At Kronos, we’re committed to being a best place to work. What does that mean to us? It means that we promote an inspired culture. We encourage employees’ talents, and work to keep them engaged in their personal and professional aspirations. Being a best place to work allows us to attract and keep the best people, and deliver outstanding results for our customers.
As Kronites, we believe in taking care of our customers, our communities, our families, and each other. We know the workplace is changing and finding the right balance among these things is getting tougher every day. We also know that “balance” looks different for different people. Whether it’s volunteering in your local school, pursuing a graduate degree, training for a marathon, or seeing the world, we all have passions that keep us fulfilled. The best companies know that fulfilled employees are engaged employees, and engaged employees are creative, innovative, and committed to our collective success. And that’s good for business.
Our commitment to balance is at the core of myTime, our open time off policy.
myTime is a clear reflection of our culture and our philosophy around time off – which encompasses vacation, sick, and volunteer time – and also considers flexible working arrangements.
In short, myTime promotes maximum flexibility while still meeting or exceeding business objectives. With myTime, we focus on: empowerment of employees to balance their life in the way that works for them, trust in our managers and our employees to work together to meet the needs of our customers, our teams, and ourselves, and myTime supports the notion that employees are accountable for their performance, and performance matters more than rules and policies.
Audio: You may be thinking that myTime sounds great in theory, but have questions about its practical implications. How exactly does it work, and what is the role of managers and employees in managing time off?
myTime relies on a strong manager-employee partnership, and encourages both parties to think creatively about how employees can maintain peak productivity, meet their goals, and balance their lives at the same time.
As we said earlier, the philosophy around myTime places an emphasis on empowerment, trust, and personal accountability. In the absence of rigid guidelines, we expect that managers and employees will use good judgement around time off and flexible working arrangements.
Another way to think about myTime is that we measure our employees’ success on what they accomplished and how they accomplish it – not by the number of days in the office, hours online, or amount of time off.
Audio: An open time-off policy can be an adjustment for both managers and employees. It requires moving away from a traditional mindset about time off, placing our focus and emphasis on trust and using good judgement.
Managers are asked to: Value results more than time spent achieving them Support employees in achieving the work life balance that works for them Trust employees will do what’s right for themselves, each other, and our customers Be comfortable with managing each request on a case by case basis Set a good example by taking time off to relax and recharge Similarly, employees are asked to: Be accountable for your performance Be empowered to ask for the time you need Plan ahead to ensure coverage when you are away (at least 2 weeks notice for time off extending more than a few days) Consider deliverables, commitments and impact on the team when planning time off Be open to explore alternatives if your initial request cannot be accommodated Understand that time off may vary between employees due to individual and team circumstances
Audio: So let’s review some key questions that you may have around myTime.
You may be wondering, is everyone eligible for the benefit? All current U.S. full-time and part-time US employees (exempt and non-exempt) and co-op employees are eligible.
myTime includes a variety of different types of time including vacation, sick, floating holidays, bereavement and sick time and even includes time for caring for a sick dependent. It also provides time for Kronites to volunteer their time to something they are passionate about.
There are leave situations that are not included in the benefit. These include maternity leave, parental leave, FMLA, disability leave or jury duty. Reference the employee handbook for more details on these leaves.
There are no limits to the myTime benefit but it is paramount that the manager and employee plan and consider the business impact before agreeing to any requests. Be sure to record your time off using the “Request Time-off” widget in Workforce Central.
Remember to report any unplanned sick time to your manager as soon as you can.
You may still have some questions about the benefit. If you do, be sure to access the FAQ on myWorkInspired or contact your HR Business Partner.
myTime is so much more than a time-off policy. It’s our way to inspire you to find balance, passion, and excitement in your personal life, and our encouragement for you to bring that back to the workplace.
How has myTime inspired you? Post a photo from your trips, travels, and time spent with your loved ones by using #myTime on the WorkInspired group on Chatter!
Audio: Still have questions about myTime? A host of resources are available on myWorkInspired to answer any and all questions.
You can also send an inquiry to the LiveInspired mailbox.
Finally, Your HR business partner is always a great resource if you can’t find the answers you are looking for.
Overview of Kronos myTime
Our Inspired Culture and Being a Best Place to Work
How does it work in practice?
Manager and Employee Partnership
What makes it successful?
Value results more than time spent
Supporting employees in achieving the
work life balance that works for them
Trust employees will do what’s right for
themselves, each other and our
Be comfortable with managing each
request on a case by case basis
Set a good example by taking time off to
relax and recharge
Be accountable for your performance
Be empowered to ask for the time you
Plan ahead to ensure coverage when
you are away (at least 2 weeks notice
for time off extending more than a few
Consider deliverables, commitments
and impact on the team when planning
Be open to explore alternatives if your
initial request cannot be accommodated
Understand that time off may vary
between employees due to individual
and team circumstances
Who is eligible for myTime?
All current U.S. and Canada full-time, part-time (exempt and non-exempt), and co-op employees.
What time off is included in myTime?
myTime includes vacation time, personal days, floating holdiays, volunteer days, bereavement time, sick, or time
to care for a sick dependent living in your immediate household.
What time is not included in myTime?
myTime is separate from other leaves such as maternity leave, parental leave, disability leave, and jury duty.
How much time should I be taking? Is there a limit?
There is no limit to the amount of time that an employee may request. However, manager and employees should
work together to manage business and team impact.
Is there an approval process for myTime?
All time off requests must be discussed with and approved by your manager. Record your time using the “Request
Time-off” widget in Workforce Central. Unplanned sick time should be reported to your manager as soon as
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