The joke is on us — Open Enrollment doesn’t have to be painful. In the latest episode of the People Purpose Podcast, Chas and Julie talk about the importance of overcommunication, some of the new demands you may not consider as an employer, and everybody’s favorite: compliance considerations. You will also hear about Julie’s paper-filled experience as a practitioner when handling Open Enrollment, as Chas chats about his journey being a millennial while dealing with benefits.

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Today's post is submitted by Joyce Maroney, Executive Director of the Workforce Institute.

I was recently a guest on Matt Alder's podcast, Recruiting Future.  We chatted about the results of our recent research that raised the question of whether many jobs could be done in fewer than the traditional 40 hours per week.

During our interview we discussed the research findings and how employers can use these insights to recruit and retain the talent they need. The topics we cover include:

• The conundrum of longer hours and reduced productivity

• What are the key interruptions that effect productively

• How can employers improve the situation

• Is a four day week possible and/or practical?

• The role of leadership

• The logistics of offering unlimited holidays

• Do attitudes vary from country to country?

You can listen to our conversation on the player below:

Our most recent podcast is on the topic of Millennial Managers: how they may differ from older managers and what your organization can do to engage and develop these emerging leaders.  To explore this topic, I invited two well known experts on Millennials in the workplace - Workforce Institute board member Dan Schawbel and Millennial branding expert Bill Connolly.

Dan is a New York Times bestselling author, Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, and the Founder of both Millennial Branding and He is the bestselling author of two career books: Promote Yourself, and Me 2.0. His third book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation, will be published later this year.

Bill Connolly is an improvisational comedian, soft skills expert, speaker, and writer. He is the author of two books including The Success Disconnect: Why The Smartest People Choose Meaning Over Money and Funny Business: Build Your Soft Skills Through Comedy. He maintains a column for Entrepreneur and is a frequent speaker on personal and professional development, mental health, and building soft skills through comedic methodology. By day, Connolly runs content for Monotype, a company providing design assets, technology, and expertise to brands. By night, he is the co-founder and producer of Triple Decker Productions, developing live and digital comedic content.

In our wide ranging conversation, we talked about the factors that have shaped Millennial managers, what motivates them at work, how their communication styles differ from their predecessors, and how their leaders can best develop and engage them.

You can listen in on our conversation here:

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Today's post is from Joyce Maroney, Executive Director of the Workforce Institute.

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Navin, the senior vice president of employee experience at Grand Rounds, a company that provides an employer-based solution that gives employees and their families the technology, information and support they need to make decisions about whether and where to receive medical treatment. Before joining Grand Rounds, Peter has had a long and varied career in human resources leadership at companies like DocuSign and Shutterfly. He has also recently authored a Harvard Business Review article with Workforce Institute Board member David Creelman and fellow HR luminary John Boudreau on the topic of Why More Executives Should Consider Becoming a CHRO.

In this podcast recording of our conversation, you'll learn how Peter's career led him to the CHRO role and what advice he has for others who are CHRO's or who aspire to be.  He shares his four principles for creating a culture of engagement and performance as well as how executives aspiring to the CHRO role can prepare to make that move.

You'll also hear his responses to the following questions, among others:

Listen to the podcast below:

Are you an HR professional?  What would be your tips for someone who wishes to advance in the profession?

In recent weeks, our outstanding CEO Aron Ain has been getting a lot of public recognition for his great performance.  He was once again recognized by Glassdoor as a top CEO - with a 96% approval rating from Kronos employees.   Of the 700,000 companies reviewed on Glassdoor, the average CEO approval rating is 67 percent.

Aron Ain has been CEO at Kronos since 2005.  During the 12 years of his leadership,  Kronos has grown from $518.7 million in annual revenue to  a $1.261 billion company; has expanded its worldwide employee base from 2,900 to 5,200 Kronites; and employee engagement scores have risen dramatically to 87 percent today, which includes a three percent boost from 2016 to 2017 alone.  Aron has also been honored for his commitment to employee engagement, innovation, and overall Kronos success by being named the inaugural Ray Stata Leadership and Innovation Award winner from the Massachusetts High Technology Council as well as CEO of the Year by MassTLC.

All of the above are impressive accomplishments.  What any Kronite would tell you, though, is that what's most important is his genuine concern for every employee.  He trusts us to do our jobs, and we trust him in return.  If you'd like to hear from the man himself, have a listen to this short radio interview from earlier in June.  And if all of this makes you want to work for Aron and Kronos, you'll find our job postings here.

To hear from Aron about what he thinks makes an effective leader, you can listen to this recent radio interview.

Happy (Almost) New Year everybody.  And welcome to the last podcast of 2014.  Coming soon - a new year, new resolutions, and hopefully some new inspiration to drive us all to do some great stuff at work.  In this podcast, I'm chatting with William Tincup, Principal Analyst at Key Interval.  William started Key Interval this year to provide HR professionals with "disciplined, pragmatic research to help practitioners separate fact from anecdote."

William has been working with HR pros and the people who sell to them for many years. This gives him a unique perspective on today's topic - that is how marketing and HR could work together to create cohesion between organizational and employee branding.  Your brand is your promise of value - to customers and employees.  More importantly, your brand reputation is the sum of all the interactions that customers and employees have with you.  What are you doing to burnish that brand?

Listen to the podcast below for our take on these questions, among others:

Relevant Links:

William Tincup - Is a Chief Brand Officer Necessary?

Podcast with David Creelman on how big data can enhance HR practices






big data whisperer
I recently had the opportunity to interview  Aram Faghfouri, senior data scientist at Kronos; Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research; and David Wright, vice president of architecture at Kronos, about the challenges and rewards associated with making big data small.  Everybody's talking about Big Data, which is increasingly becoming a major strategic focus for firms that sell technology and consulting services.  The mountain of data that the former help organizations create provides an equally large opportunity for the latter to help interpret.

For many organizations, mining their transactional data for analytical "pots of gold" can seem both daunting and potentially dangerous when they begin to contemplate issues like data security and privacy.  Aram, Holger and Dave shared their views on the following topics that may help you transform your mountain of data into nuggets of insight:

 You can listen to our conversation here.

What are you doing to leverage data to transform your workplace?

This week I spoke with our board member, Dr. Tim Porter-O'Grady about the implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for healthcare providers and for employers.  If your organization employs more that 50 full time equivalent employees, you are no doubt already grappling with what you'll need to do to comply with the act.

Tim, who consults with healthcare providers around the country, has a deeply informed perspective on what the ACA will mean for workers and employers.  In our conversation, Tim reflects on the increasing responsibility that healthcare providers have to ensure their services are delivering the best possible outcomes for the money spent even as the pressure is applied to employers to ensure that employees can get the heath services they need at an affordable cost.

You can listen to a podcast of our conversation here: PPACA compliance podcast

In order to ensure compliance with the ACA and the drive toward evidence-based medical practice, both healthcare providers will be increasingly dependent on technology to track costs and predict outcomes.  Other resources that might be useful to you and your organization in understanding the ACA:

Navigating the Affordable Care Act: Avoiding Penalties  and Minimizing Costs - Kronos Webinar on March 6 at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET

Mercer Report:  Health Care Reform After the Decision.  Mercer surveyed 1,215 US employers shortly after the Supreme Court decision last summer upholding the act.  This report provides a brief overview of the provisions of the act relating to employer responsibility for providing employees with affordable health insurance as well as those employers' assessments of the financial impact the Act will have on business.

As Ben Franklin famously noted, "An ounce of prevention is worth of pound of cure".  What's your organization doing to prepare for the ACA?  And what are you doing to help employees manage their own health?

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