Kronos Workforce Ready Review

Workforce Ready
Chelmsford, MA
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Workforce Ready At A Glance

Good: Provides hardware as well for time-punching.
Bad: Modules come separate for pricing options, but can't reach their full potential unless integrated.
Bottom Line: Best for companies with hourly employees, providing features that integrate with custom time-clock hardware.

Product Overview

Kronos is a long-standing company that was among the first to provide time keeping solutions.

Kronos Workforce Ready is a human capital management (HCM) solution designed for companies with hourly employees. Kronos offers the complete package for both the software to schedule employee hours as well as the infrastructure for LED time-clock punching.

While Kronos Workforce Ready is one software product offered to small to mid-sized companies looking to organize and expand their workforce, many other strategic analytic solutions are offered by Kronos as well for specific industries and larger sized companies.


The software’s main features combine workforce time keeping with compliance reporting. Kronos Workforce Ready HR and Payroll solutions are the two main categories of its modules.

Workforce HR

Time keeping:

  • Allow self-service time sheets
  • Control overtime costs
  • Manage exceptions with late/early arrivals
  • Abide by compliance and payroll operations

Leave accruals:

  • Manage paid/unpaid leave eligibility
  • Integrate documents for employee case records
  • Use real-time leave management notifications

Core human resources:

Performance management features include

  • Employee records
  • Benefits administration
  • Asset tracking
  • Compensation management

On-boarding features include

  • Applicant tracking
  • Screening and hiring
  • Self-service system enrollment

Workforce Payroll


  • Real-time automated payroll updating
  • Employee self-service for viewing pay statements
  • Precise tax calculations by geographical regulations
  • Integrates with existing general ledger codes

Tax solutions:

  • Integrates with payroll
  • Garnishment processing
  • Tax filing for compliance guidelines
  • Automated distribution of checks

Affordable Care Act (ACA) processing:

  • ACA strategy enforcement
  • ACA status visibility
  • ACA process administration
  • Compliance management for present and future actions


  • Hardware for a digital “punch” time-clock
  • Touch screen
  • Badge technology


  • For Apple, Windows, Android platforms
  • Simple UI

  • Attendance Management?
  • Benefits Administration?
  • Employee Self-Service?
  • Learning Management System?
  • Mobile Access?
  • Payroll Management?
  • Performance Appraisal?
  • Recruiting Management?

Target Market

Kronos Workforce Ready has been implemented across industries including healthcare, state and local governments, education, distribution, retail, financial services, and manufacturing.

The Workforce Ready HR and Payroll solutions serve many sub-divisions of larger enterprise companies, managing small to mid-sized employee pools.

We’ve listed 10 customers below:

  • YMCA
  • Aker
  • Advanced Home Care
  • AdvancePierre Foods
  • Prairie State Generating
  • Aztec Shops
  • LindenGrove
  • Washington County School District
  • Kansas Heart Hospital
  • Wexford Health Services

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Kronos offers the software as a cloud delivery model for full access to updates and time-clock compatibility.

Implementing the software is described in a 6-step process:

  • Planning
  • Assessment
  • Solution Build
  • Test and Train
  • Go Live
  • Transition to Support

The process begins by accounting for expectations of the software, and moves forward by assessing employee data. In order to go live, employee information and payroll history need to be added and structured within the system. Once the right testing has taken place, the software is ready for day-to-day use.

Customer Service & Support

Customer support includes help for both the hardware installed time-clocks, and IT troubleshooting for software. There are multiple ways of getting in touch with support services including:

  • Phone support
  • Kronos Community
  • eCase technical support and education services


Kronos doesn’t publicly release its pricing information. Please contact them directly for a price quote.


As both a benefit and drawback, Kronos Workforce Ready’s modules come separate for pricing options, but can’t reach their full potential unless integrated.


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Kronos’ history started with MIT graduate Mark S. Ain patenting the microprocessor-based time-clock in 1979 — the first of its kind for recording workforce data.

In the mid-1980s Kronos came out with its first time-clock management solution for PC as a counterpart to the company’s time-clock hardware.

Following the company’s North America success, they expanded their customer base internationally into Mexico, Australia, and the UK. There are many Kronos locations worldwide.

Kronos employs over 5,000 employees worldwide, referred to as “Kronites” within the company’s close-knit workforce. The company has received numerous recent recognition, such as Boston Business Journal’s 2016 Best Place to Work, Glassdoor’s 2016 Employees Choice Awards for Highest-Rated CEOs and Ventana Research Global Workforce Management Market Leader.

More than 40 million people use Kronos technology every day.

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