Solid Tool for Large Organization
March 14, 2018

Solid Tool for Large Organization

John Pavarini | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Kronos Workforce Central

Kronos is utilized by the entire organization for timekeeping and time off requests of all employees. This includes all clinical and non-clinical staff whether they are exempt or non-exempt status. As a 24/7/365 operation timekeeping, incentives, and differentials are imperative to capture both legally, but also for our own analytical purpose. Kronos has allowed for the organization to monitor schedule, float hours, and effectively track hours and location of hours by each individual employee.
  • As a full service hospital there can be demands of staff to respond to high census or staffing shortages. Kronos has offered great utilization in floating hours between units and departments, identifying direct or indirect patient care hours, and ultimately offering analytics to clinical and operational leaders. This ability to specifically move hours while at work is exceptional for reporting and planning purposes across the organization.
  • The self-managed and leader managed options of an employee’s time card is of huge benefit. As a 24/7 hour operation it is critical that each individual is accountable for their own timekeeping. Kronos allows each employee to manage and submit adjustment, updates, and changes while at work without having to have their manager do it for them. The proceeding approval/acceptance process with these changes is well established and easy to authenticate.
  • The ability to access and navigate the user interface is very friendly and forgiving. Other systems can be quite cumbersome and hard to navigate, update, and easily change, but Kronos is pretty straight forward both for users and administrators. This ability to easily orient new team members and managers has been a great benefit to the organization.
  • Without proper implementation and guidelines around accountability Kronos can become a burden just like any other misused system. With that said, there are managers who manage near 50 people in our organization and if employees don’t manage/update their time cards a manager will be overwhelmed to keep it accurate for them. When it comes to floating hours and tying it to new locations or cost centers via pay codes it can be a challenge to correct mismanaged time cards.
  • One complaint is that that timecards don’t always update in live time when approving or adjusting hours or time off. When in a crunch to approve timecards prior to payroll being run it can be a little intimidating to submit a timecard that doesn’t represent a full-week of work although you entered or approved the correct hours. Speed and processing of the system lags, so can cause frustration.
  • More automation around requests and approvals would be beneficial to high volume managers. Having to manually approve each request or change can be very time consuming for leaders who must log into the system to do so. Automation around holiday or sick time requests would be nice and would provide some relief to teams. Additionally, creating features to approve such requests visa email link or similar would save the time of having to log into the application.
  • Organizationally, the analytics have contributed significantly to staffing and labor forecasting. As a healthcare organization there are seasons across different specialties, and being able to review productivity hours to align staffing needs has been a cost saver.
  • Given the ownership by team members of managing their timecards, it has been a huge time saver for managers. Leaders can focus on tasks at hand, and do not need to spend countless evening or weekend hours auditing their employee timecards.

Kronos and Dayforce are the two timekeeping systems I’ve worked with in recent years. Kronos feels a little more comprehensive and is my primary timekeeping tool both for myself as well as my staff. Kronos is a great tool for a wide range of shifts, working locations, and pay codes. In this context, I would pick Kronos over Dayforce. On the opposite side, Dayforce is extremely user-friendly and has a “cleaner” user interface if that is a contributing factor for anyone. Also, for managers who oversee large teams (30-50 team members) then Dayforce is a bit more simple to approve time cards, hours, and leave. Kronos is a bit clunky with all the clicks, and managing large teams of hourly employees would be a huge time suck to go in to review/approve all.

As someone managing staff I am extremely happy with Kronos as the primary timekeeping system for my organization. As an employee myself, I too utilize Kronos for vacation requests, and this is painless and easy for both myself and my own manager to approve paid leave. As a clinical entity, there is a huge variation in schedules among teams, and Kronos has the ability to capture and accommodate all of them. The numerous pay codes that can be set up and easily selected is wonderful for our financial leaders to review productivity, overtime, and patient/non-patient time on clinical units. As with many of the tools I use, Kronos would be overkill for even a small organization that can easily bill or manually track hours.