Picking up the Torch

Today’s post is by Dr. Chris Mullen, Executive Director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos. Here Chris reflects on how he feels as he’s picking up the torch.

First, I am honored and humbled for this new opportunity and I am excited to continue working with the impressive group that make up The Workforce Institute advisory board.

Second, as I step into the role of executive director of The Workforce Institute at Kronos and as a board member for years both as a customer and a Kronite, I cannot help but feel a sense of awe with what my predecessor, Joyce Maroney and fellow board members have accomplished over the past 13 years. I had the opportunity to sit down with Joyce in her final podcast  and reflect on her milestones with the Institute. It is truly remarkable to see what was once just an idea flourish into the global think tank that the WFI has become.

My goal as executive director is to continue to fulfill the mission of the WFI as it still holds true and is near and dear to me.

The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated is a think tank that helps organizations drive performance by addressing human capital management issues that affect both hourly and salaried employees. Through education and research, we empower organizations with practical ideas for optimizing the 21st century workplace.

The reason this mission resonates with me is because I have lived in both worlds, the hourly and salaried. In a previous life, I worked for almost 10 years as an hourly employee in the construction industry. Both of my parents are hourly employees. Then after college, as a salaried employee, I was privileged enough to manage both types of employees and see firsthand the challenges that both sets of employees face. But throughout it all, I’ve never forgotten my roots.

In addition, it is my personal philosophy that we should always strive to better understand others, be open to different situations and new experiences, and constantly look for ways to improve what we do. One way I believe we can accomplish this is through quantitative and qualitative research, something the Workforce Institute has been at the forefront of and will continue to do. Another, is applying the research and findings to real situations to develop best practices. This is where the interdisciplinary thoughts from individual board members come into play via blog posts and conversations.  

I appreciate what The Workforce Institute has done, what it has become, and I look forward to being part of its future.

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