Coronavirus resource spotlight: Kronos automated reporting

To help in the fight against COVID-19, the firm is offering customers a contact-tracing tool at no charge.
By: | May 8, 2020 • 2 min read
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Here’s a look at HCM cloud-solutions provider Kronos’ new contact-tracing tool:

What it is: Kronos Inc.’s new automated reporting feature—available to Workforce Dimensions, Kronos Workforce Central, Kronos Workforce Ready and Kronos iSeries Central customers globally at no additional charge—helps streamline the employee contact-tracing process, if needed. To do that, it leverages data science to analyze labor records and time and attendance data collected by a Kronos solution. It then generates a simple report organizations can use to quickly identify and communicate to employees who may have come in contact with a co-worker who has tested positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19.

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Why it is helpful: Using this straightforward tool, employers can generate a contact-tracing report by accessing an afflicted employee’s ID number to identify potential contacts—for instance, employees who clocked in at the same time and same location as someone testing positive or presumed positive for COVID-19—based on overlapping shifts.

Also, with state and local officials focused on growing resources and various contact-tracing initiatives, this information can empower employers to partner with health officials to rapidly notify potentially exposed employees. This quick action helps to ensure their people receive appropriate care, treatment and proper direction—such as self-quarantining instructions and initiating heightened cleaning efforts in exposed work areas— and can help reduce further virus transmission risk.

Kronos customers also can visit the COVID-19 Resource Center for many other tools and resources available to help organizations navigate the pandemic, including specific information on how to clean timekeeping devices, free access to employee badges and 24/7 support, and several knowledge base articles to configure their systems to meet changing regulatory requirements, work rules and specific needs. Any employer can access Kronos’ Managing Through Times of Uncertainty online information offering as well.

Other insights:
According to Kronos’ Gregg Gordon, vice president of industry, the company is devoted to the success of its customers, who, he adds, are “doing everything possible” to ensure the safety of their people while “providing essential services that benefit so many of us.”

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Recognizing that contact tracing is critical to reducing further spread of COVID-19 and ensuring appropriate care for anyone exposed, Kronos has greatly simplified this potentially complex process for customers, Gordon says, so they can take quick action if needed.

“Doing so may support critical efforts to minimize future spikes of the virus, while helping organizations develop plans and protocols for their reopening,” he says.

Tom Starner is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia who has been covering the human resource space and all of its component processes for over two decades. He can be reached at hreletters@lrp.com.