Northwestern U Puts Kronos Workforce Central To Work

Northwestern University has selected the Workforce Central suite from Kronos to manage employee hours and costs. Like many universities, the school has a complex workforce that includes a large number of student employees working at its campuses in Chicago and Evanston, IL. The software will also track absenteeism for the university's 10,000-plus employees, including absences that qualify under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

"Because we have a diverse employee population, including students who often work two or more jobs on campus, we needed a solution that could track multiple jobs, which report to different supervisors," said Kathy Tessendorf, director of HR information. "By automating manual processes through Kronos, we will minimize errors in important human resources functions, and free resources to focus on making Northwestern a great place for learning and research."

With the new suite, student employees who hold multiple jobs with disparate wages, work rules, labor accounts and supervisors will be able to enter their time with minimal effort on one card. The software helps managers and supervisors approve only the time that was worked for their department.

The application is in use at 250 higher education institutions, according to a company statement.

Northwestern U has about 15,000 full-time students at its two campuses.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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