We had a very engaging tweet chat today regarding what workplace topics and issues will be the most prevalent in 2016. Based off of The Workforce Institute predictions for 2016, we had quite a few thought leaders weigh in on what they think will be most critical in the coming year - especially when it comes to subjects such as millennials, benefits, recruiting best practices, and employee engagement, to name a few.
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, and what your predictions are for 2016. Tweet us using #KronosChat, or comment below to share your thoughts.
This has been a busy week for those of us at Kronos as we hosted our 16th annual KronosWorks conference in Orlando. As always, it's a great opportunity for Kronos customers to jam in a lot of learning in a few days and expand their networks with new friends. I'm pictured here with a couple of my new social media buddies, Victorio Milian (@victorio_m) of Creative Chaos HR and Curtis Midkiff (@shrmsmg) of SHRM. Curtis hosted a well attended session at KronosWorks to discuss the role of social media in HR.
Like most of our high tech compatriots, Kronos believes that social media is transforming the way we interact with each other - including in the workplace. To that end, we are incorporating social collaboration capabilities into our Workforce Central product suite beginning in December. Social media-savvy customers who've seen previews of these capabilities are excited about the opportunities they provide to enhance employee engagement and productivity.
Robin Schooling of HR Schoolhouse took a look at our new capabilities and writes here about why she's excited about the increasing role social can play in HR. She also reflected on the concerns she (and we) hear from HR professionals who are reluctant to embrace social media in the workplace:
Like Robin, I believe that the debate about whether social media should be allowed in the workplace is over - it's here to stay. The question for HR professionals is how to embrace and manage social media to take full advantage of it's ability to connect employees with each other and with customers. Take the following survey and let us know what you think about social media in the workplace (you can pick up to 4 options):
This week was all about our 15th KronosWorks annual customer conference. This is the crescendo of our annual marketing plan at Kronos, bringing together over 2100 attendees from around the world. We spend the 5 days of KronosWorks sessions celebrating customer success stories, bonding with those customers over drinks and dinner, and reminding ourselves of how far Kronos has come as a company in 35 years. It's not the same as being there, but you can watch a bit of the general session here, including remarks from our terrific CEO Aron Ain. The photo to the left is of a portion of a mural that an artist created real time during his speech - an infogram on the fly if you will.
As in many businesses, our days can sometimes be spent focusing on making things better for customers - especially those who need our help because something's not going right. Having so many happy customers at an event like KronosWorks reminds me that we do an awful lot of things right - and have for years. The stories customers shared about the transformational results they've achieved with Kronos were awesome. We had several guests from the analyst and blogger community in Las Vegas this week who were learning about Kronos for the first time. One said to me, "I had no idea how cool you guys were!". This was in response not only to our announcement of Workforce Tablet, but also the friendliness and openness of the Kronos employees and executives they were meeting.
The use of social media by KronosWorks attendees increased sharply this year, especially on Twitter. You tweeters can check out #kronosworks12 to find hundreds of comments made during the event. One really intriguing session I attended was conducted by SHRM's Curtis Midkiff via Google+ Hangouts. You can watch the entire session here to get a flavor for this very cool (and virtually free) means of sharing "live" experts virtually.
If you'd like to see what press, analyst and blogger attendees at KronosWorks had to say, check out the following links:
I had a great time talking to Bryan Wempen at DriveThru HR today about social media - how we use it at Kronos, and what we've learned in the last 5 years that may be useful to newer adopters. You can listen to a replay of the broadcast here.
Bryan and I focused largely on the benefits of social media and the best ways to balance employee participation with organizational risk. In our case, that has meant having clear communications guidelines as part of our corporate code of conduct that help guide Kronos employees who blog, tweet, facebook, pinterest, or otherwise talk about Kronos online. There's some additional good advice on mitigating risk associated with social media in this blog post as well.
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