In 2009, United Safety had a change in ownership. The new shareholders of the company wanted to grow the business globally, and were looking for ways to make the organization more efficient.
Daryl Helmer, the Chief Financial Officer, saw this as the perfect opportunity to modernize the company’s payroll process.
The problem? They were using ADP WorkforceNow, which was very cumbersome for Daryl’s team. They had to enter all the payroll information manually, and there were a lot of errors happening that were out of Payroll’s control.
Plus, because United Safety’s payroll was processed semi-monthly instead of weekly, they were spending around $10,000-$20,000 a week in salary advances. Their payroll system couldn’t keep up with the high turnover rate of their casual workforce, and there was no guarantee they would ever get that money back.
Something had to change.
Daryl decided to go with Avanti because of how configurable their Payroll and HR software was. He liked that Avanti would adapt to their business needs, rather than force them to run things in a certain way.
With help from the Avanti team, Daryl got the new payroll up and running, and he was immediately able to see the results.
What used to be a long, complicated process had become easy and automated. Avanti also helped United Safety change their payroll from semi-monthly to weekly, which helped reduce how many salary advances they needed to pay out.
Not only that, but their error rates went way down, which helped make employees happier, and boosted retention rates.
Daryl was so pleased with the results that he started leveraging the software in other areas of the business. Now, United Safety uses Avanti to handle their casual workforce, full-time workforce, HR, recruitment, and training.
Daryl says it’s a huge, important part of their business.
Since being implemented, Avanti has helped save United Safety time and money. According to Daryl, their HR department is easily 70% more efficient now than they were before.
It’s gotten to the point where they have just one person effectively managing the payroll of over 700 employees. Daryl says that would not have been possible without Avanti.
Without the software, Daryl says they would have had to hire an additional eight to ten data entry people to keep up with the payroll. That would have easily cost them at least $250,000 each year.
Now, whenever Daryl starts a partnership with a new software company, he uses United Safety’s relationship with Avanti – and the results they’ve seen together – as the model for how it should look.
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.”
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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.”