Lost in the Louvre, Now What?

My husband caught the travel bug during our 2016 adventure to Hong Kong. Otherwise, he would never have agreed to a trip to Paris!

Paris 2018

Forget all about the stories you’ve heard about the French. Snobby, rude, dislike of Americans – all hearsay! What we found was just the opposite. The people were warm friendly and welcoming. We had a full 10 days planned.

Doing all the things you’d expect. Dinner at the Eiffel Tower, touring the tower at night and day, an evening river cruise with a romantic dinner on the Seine, dinner, and show at The Moulin Rouge, a walking tour of Montmartre and Sacre Couer Basilica, a day trip out to the Palace of Versailles, lunch, and shopping on The Avenue des Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral (before the fire), a motor car tour of Paris in a vintage Citroën 2CV Deax Chaveau, outdoor dining at bistros w/heaters, and a small guided tour of The Louvre.

The Louvre. No visit to Paris would be complete without a visit to the world’s most famous art museum. Neither Jim nor I were art enthusiasts, but I’ll admit, we were awe-struck by the enormity and beauty of The Louvre.

We booked a small guided tour of about 10-12 people. All of us were assigned iPads and headphones so we could follow along with our guide as we proceeded through the exhibits. We saw the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo (Aphrodite); Winged Victory, etc over 10,000 years of history!

It was shortly after we proceeded down a flight of stairs from one exhibit hall to another that it happened. I lost Jim! He was right behind me, or so I thought, and then he disappeared! I looked around, tried to retrace my steps, thinking we’d run into each other. No luck. The Louvre has over 31,000 visitors /day on an average day. On busy days, over 40,000! Panic started to sink in.

Now what? I was fairly certain we wouldn‘t have cell service in the cavernous halls of The Louvre, so I did the next best thing, I contacted our guide and she was able to speak to Jim through the iPad. Leave it to technology to save the day! Turns out he was so involved in what he was viewing, he didn’t notice that our tour had moved on. Our guide was able to walk him down the staircase and around the corner to where we were. A tough call, since there were multiple choices at the end of each staircase and a staircase at each end of the hall.

Connecting to New Hire Onboarding

This reminds me of how technology helps our clients on a daily basis by taking the confusion out of HR and giving them a clear path to run on for their employees.

Let’s take New Hire Onboarding as an example. There are the typical forms to complete, I-9, W4, non-compete agreement, non-disclosure agreement, benefit enrollment forms, direct deposit etc.

With our New Hire Onboarding module, as soon as your new employee accepts your offer of employment, our HCM software works behind the scenes to handle many of these tasks for you, automatically.

Once your offer is accepted, your customized New Hire checklist gets emailed to your new employee showing them a list of documents and tasks awaiting completion. Progress- to completion is shown at each step along the way. Managers can see at-a-glance where new hires are in the process.

Not only does this engage your new hire right from the start. It helps build employee engagement along the way and validates to the employee he/she made the right choice in accepting your offer! What better way to introduce them to your company culture and ensure employee retention!

Much like our guide did during our tour of The Louvre, the technology our HCM system provides gives New Hires the direction and assistance they need and steers them down the correct pathway before their first day on the job.

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Barb Schnoll is a Subject Matter Consultant in Payroll, Time Labor Management, HR, and HCM systems. Her prior history also includes many years of business-to-business consulting, sales, implementation, and training in technology. She has seen payroll evolve from writing checks, paying taxes, and producing W2s to a full-fledged, cloud-based HCM system offering mobile access from smartphones to employees and new hires.

In her spare time, she loves traveling, motorcycling, and new this summer, discovering the endless trails of UTVs.

She has represented The Benefit Companies for 20 years.

Connect & Simplify™ partners with UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) to offer best-in-class Payroll Software, Kronos Time Clocks, HR, and HCM solutions.

Call Barb at 262-207-1999 ext. 217 and visit