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The Manufacturing Workforce of the Future Will Be Built from Within

Posted by Neil Shah on Sep 6, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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It's no secret that manufacturers have already been finding it difficult to fill the skills gap with new generations entering the workforce. But even with the shortage of talent skilled in manufacturing crafts now, the gap is only going to get bigger without some changes across the industry. As the skilled workforce begins to age out, the pull for entry into the field needs to get more innovative. While there's no immediate fix, manufacturers are already finding ways to improve prospects at the present while laying the foundation for future workforce strength, and this recent study by Kronos for The Manufacturer has some great highlights.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Workforce Management

Considerations for Workforce Management During an Acquisition or Merger

Posted by Neil Shah on Aug 29, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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It seems like every week the news is buzzing with talks of a possible new merger — from healthcare systems to tech companies and more. Take the food industry for example, which has seen nearly a 7% increase in M&A activity in the first 2 quarters of this year alone. For these endeavors to succeed, the real challenge is not in reaching agreement or gaining the proper approvals. The true test begins the moment a merger or acquisition is confirmed, as both entities begin integrating key assets and infrastructure, like workforce management systems.

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Topics: Workforce Management

Find Your Balance: How Standardization and Localization Both Benefit Workforce Management in Retail

Posted by Neil Shah on Aug 22, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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It's not uncommon for there to be tension between HQ and storefronts in retail when it comes to IT, HCM systems and mandatory processes. For regional managers, some degree of autonomy is seen as a way to succeed beyond expectations, while business leaders trust in tried and true solutions, viewing experimentation as a risk. These days, both are likely to agree that utilizing a strong workforce management system helps avoid common productivity pitfalls, but choosing between standard and local capabilities can be a battle.

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Topics: Kronos, Retail, Workforce Management

Workforce Management Projections: Keep Mobile On Your Mind

Posted by Neil Shah on Aug 15, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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Change is coming. Are you ready for it? A new study by Grand View Research projects workforce management trends through the year 2025, and the outlook is exciting. Overall, adoption of solution suites will continue to grow, but one key factor is expected to drive growth among new and existing system users alike. Just like responsive web design has met the needs of mobile-first visitors, the future of workforce solutions will be driven by mobile efficiency and mobility expectations of the incoming workforce.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Workforce Trends

Striving Beyond Work: How We're Encouraging Our Team to Live Big

Posted by Neil Shah on Aug 8, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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In a time when email and mobile devices have created an "always on" working culture, it's important for professionals and businesses to strike a balance. As a company with an entirely remote workforce spanning four time zones, we know all too well the effort, energy and discipline this all takes. That's why we've started an internal initiative to "Live Big," inviting our staff to take opportunities to pursue a personal activity goal outside of work, and we support them along the way.

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Topics: The WFC Group News

Raising the Bar: Hospitality Benefits When Employees are Engaged

Posted by Neil Shah on Aug 1, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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When it comes to food service and hospitality, high turnover rates may seem like just another standard feature of the industry. But some employers are approaching the matter a little differently, and they're setting a great case for how improved employee engagement can challenge the normal perception. Here are a couple key lessons learned from employers recognized for outstanding business performance and overall engagement that can extend beyond fast food.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Hospitality

Case Study: Strengthening Task Management Across Multiple Storefronts

Posted by Neil Shah on Jul 25, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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No store is an island in the world of retail. Chain operators see value in delivering a consistent experience no matter which location a shopper may choose to visit, and a lot of that comes down to overseeing employees and their productivity in completing important tasks. When each storefront runs as tight a ship as the rest, the whole ship floats — but how can the captains in HQ make sure no one gets lost at sea?

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Topics: Kronos, Retail, Workforce Management

One Key Management Change to Help Fight Nurse Fatigue

Posted by Neil Shah on Jul 18, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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When it comes to job satisfaction, nursing maintains an impressive rate of professionals pleased with their career choice (93% according to the recent Employee Engagement in Nursing survey conducted by Kronos Incorporated). It's easy to understand why healthcare instills a sense of value and purpose in one's work — helping people stay healthy is rewarding. Unfortunately, the profession also comes with a quiet occupational hazard that threatens performance and well-being, and it will continue to put hospitals and our healthcare providers at risk if unaddressed.

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Topics: Healthcare, Workforce Management

Uncover New Tools for Hiring and Managing High-Performing Talent

Posted by Neil Shah on Jul 11, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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Not enough can be said for the incredible value created by both hiring the right people and keeping them at the top of their game. Talent can go a long way to propel a business, but haphazard acquisition processes can result in extending an offer too late or they can drive talent away altogether.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Kronos Workforce Ready

The Internet of Things is One Key to Empowering Your Workforce

Posted by Neil Shah on Jul 5, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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When Benjamin Franklin so eloquently surmised life's two certainties — death and taxes — he never could have imagined today's third inevitability. The Internet of Things is our new reality, with every object imaginable becoming "connected" via WiFi and producing new data streams, and businesses everywhere are faced with the challenge to adapt — both in our external customer relations and internally how we engage our workforce. With so many new sources of connectivity, it's up to business leaders to identify which sources offer the most value to how their businesses optimizes for greater productivity and employee empowerment.

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Topics: Workforce Management