WorkInspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work

WorkInspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work

by Aron Ain


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Axiom Business Book Award Silver Medalist in Leadership • Soundview Best Business Book

A “Highest Rated CEO” who has transformed his organization into a billion-dollar company and a “Top Place to Work” shows leaders how truly prioritizing employees isn’t just good for employees―it’s good for business.

Imagine a company where everyone loves to work, where employees feel not just “satisfied” but truly cared for, respected, and energized. Think of the impact this would have on recruitment, retention, customer satisfaction, innovation, and overall performance. Aron Ain, the award-winning CEO of Kronos, a global provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions, believes that anything is possible when people are inspired. By embracing employee development and engagement as a growth strategy, Ain transformed his company’s culture and built a billion-dollar business. This book takes leaders and managers inside Kronos’s highly admired WorkInspired culture, showing them the surprisingly simple rules they can follow to replicate that success.

This inspiring guide reveals the best practices that have earned Kronos distinctions on coveted lists, such as Glassdoor’s 100 Best Places to Work, Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, Forbes’s America’s Best Employers, and the Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work. These best practices include:

•overcommunicating and truth-telling
•trusting your people (again and again) and keeping them safe
•holding managers accountable for being great at what they do
•allowing employees flexible schedules and open vacation time
•challenging your people to put the company out of business with innovative products
•welcoming back boomerang employees
•empowering the next generation workforce

Many executives talk about how “their people are their greatest asset.” Ain challenges leaders to “walk the talk” and put people first, whether they oversee a team of five or an organization of 500,000. When they do, employees won’t be the only ones who thank them. Customers and shareholders will, too.

This is what it means to WorkInspired.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781260136173
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 10/04/2018
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Aron Ain is the CEO of Kronos, a global provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions, which are used by more than 40 million people every day within more than 35,000 organizations in more than 100 countries. Ain has spent his entire career at Kronos, playing a role in nearly every functional department. He has received a significant amount of recognition for his leadership. He is a multiyear recipient of Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEO honor, and has earned Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Mass Technology Leadership Council’s CEO of the Year award, and the inaugural Ray Stata Leadership and Innovation award by the Massachusetts High Technology Council. During his tenure as CEO, Kronos has been recognized for its innovative product offerings, and has been named a “Top Place to Work” in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, and China. Ain speaks often on engagement and people strategy, as well as on entrepreneurship and leading global organizations.


Table of Contents

Author's Note


Chapter 1: Become an Un-Leader

Chapter 2: Overcommunicate

Chapter 3: Trust Them (Again and Again)

Chapter 4: Hold Managers Accountable

Chapter 5: Get Serious About Strategy

Chapter 6: Have Fun

Chapter 7: Astonish Them with Kindness

Chapter 8: Keep Your People Safe

Chapter 9: Give Employees Their Time Back

Chapter 10: Welcome "Boomerang" Employees

Chapter 11: Celebrate to Motivate

Chapter 12: Respect Everyone's Culture

Chapter 13: Put Yourself Out of Business

Chapter 14: Empower the Next Generation



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