Simple Math: Big Data – Big Focus = Big Failure

As technology advances allow us to analyze every aspect of business operations, many companies are inundated with data. Although we celebrate the advances in technology, this “data revolution” has also blurred the line between valuable insight and mundane non-value added information. As a result, many companies are now buried in indecipherable numbers. To successfully pierce through the mountains of useless data and focus on the strategic insights, it is critical businesses have the tools to translate heaps of distracting data into useful information.

HR Software Implementations: Customize Your Mindset, Not the Software

Mistakenly, many organizations start a software implementation thinking about how they can modify the new software to match their existing processes (i.e.: customize it). However, experience has shown me that this is nearly always the most expensive way to implement a new software platform (and the most expensive way to maintain it) for human resources or payroll functions. Rather, organizations should consider this question: if the existing processes and workflows are working so well, why are we investing in a new system at all?

Organizational Productivity: Staffing and Scheduling Must Work Together

Today’s guest post is courtesy of our board member, Sharlyn Lauby.  Sharlyn is author of the blog HR Bartender and president of ITM Group Inc. We keep hearing about the challenges of finding qualified talent. According to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) titled “The New Talent Landscape: Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages”, sixty-eight percent … Continue reading Organizational Productivity: Staffing and Scheduling Must Work Together

Reaping WFM Benefits: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

I recently moderated a discussion between Mollie Lombardi, Vice President of Workforce Management Practice and Principal Analyst at Brandon Hall Group and my Kronos colleague Ken Madley, a leader in our presales consulting organization, on the topic of how organizations are thinking about the value of workforce management technology.  Human Capital Management (HCM) and Workforce Management … Continue reading Reaping WFM Benefits: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Your IT Systems Can Use Some Spring Cleaning

This has been a particularly brutal winter here in the Boston area. In fact, we got the highest seasonal snowfall in recorded history, racking up a whopping 110.6 inches. For those of you who don't live in a snowbelt, let me paint a picture for you. Storms earlier in the season are charming. The snow flutters … Continue reading Your IT Systems Can Use Some Spring Cleaning

Celebrate Better Business Communication Day with your Hourly Workers

Today's guest post is courtesy of Workforce Institute board member Bob Clements.  Bob is Senior Principal at Axsium Group, a leading workforce management consulting firm. In the post below, he shares ideas about how workforce management technology capabilities can enhance the effectiveness of communications with your frontline workers - especially those who aren't at a computer … Continue reading Celebrate Better Business Communication Day with your Hourly Workers

Workforce Trends Advice Videos for SMB Organizations

SaaShr (a Kronos company) is launching an educational series of videos to help small and medium sized organizations navigate a wide range of business issues they face in managing their employees.  I wrote about some of the trends facing SMB organizations in a recent article I did for the Huffington Post.  Having been in the … Continue reading Workforce Trends Advice Videos for SMB Organizations

Workforce Institute Board Predictions for 2015

  At a recent board of advisors meeting, members of The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated discussed the top issues we believe will impact the world of workforce management in 2015. Individual board members also recorded personal predictions that will affect their respective industries that you can view on youtube. We'll be discussing these predictions … Continue reading Workforce Institute Board Predictions for 2015

Wearable Technology Tweet Chat Highlights

We had a very lively tweet chat today on the topic of wearable technology at work.  Per our recent global survey on this topic, adoption of this technology is still relatively low in the US, but larger and growing fast in other parts of the world.  Our survey respondents believe wearable tech may have benefits … Continue reading Wearable Technology Tweet Chat Highlights

When will (or did?) wearable technology come to your workplace?

Wearable technology is not new, but the increasing functionality and decreasing size of wearable devices are spawning a growing industry.  Devices are increasingly smaller, more intelligent, and more wearable than in the past. They can collect more information including location information through GPS or access points and employee biometric data such as movement, heart rate, sleep … Continue reading When will (or did?) wearable technology come to your workplace?