Workforce Institute Appoints Board of Advisors; Unveils Focus Areas for Inaugural Year: Independent think tank to explore critical workforce issues

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The Workforce Institute, a think tank dedicated to discovering and advancing best practices in managing the workforce, today announced the appointment of its board of advisors and unveiled its strategic focus areas for the coming year. Comprised of six respected thought leaders from academia and the corporate world, the board will share knowledge and work together to empower organizations around the globe to identify and address workforce management issues that affect productivity and organizational performance.

Our goal is to elevate workforce management issues and best practices to the forefront of discussion among employees and employers

    Joyce Maroney, managing director of the Workforce Institute, has been appointed chairperson of the board. Maroney's newly appointed fellow board members include:

-- Jared Bernstein, director, Living Standards Program, Economic Policy Institute;

-- Ruth Bramson, former executive vice president, human resources, National Grid;

-- Jeff Hunter, senior director, HR business solutions, Electronic Arts, Inc.;

-- Russell Klosk, management consultant, IBM Global Business Services Human Capital Management Consulting practice

-- Tim Lett, founder and managing partner, Axsium Group; and

-- Debbie McGrath, founder and chief instigator, HR.com.

"Our goal is to elevate workforce management issues and best practices to the forefront of discussion among employees and employers," said Maroney. "As the first think tank dedicated to the entire workforce -- both hourly and salaried employees -- the Workforce Institute is poised to break down barriers with new research and educational initiatives that open the dialogue across organizations worldwide."

During the Institute's inaugural year, the organization will focus on several timely issues: work/life balance; social responsibility; the application of social networking in workforce management; and innovations in hourly workforce management. In each focus area, the group will explore different approaches from around the world and conduct new research to identify best practices and leading-edge technologies.

These topics and others suggested by readers will be featured on the Workforce Institute's blog, a forum for the exchange of views and ideas on workforce related issues. Maroney and the members of the board of advisors will contribute to this blog and engage in discussion with one another and with readers interested in joining the conversation.

About the Workforce Institute

The Workforce Institute was founded by Kronos(R) Incorporated in 2006 as a think tank to provide research and education on critical workplace issues facing organizations around the globe. By bringing together thought leaders, the Workforce Institute is uniquely positioned to empower organizations with the knowledge and information they need to manage their workforce effectively and provide a voice for employees on important workplace issues. A hallmark of the Workforce Institute's research is balancing the needs and desires of diverse employee populations with the needs of organizations. For additional information, visit http://www.workforceinstitute.org.

(C)2007 Kronos Incorporated. Kronos and the Kronos logo are registered trademarks of Kronos Incorporated or a related company. All other product and company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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