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Workplace Perk: Corporate Social Responsibility

IMG_1519In August, Kronites packed 890 backpacks for Citizen Schools – a non-profit organization that partners with middle schools across the United States to expand the learning opportunities for children in low-income communities. Over the next few weeks, these backpacks will be delivered to students at Browne and Wright middle schools in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Several Kronos customers and partners donated items for the bags, including Justice, Cognizant, Workforce Insight, and The WFC Group.

Here at Kronos, we are passionate about our Give Inspired initiatives. As a company, we believe it’s important to give back to our communities. For our employees, it gives them an opportunity to work together on an objective that has deep personal purpose for many.

It’s no surprise that Kronos’ Give Inspired program has our employees engaged. Last year, WeSpire conducted a survey on “The Evolution of Employee Engagement.” The survey found that 50% of respondents were interested in becoming more involved in their organization’s volunteer, sustainability, well-being, or social responsibility programs. 71% of employees under the age of 30 expressed a desire to be more involved.

While corporate social responsibility helps to engage (and retain) your current employees, a solid program can also help attract top talent. According to a 2014 Nielsen survey, 67% of employees prefer to work for a socially responsible company.

Ping pong tables and free snacks are nice, but many employees are looking for a way to give back. Whether your organization strives to support its local community or a more national (or even global!) cause, giving your employees the opportunity to get involved is quite the workplace perk.

Tell us: Does your company focus on social responsibility? Share your feedback in the comments section below.

Employee Burnout & Fatigue – Tweet Chat Highlights

employeeburnoutWe had a very engaging tweet chat today regarding employee burnout and fatigue in the workplace. A number of thought leaders weighed in on how burnout affects employees and their employers; best practices on how to help prevent employee burnout/fatigue; how technology plays a role; and more.

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 about this topic – tweet us using #KronosChat, or comment below to share your thoughts.

The Connectivity Conundrum

SmartphoneThe following guest post was written by John Hollon, a member of The Workforce Institute Advisory Board and Vice President for Content at Checkster. Thanks, John!

I don’t have a lot of pet peeves, but there is one that really pushes my buttons.

It’s people who think they can do something else while they’re texting or talking on their smartphone.

Believe me when I tell you, they can’t.

We know people can’t properly drive (or text) while on a smartphone, but in my experience, they can’t walk and work on a phone either. I know this because several times a week I nearly run over someone at the gym or the supermarket who is so distracted by their phone that they blindly walk into the path of a moving vehicle.

So, I wasn’t surprised by this recent CareerBuilder survey that detailed just how much smartphones are sapping employee productivity on the job.

It found that that 83 percent of employees have smartphones, and 82 percent of those with smartphones keep them within eye contact at work. And while only 10 percent of those with smartphones say it’s decreasing their productivity at work, 2 in 3 (66 percent) say they use it (at least) several times a day while working.

Well, there seems to be a slight difference of opinion about how much those smartphones are distracting employees from their work. Yes, only 10 percent of workers think they are distracting, but a whopping 55 percent of managers listed cell phones and texting as the No. 1 productivity killer for employees.

Clearly, workers and managers have a different take on how smartphones impact the amount of work getting done.

“While we need to be connected to devices for work, we’re also a click away from alluring distractions from our personal lives, like social media and various other apps,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “The connectivity conundrum isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it needs to be managed.”

Workplaces are continually evolving, and as this survey makes clear, what constitutes distracting smartphone behavior is up for debate. Employees see this as a minor issue, while managers are a lot more troubled by it.

But, it’s sort of like the people on their smartphones who don’t see me backing up or driving by in the parking lot – they’ll probably be arguing that their phones aren’t a distraction as they’re rolling under the wheels of my car.

Yes, one person’s distraction is another person’s problem. That’s why it’s probably time we get a better handle on how smartphones should be handled in our workplaces.