Kronos unveiled earlier this week a new cloud-based workforce management tool, called Workforce Dimensions, to help employers keep better track of employee schedules and leave requests.

The new tool lets managers and their staffs handle time-off requests, time-card approvals and shift-swaps with just a click, according to the company, and it also includes a self-scheduling feature that allows employees to request where and when they want to work. Behind the self-scheduling feature is an optimization engine that can produce work calendars that take into account others’ schedules and employees’ work-life balance needs.

For managers, Dimensions uses machine-learning algorithms to automate routine scheduling tasks and to create work schedules. Managers also can personalize Dimensions’ dashboard to display the employee tasks they’re most interested in seeing. The tool includes pre-configured key performance indicators to give managers labor insights, allowing them to better allocate their workforces, according to the company. Dimensions can be integrated with Kronos’ HCM platform.

Dimensions was designed for mobile devices and has a fully responsive design. It has an open API, is built on Kronos’ D5 cloud platform and integrates with the company’s HCM suite, Workforce Central, as well as other human capital management systems. Dimensions also integrates with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams and Google Calendar.

“An open API ensures Workforce Dimensions is extensible and configurable, and will benefit from future innovations, while a mobile-first design will empower everyone to truly work anywhere, from anytime, on any device,” says Mark Smith, CEO and chief research officer of research and advisory services company Ventana Research.

Kronos declined to share the cost of Workforce Dimensions but said the pricing is per employee per month, depending on the module.

Early adopters of the platform include retailer Brookstone and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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