By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer
For students of West Liberty University, a recent change has occurred this academic year concerning those who participate in campus based work studies. Last semester the state of West Virginia integrated a new state wide time and leave system called Kronos. It is an online pay and leave system for students to punch in there hours and receive pay for.
Like many things online, however, there have been some problems. You make an account, sign in here and type in the hours you work, and approve them. The computer does all the work for computing how much pay you should receive based on your own EPICS number. Sherri Mason, the Financial Reporting Manager of the school, is in charge of the payroll and wanted to address some concerns people might having.
“Kronos is everywhere in the state, and I promise we are not the only ones having problems.” Mason said. “Prior to having it, over 176 companies including higher education had their own financial system.”
“So in the effort for everyone to be on the same system, and to integrate the state finance system called Oasis, it became a state wide policy for us to use Kronos,” Mason said.
For those used to the paper time sheet system, have no fear. We will still be using it for a while according to Mason.
“Right now the state legislation has to pass Wave 2 of the policy, which is when all agencies will use Kronos and not the paper system,” Mason said. “Wave 1 went live in May 2015, and was approved by the governor’s office, the auditors, the treasurer, and the Enterprise Readiness Board. However, due to lawsuits there has been a hold put on Wave 2 for an indefinite period of time.”
“To the students and other members of the campus using campus I just want you to know that we feel your frustration,” Mason said.
“Many of the problems of Kronos is that it is not compatible with Google Chrome or the newest update of Explorer, which is what many students use. We have told the Kronos team about this, and they are working as well as they can to get Kronos compatible for everyone,” Mason said.
As the interview wrapped up, Mason had one more thing to add. “I try to be as positive as I can. I think this will be a big plus,” Mason said. “Because with the Kronos system you’ll get a check every other Friday. But now the way it is in February you’ll get a paycheck Friday the 12th but won’t get another until the 29th. So three weekends without pay. With Kronos the pay is so much more immediate.”
So, the people behind integrating Kronos into the school are doing the best they can, so with a little time and patience the system will begin to run much more smoothly and will be very convenient to those who use it. If anyone has any questions send them here.