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Five Tips to Keep Your Employees Healthy

HH CollageFebruary is American Heart Month and, here at Kronos, we take this initiative seriously – especially on National Wear Red Day. This year, to help do our part in raising awareness about heart disease, Kronites all over the world sported their best red attire via photos shared to the Kronos Live Inspired Facebook page. For each photo uploaded, Kronos contributed to the American Heart Association to help further research and education about heart disease. Check out this year’s album here.

While February’s emphasis on heart health is great, having a healthy program in place for your employees year-round is critical. Healthy employees take fewer sick days, lower your healthcare costs, and are more productive workers. Here are five quick tips you can implement in your workplace to keep your employees healthy – and happy!

1.)    Offer Healthy Food Options

The cafeteria, communal snack drawer, and so on can be an all-too-tempting place for employees on a diet, or those just trying to eat better. Support them by offering healthier options such as salads, fruit, yogurt, granola bars, and nuts, to name a few. Healthier foods also provide extra staying power, keeping workers energized throughout the day.

2.)    Help Them Quit Smoking for Good

Here at Kronos, we participate in an effective program called Quit for Life. Did you know smokers are six times more likely to suffer heart attacks? Help your employees quit for good with a program that helps them live without tobacco once and for all.

3.)    Provide an Active Workspace 

Sitting at a desk for eight (or more) hours a day is not healthy for anybody. Consider treadmill desks and standing desks to provide options to break up a long day of sitting.  (We even have stability ball chairs in one of our conference rooms). Incorporating even just a few active workspaces throughout the office can keep many of your employees healthier, happier, and more motivated at (and outside of) work.

4.)    Promote a Work-Life Balance

Being overworked and chronically stressed can lead to high blood pressure and an increased heart rate – not to mention a poor outlook on work. Offering your employees options to balance work and life is key in helping to decrease their stress levels, improve their health, and give them a more positive attitude toward their job.

5.)    Be Active Together!

Coordinating fun, physical activities for your employees not only encourages team-building and bonding – it also inspires everyone to be a little more active. Kickball leagues, regular yoga classes at the office, Battle of the Intern competitions, and group walks during lunch are just a few ways to get your team moving, together.

How do you keep your employees active, motivated, and healthy at work?

Workplace Trends for 2016 – Tweet Chat Highlights

KronosTwitterChatWe had a very engaging tweet chat today regarding what workplace topics and issues will be the most prevalent in 2016. Based off of The Workforce Institute predictions for 2016, we had quite a few thought leaders weigh in on what they think will be most critical in the coming year – especially when it comes to subjects such as millennials, benefits, recruiting best practices, and employee engagement, to name a few.

You can view the entire tweet chat below (as well as here), or search via #KronosChat on Twitter. We’d love to know what you think, and what your predictions are for 2016. Tweet us using #KronosChat, or comment below to share your thoughts.

Battle of the Interns: The Competitive Fire Burns in the Next Generation Workforce

Today’s guest blog is courtesy of Kelly Dynan, a Kronos intern from Marist College who worked with the Corporate Communications team this summer.

Since 2013, Kronos has hosted its own an internal Intern Kronolympics event at the conclusion of the summer internship program. This year, we took the event to new heights by inviting five other leading Greater Boston technology companies to compete in the inaugural Summer Games: Battle of the Interns. We also teamed up with the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), who provided referees, scorekeepers, and a master of ceremonies for the day’s events, which featured challenges designed to test the brains and brawn of 90-plus interns over a series of team competitions.

Despite Boston pulling out of the 2024 Olympics bid, you’ll see from Kelly’s post that the spirit of competition is alive and well with the next generation workforce…

July 22, 2015. 12pm. Tryouts. All of the Kronos summer interns gathered around the green space outside of the cafeteria. Kerri and Nicole, the heads of the intern program, explained the rules of the obstacle course that stood between us and becoming a member the elite Kronos Summer Games team.  

With almost half of Kronos’ 80-plus summer interns vying for the 15 available roster spots, the competition was fierce. We were forced to race down a stretch of grass via crab walk, answer a trivia question about the company, and then move on to a water balloon toss in rapid succession. The whole event was timed, with seconds added on if you missed a water balloon bucket or incorrectly answered the trivia question. Although I was horrid at the water balloon toss, my main time was enough to grant me the 15th spot on the team.

Talking to my friends outside of this internship, they were shocked that Kronos was taking this so seriously. (READ: “You actually had tryouts?!?!”) However, it wasn’t surprising to me. In fact, I was expecting it. Kronos as a company is high-performing, innovative, and ambitious, and the interns are no different.

August 6, 2015. 1pm. The day of the competition was here. The Kronos team was decked out in our orange shirts, orange bandanas, and eye black. We sized up our competition from the other competing companies: Acquia, Constant Contact, Epsilon, HubSpot, and MathWorks.

Six Greater Boston tech companies matched the talents of their interns against each other in a competitive day of brains and brawn.

Six Greater Boston tech companies matched the talents of their interns against each other in a competitive day of brains and brawn.

The first event was an obstacle course; consisting of a hula hoop pass, pony hop, and hot lava. The hula hoop pass went easily, and the pony hop was hilarious to watch – see for yourself in the highlight video. The trickiest challenge, however, was the hot lava game – where each team of 15 was given nine 10-inch ‘stones’ to get their entire team across the 25-yard long ‘hot lava’ without touching the turf. Our team went with a unique strategy, having everyone pair up in piggyback formation to move across the dots (And although we weren’t the fastest team, we definitely looked the coolest). All in all, we finished fourth after the first round.

Knowing that we needed to step up our game up, we regrouped and headed into the water balloon and corn hole tosses with fresh mindsets.  96 completed tosses later, we stormed into the lead and were one of four squads to make it to the semi-final round.

For the semi-finals, we had to do a unique word unscramble . In front of each team was a ball pit of approximately 300 balls, with some of the balls containing letters. The MC provided a clue over the PA system for the word (or words) we were supposed to spell. The horn blew and the competition began as the four remaining teams sprinted to their ball pits. While searching for all the balls with letters on them, we also had to figure out the answer to the question as the MC provided increasingly easier clues.  What seemed like a pretty easy task turned out to be quite complicated for Team Kronos. Due to a simple lack of communication, we did not finish in time to advance to the finals (we couldn’t find one of the Ls needed to spell the answer: Kendall Square).

For the finals, Acquia and Epsilon battled it out in a tug-of-war competition, with Acquia taking home the gold in a best-of-three challenge. The event organizers tried to make it interesting after the first pull by asking the anchor on the Acquia team a trivia question that would have eliminated him from the competition – but he answered the question correctly and was allowed to compete in the second tug-of-war game, which Acquia swept 2-0.

As much as I hate losing, I can only have a sense of accomplishment after surviving the first Battle of the Interns. And of course our team learned a valuable lesson about just how important proper communications is at a successful company like Kronos.

In the end it was a great day filled with competition, fun, and networking. This event was the perfect way to end my time here at Kronos.