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Chemistry, the Red Sox, and the Workforce (and the cloud)

October 4, 2013

Aron TweetChemistry is often elusive. Not Walter White’s Bromine Barium chemistry, but “human chemistry” that exists between people in relationships, on teams, and in the workplace. In relationships, there’s either “chemistry,” or there isn’t. You can’t manufacture that in a boiling flask. Team chemistry is a little more complicated, and it’s debatable whether it even exists. Today the Boston Red Sox take their league best record  into October baseball. Last year, the team had one of the worst records in the league. Why the turnaround? Well, some give credence to the chemistry thing, involving beards and belly bumps, while others point to new manager John Farrell, his influence on the pitching staff, the relative health of the team, and simple execution on the field.

Chemistry talk about the Red Sox is fun. Hell, everything is fun when you’re winning. It’s a bit of a chicken and egg phenomena, but I think chemistry can deliver improved performance (or does winning just make everyone feel the love?), and a lack of it can be a drag on results. For example, are you productive when you work with people you don’t like? Is work productivity higher when people get along? In the workplace, “chemistry” is measured by things like employee engagement. At Kronos, we take the pulse of employee sentiment at least annually with a global survey, and our results are usually in the “best-in-class” range. We’re recognized as a “best place to work…” Our website says:

What makes work at Kronos different than other cloud-centric technology organizations?
We understand that truly innovative ideas come from an inspired workforce.

Thank you marketing writer who wrote, “cloud-centric“, thus providing me the opportunity to link to our cloud stuff… That’s chemistry.

So anyway, if you’re looking for a new place to work with chemistry that drives performance, or performance that drives chemistry, check out either of these equations:

Kronos Chemistry = Performance(Growth + Jobs) or Performance(Growth Jobs) = Kronos Chemistry

Oh, And as you can see, we’re not all Sox fans…

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