Ep 109. Aron Ain: Inspired Work - Work and Life with Stew Friedman

Aron Ain is Chairman and CEO of Kronos, named by Fortune and Great Place to Work as one of the 20 best places to work in technology for the second year in a row, and author of Work Inspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work. Since becoming CEO in 2005, Aron and his team have focused on employee engagement as a growth strategy and have seen worldwide employee engagement scores go up dramatically and revenue nearly triple. With more than 35,000 organizations using Kronos solutions in 100+ countries, Kronos is a leading global provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions. Aron was the inaugural recipient of the “Ray Stata Leadership and Innovation Award” from the Massachusetts High Technology Council, and was recognized as “CEO of the Year” by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, and as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young. He has been profiled by The New York Times about “The Incalculable Value of a Good Boss” and was featured in Harvard Business Review and the HBR IdeaCast. In this episode Stew and Aron talk about Kronos’ vacation policy; what works, why it works, and what obstacles need to be overcome to implement a new policy effectively. They discuss the importance, and the ripple effects, of trusting employees and how trust frees up time to take care of the things that are most important -- both at work and outside of work. Aron talks about how doing right by his employees creates a kind, thoughtful, and supportive environment that has the benefit of engendering loyalty, engagement, and productive employees.  It helps Kronos compete effectively in the labor market and gives the company an advantage in developing strong relationships with vendors and customers, too.
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