Konica Minolta and Kronos Announce Strategic Alliance

Ramsey, NJ, (September 23, 2020) Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), today announced a strategic alliance with Kronos Incorporated (Kronos) to support safer return to work initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations that jointly deploy Konica Minolta’s intelligent security solutions and Workforce Dimensions from Kronos will benefit from streamlined and automated reporting and record keeping associated with COVID-19 access control and contact tracing protocols.

As employees increasingly set high expectations for workplace safety, Konica Minolta and Kronos’ partnership will support mutual customers with essential operations that must remain open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic or those with essential employees who must be present at a physical workplace to perform their duties and responsibilities.

“It’s easy for organizations to say that employee safety and wellbeing is a top priority, but it’s much harder to live up to that promise on an everyday basis without advanced technology and integrated workstreams,” said Sam Errigo, Executive Vice President, Sales and Business Development. “By leveraging intelligent solutions to observe and automate these vital processes, employees can have a higher degree of confidence every day they are in the workplace.”

This technology collaboration will initially be available in the U.S. and Canada, where more and more states and provinces are executing reopening strategies. Konica Minolta and Kronos will aid organizations with return to work procedures that align with recommended health guidelines to mitigate exposure risks. This includes routine wellness questionnaires for all employees and visitors and daily temperature checks, which can be completed with Konica Minolta thermal imaging solutions.

Workforce Dimensions will then automate employee case files and record keeping, reducing the administrative burden associated with these important but repetitive manual wellness checks. By ensuring accurate documentation to support access control, contact tracing, or leave management protocols, human resources leaders and people managers can enhance workplace safety while still focusing on employee engagement and productivity.

“COVID-19 is challenging organizational resilience in new and untested ways,” said Mike May, Senior Director, Workforce Dimensions Technology Partner Network, Kronos. “The extensibility of Workforce Dimensions allows Kronos and our technology partners to focus on the rapid development of innovative solution extensions and business-critical integrations in direct response to changing workplace needs.”

The Kronos Marketplace provides a broad range of solution extensions and product integrations that support organizations during COVID-19, including contactless workplace solutions, financial wellness applications, collaboration and shift-fill tools, and learning and leave management. Kronos, which will become UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) on Oct. 1, merged with Ultimate Software on April 1, 2020, to become one of the largest cloud companies in the world focused on human capital management and workforce management.

With a shared focus on the future workplace, Kronos and Konica Minolta will collaborate on additional opportunities to enhance the employee experience, beginning with the extension of this integration to Kronos Workforce Ready and Kronos Workforce Central later in 2020.

To learn more, go to Konica Minolta’s Return to Work solution on the Kronos Marketplace.

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