When you break it down to its essentials, Kronos is a set of workforce management applications that help companies manage and engage their workforces from pre-hire to retire. Kronos offers three different software solutions for their customers: Kronos Essentials, Kronos iSeries Central, and Workforce Central. The first two are designed for small businesses who want best-of-breed workforce management functionality, while Workforce Central is for mid-to-large enterprise organizations who need a broad set of human resources (HR) and payroll capabilities.

Workforce Central Suite is Kronos’ primary offering, so we’ll dive deeper into that solution in this article.

About Kronos Workforce Central

Kronos Workforce Central is designed to make the workforce management process simpler and more informative.  By understanding when your people are working and what they’re spending their time on, you gain information that saves time and labor costs, boosting your bottom line. As Kronos CEO Aron Ain once said, “Great businesses are powered by great people.”

The Workforce Central suite includes applications for payroll, time and attendance, absence management, scheduling, and more. Not only are these tools available on-prem, but they can also be managed on a cloud platform that provides scalability, security, and mobility—allowing organizations to do business when and where they choose.  

Because Kronos is not a complete enterprise resource planning (ERP) or human capital management (HCM) system, companies typically use it to handle their payroll, attendance/leave policies, and productivity measuring needs while relying on other solutions (like SAP, Workday, or JD Edwards) for everything else.

Benefits of Kronos Workforce Central

A robust, automated solution, Kronos developed Workforce Central with the needs of industries like education, energy, financial, government, healthcare, hospitality, logistics, manufacturing, and retail in mind. 

Some of the benefits of Workforce Central include: 

  • Easy access to real-time information and self-service apps for employees through their desktop or mobile device
  • Flexible scheduling tools for managers to quickly build schedules that align with skills and demand
  • Timekeeping functionalities that enable accurate and consistent pay policies and enforcement
  • Capabilities for reporting and analytics to gain better insights 

Key Features of Kronos Workforce Central 

Kronos Workforce Central is an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that can save organizations time and effort. On the employee side, the user interface includes one-click access to frequently used features as well as a customizable employee self-service portal, while on the manager side, supervisors have great visibility into standardized data via alerts and dashboards. Other key features of the solution include: 

Time and Labor Management 

The automated time-tracking and centralized policy management help organizations become audit-ready. Managers can also set up real-time alerts to take actions to help them avoid costly overtime. Plus, HR and Payroll Answerforce enables easy access to state and federal compliance information. 

Absence Management 

This feature allows you to identify workers with attendance issues to help improve workforce productivity or to flag action items, such as potential Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) cases, time-off requests, and policy violations. There’s also automated document generation for FMLA-related medical certification forms and disciplinary action letter templates. 


Avoid over- or understaffing with forecasts based on historical and current trends. Gain better visibility to identify over- or under-covered departments, locations, or units. And don’t forget that the mobile feature also allows you to request staff in real-time. 

Data Collection

Reduce data entry errors and enforce pay and attendance policies at time of punch while also giving employees self-service access to scheduled hours and time-off balances. Plus, a backup battery protects employee information against power outages, giving you peace of mind.

Interested in Learning More About Kronos?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed about all of the workforce management solutions available on the market, you’re not alone. Our experienced, senior-level Kronos consultants work with organizations every day to help them develop a digital transformation strategy that best fits their organization’s needs. Not only can our dedicated Kronos consultants assist with your journey from implementation to optimization, but we can also consult with you on the right ERP or HCM solutions to integrate with Kronos. 

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