in approximately one year
per year on payroll administration
Glacier Media has grown significantly over the last few years by acquiring other organizations and businesses.
But Sherri Kisser, Manager of Finance & Accounting Systems at Glacier Media, says each new operating entity they acquired came with its own set of payroll issues.
The employees at one entity might have multiple unions, while another might have no union at all. And when it came to employee benefits, Sherri says that they were forced to manage several carriers and plans.
All of these structural differences made it a nightmare for the Payroll team.
Even worse, most of the employee data had to be manually entered into the system via Excel, which opened up the door for a lot of human error.
Sherri reached out to Avanti to see if they could help Glacier Media simplify their payroll and benefits administration, and right off the bat she was impressed.
Not only did the Sales team from Avanti take the time to set up multiple demos for the different stakeholders at Glacier Media, but they also worked hard to understand what unique challenges they were facing.
Working with a dedicated Implementation Specialist to get the most out of Avanti
Sherri worked closely with Dayna Barr, an Implementation Specialist, to find the right tools and solutions within Avanti, and get comfortable using the platform.
Dayna helped configure the software with formulas behind the scenes so it could take into account the differences in their operating entities. She set up automated calculations for their multiple benefit plans, different union rates, and other structural variations.
Once the implementation was complete, Sherri says it became a lot easier and more efficient to manage the employee database, and run the company payroll.
When it comes to results, Sherri is quick to point out that Avanti has saved them money by making their payroll more efficient.
While they used to have seven full-time staff and additional temps working in Payroll during the busy seasons, they now can handle the same workload with two less full-time employees and no temps.
As a result, Glacier Media has saved over $150,000 a year on payroll administration, which is 39% indirect savings. Sherri says this means they were easily able to get a 100% return on investment in approximately one year’s time.
Even better, Avanti automated a lot of the data entry the payroll team used to have to do. Now, instead of manually entering the data by hand, they could spend their time analyzing the numbers coming in from Glacier Media’s different operating entities.
Using this data, Sherri says they were able to pull together the data required to go to market and request quotes on a consolidated benefit plan.
The result has been a combined savings of at least 20% for both the employees and the employer.
Sherri says that all of these new efficiencies and cost savings have set a very high bar for future projects at Glacier Media.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
“Effectively, we now have one person managing the weekly payroll of over 700 employees. We would not have been able to do that without Avanti. We would’ve had to hire an additional eight to ten data entry people, so that’s saving us at least $250,000 in annual salaries.”
CPM, PAYROLL SUPERVISOR
Servus Credit union
“I’ve used a lot of Canadian Payroll systems. By far, Avanti has the best features and the most flexibility.”
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Sawridge Group of Companies
“With Avanti, we've saved approximately $25K in fees and $60K in payroll dollars, annually.”
MANAGER, FINANCE & ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS
Glacier Media Group
“Because Avanti is so efficient at processing payroll, our payroll administrators don’t have to do a whole bunch of data entry anymore. They’re actually able to run the payroll and do some analysis… instead of just running to get it out the door.”
Convention Centre, Winnipeg
“It takes much less time now in Avanti than it did in the previous system. I’m not having to enter the data twice anymore or double-check the reports that are coming in from the managers. It cuts the time it takes to do our payroll by half.”
Pfaff Automotive Partners
“We were looking at massive growth, and we knew we needed something that would carry us there. With Avanti’s functionality, no matter how large we grow, the system can sustain it.”
“Avanti has proven to be a cost-effective, labour-reducing, and time-saving solution for everyone from the accounting team to individual property managers and employees.”
Manager, Payroll & Benefits
Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts
“I’ve used a lot of Canadian Payroll systems. By far, Avanti has the best features and the most flexibility. The fact that they upgrade the system based on recommendations from their clients…it’s incredible Other Payroll software companies just don’t do that.”