72% of respondents cite reliance on manual systems as a source of lost productivity.
  • Only 34% of respondents rate employee engagement as strong in their organisation.
  • 59% of respondents think the CEO is only focused on the numbers, rather than the
    people who deliver the work.

Pay was low on the list of reasons why employees would leave their job, ranking ninth out of 11 potential reasons for resigning. Employees are most likely to leave their company if they don’t feel valued, with 60 percent naming this as factor that would lead them to resign.

These results are completely consistent with prior research that we and others have done.  You can’t buy your way into your employees’ hearts and minds.  You can, however, invest in the drivers of engagement.  Create and communicate a vision employees can believe in, train them, give them the tools they need to do their jobs, and develop managers who coach them and recognize them for a job well done. Investing in these things that matter most to employees will yield returns in higher productivity and willingness to go the extra mile for your customers and your organization.

 

Celebrating the Workforce – Sous Chef #1in100MM

Cooking saved Mike Perez’s life. See how in this 1 in One Hundred Million video:

Mike is in the business of making parties perfect. Whether he’s cooking for a party of 30 or 1,000, he pours his heart and soul into every meal he creates. Slicing, dicing, mixing, and plating, Mike is at home in the kitchen. There was a time, though, when Mike’s professional track wasn’t so clear. In fact, he attributes his success to his boss at Hearty Boys Catering. “He took a chance on me when nobody would, when I didn’t think I had a chance.” Today, in the kitchen, Mike has purpose – passion – and he’s proud to say he’s found his place.