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What happens in KronosWorks shouldn’t stay in KronosWorks…

November 6, 2012

They don’t call it Sin City for nothing. On an October trip, I ventured out to the strip at oh six hundred for some exercise since the fitness center at the Mirage was packed with conscious East coasters. The sun had partially risen, but not all the zombies were down. One slept-in-suited man younger than me staggered along the pressed concrete fronting the Bellagio fountains. Two working girls wobbled on high heels while trying to tug down the advertising of their spandex dresses. A city worker blasted the grime and “escort cards” littering the sidewalks with a power-washer. It was depressing, but a learning experience. It’s all part of a trip to Las Vegas, and over 1,500 of our customers will be taking one beginning this weekend at KronosWorks.

It’s always rewarding to experience so many of our customers taking the time to attend our show. It says something. Speaking for myself, it’s actually easier to justify the expense than the time away from the office for a conference. Chief Learning Officer magazine describes this in the context of training in a recent article, Opportunity Costs: The Forgotten Training Cost. Simply put, opportunity cost is the productivity you lose while you attend a conference or a training event.

In light of the very real opportunity cost added to the T&E associated with attending a conference, it’s vital you maximize the benefits of attending. Here are a few tips for our KronosWorks attendees:

  1. Plan your agenda – Planning in advance what sessions you want to attend will help you get more value out of the conference.
  2. Use social networking to help connect with peers – Twitter hashtag #KronosWorks12 will help connect you with like-minded professionals you can then meet old school… face to face!
  3. Network – The Aria will be crawling with people passionate about workforce management. Attending networking events will help you connect with other people in similar industries solving similar challenges.
  4. Consider Education Workshops – these 90-minute hands-on computer workshops are taught by our certified instructors, and at only $50, they’re a training bargain to elevate your technology proficiency and sharpen your skills.
  5. Get credits – You may be eligible for American Payroll Association (APA) and National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
  6. Come find me in the Expo! – There’s so much to see and learn in the Expo, from industry solutions, to Kronos services, to the cloud, to many Kronos partners. I’ll be floating around the Services area and will have my 15 minutes in the theater Monday from 4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. presenting the controversial docudrama, “The Cloud — Why So Serious?”

I hope to see you there!

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