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Q&A with 2016 Silver WorkWell MA Award Winner, Kronos, Inc.

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Monday, December 5, 2016

 

2016 WorkWell MA Silver Award Winner, Kronos
Interview with Tori Kulungian

 

Tell us about your yourself and your organization. 
I am a Benefits Specialist working in HR and focusing on benefits administration in the U.S. as well as the creation of our national and global wellness programming.  I have been with Kronos for 1 ½ years, beginning as an intern, and then transitioning to working as a full time employee in 2016 upon graduation from college. 

Kronos is a global provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions based in Massachusetts. About 40 years ago we were the first to put a microprocessor in a timeclock, and today have grown into a $1.2 billion global software provider that helps organizations manage their most strategic asset: their workforces. We have tens of thousands of customers around the world in all different vertical markets, and more than 40 million people use a Kronos solution every day. We’re also proud to be consistently named a best place to work for our award-winning WorkInspired culture. We’ve been recognized by the likes of The Boston Globe, Forbes, The Globe and Mail, and the Great Place to Work® Institute in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and India. 


Congratulations on being a WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts awardee. What does this mean for you/your team?
We are extremely excited and honored as a WWCMA WorkWell Award recipient. We have worked hard to grow and develop our wellness program and our efforts have been recognized by the WWCMA by raising our rank from a Bronze to Silver award recipient. We are thrilled to have our LiveInspired wellness program recognized as a one of the best in Massachusetts and we look forward to continuing its growth in the upcoming year. 

Why are wellness programs important for your organization?
Wellness programming is a key component of our WorkInspired culture at Kronos. LiveInspired wellness encompasses a wide range of financial, physical, emotional, and mental wellness benefits and programs for Kronites and their families. Kronos understands that happy and healthy employees are more satisfied with their jobs and therefore more engaged in their work – which translates into better products, better services, and happier customers. This virtuous cycle belief is the foundation for LiveInspired benefits. Our robust wellness plan is designed to empower Kronites to take the steps necessary to improve their personal wellness through offerings such as informational webinars, group competitions, and personal wellness plans. 

What wellness program(s) have you implemented? Any new initiatives planned?
We have implemented various programs in different areas. We have a full-time Wellness Specialist and Coach that sits on site, as well as a part-time trainer for our employees to meet their health and wellness goals. We have an onsite gym with extended weekend hours, as well as many group exercise classes. We host quarterly wellness challenges, and aim to engage our global population when possible. These challenges include our annual walking challenge, a stress reduction program around the holidays, and a 12-week weight loss challenge. Some of our new wellness offerings include a Wellness Ambassador program, nationally offered meditation classes onsite and through webinars, and an online fitness class pilot for our remote employees. The Ambassador program has taken off and will begin to expand to other locations.  It includes a network of employees throughout the United States who are passionate about wellness. These ambassadors spread our wellness programs and knowledge to other employees. 


What impact is/are they having on your organization and employees? 
We have seen various outcomes from our wellness programming throughout the years. The Wellness Ambassadors are able to push out wellness programs coming from the corporate office in Massachusetts out to our other U.S. offices and remote employees. The Ambassadors understand the wellness wants and needs of these populations better than corporate does and are able to effectively generate engagement and awareness. They also are encouraged to make wellness unique at their local offices. For instance, our Indianapolis innovation center, which has close to 200 employees, has been able to do this by generating participation in a local race, as well as implementing a water drinking challenge. 

Additionally, our meditation program was aimed to not only impact HQ-based employees, but to further engage our remote population. We have had positive feedback that the webinar sessions are extremely valuable and are alleviating stress in many of our employees. 

Overall, our Wellness Specialist and Coach has seen outcomes in the health of our population from individual and group coaching. Some recent coaching “wins” include employees lowering A1c levels, blood pressure, weight loss over 50 lbs., and navigating life transition without crisis.

Are there aspects of your wellness program that make it unique that you would like to share? 
Our wellness program is unique in the fact that we value work-life balance and focus not only on physical health, but also the mental and emotional health aspects that often are overlooked. We tackled the tough topic of the growing Opioid epidemic in our “Not In My Backyard” live webinar, which included resources for employees that may be facing this growing crisis at home with family members.  We coordinated with our EAP, local resources, and an employee that has lived through the experience supporting a loved one.  The session was a groundbreaking success and Kronos was invited by the Massachusetts Health Council to present on what we did.

Adding to our WorkInspired culture, we have a corporate giving initiative, GiveInspired.  which urges employees to give back to the communities in which Kronites live and work. They can do this by using their open myTime paid time off hours for volunteering, coordinate team-based volunteering initiatives, and take advantage of our charitable matching program for individual contributions. We view this as yet another part of our overall wellness. 

Who are your wellness champions? (CEO, division leader, HR leader, an employee, etc) 
Our executive team, led by CEO Aron Ain and Chief People Officer David Almeda, strongly believe in creating an inspired place to work where family and health come before the job. They set the tone for our WorkInspired culture, but our culture is fortified by Kronites each and every day. Specific to wellness, it’s our group of 15 wellness ambassadors throughout the various Kronos offices around the U.S. that share corporate wellness with their teams in the form of corporate wellness content as well as unique programs they are inspired by. 

Any words of wisdom for organizations starting a new program? 
Robust wellness programs are not built over night, and they are never finished – be patient and persistent in your efforts. We have been growing our wellness program for around 7 years now, and we continue to adapt our offerings to the needs of employees. Wellness programs are never one-size-fits-all, either. Take a look at the market and see what programs other companies are implementing, and the success they have seen. Then, when implementing your own programs, find a balance that will best support your company’s culture, strategy, and employee preferences.

 

 

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Calling All Massachusetts Employers! Support for Wellness Initiatives

Posted By Mari Ryan, Friday, February 19, 2016

WWCMA is excited to share an opportunity for Massachusetts employers to engage in Working on Wellness, a comprehensive statewide worksite wellness initiative provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Working on Wellness provides a financial support launching a wellness program, while also offering expert training, technical assistance and an on-line learning community that allows you to collaborate with similar businesses.

 Working on Wellness is currently recruiting Massachusetts employers. To learn more, visit www.maWOW.org and attend an upcoming informational webinar. If you have been considering launching a wellness program or would like to enhance your existing wellness program, take advantage of this opportunity!

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Healthy Massachusetts Cities and Towns

Posted By Colleen Caruso, Thursday, June 26, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Written by Colleen Caruso, WWCMA Member and Marketing Committee Member

As a human resources professional with a strong interest in wellness, I feel happy when I see that more and more communities are doing more to make it easier to make healthy choices.  By building parks and bike paths, offering free community fitness classes, and promoting healthy eating, these communities are working to create a culture of wellness.   Employers in these areas can take advantage of these resources and may want to partner with their community to further enhance the program and partnership with their community.

Here are a few Massachusetts communities that support working on wellness!

Somerville’s Shape Up Somerville 

Somerville offers an easy commute into Boston and Cambridge and a fun social scene for students and young professionals.  According to their web site, “Shape Up Somerville” is a 15-year strategy to build and sustain a healthy community in collaboration with partners for everyone that lives, works in and visits the city.

Their mission includes:   

•    Work within the “Collective Impact” Framework grounded in a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, with SUS acting as the backbone support organization      

•    Focus on ‘Systems Change’, engaging all sectors and levels of the community including local government, businesses, schools, non-profits, healthcare, grass-roots organizations, and individuals, to create policy change 

•    Address the Social Determinants of Health, focusing on engaging at risk populations, including but not limited to: ethnic minorities, immigrants, low-income residents, and non-English speakers

•    Increase Access to Healthy Food: Food Rescue System, Affordable Farmers’ Markets, School Gardens/Farm to School, Healthy Restaurant Campaign, School Food Service Improvements, Urban Agriculture Connections, Worksite Wellness

•    Increase Access to Physical Activity opportunities: Extension of the Community Path, Green Line Subway Extension, Structured Physical Activity throughout the School Day, Walkable and Bikeable Streets and Neighborhoods, Worksite Wellness

Boston’s Office of Food Initiatives

This office was established in 2010 to engage the Boston Food Council, partners, and City departments to address directives set forward by Mayor Menino.  This group is responsible for the food trucks and farmers’ markets that have appeared around Boston over the past few years.   According to their web site, their initiatives are to:

  1. Increase access to healthy and affordable food in schools, farmers markets, and stores, educate the public about healthy choices, and promote food benefits to reduce hunger and obesity;
  2. Expand Boston’s capacity to produce, distribute and consume local food through urban agriculture and distribution models to supply schools and local businesses;
  3. Build a strong local food economy through financing and supporting local food retail and distribution businesses; and
  4. Expand private and public partnerships to advance the food agenda.

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