CASE STUDY

United Safety

How Avanti helped United Safety save over $250,000 in Payroll related costs

How Avanti helped United Safety manage their payroll more effectively and save over $250,000 annually
Daryl Helmer

“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.”

Daryl Helmer

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
730 Employees
Challenge

Solution

Result

THE challEnge:

A cumbersome and time-consuming payroll process with ADP

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.

“Our payroll was really painful to do… It was very cumbersome. There were a lot of mistakes happening, and it took too long to process. We had people who quit almost every other day, and we weren’t able to react to that in time for payroll.”

THE sOLUTION:

All-in-one people and payroll management software

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.

“Avanti helped us change our payroll for the casual workforce from the semi-monthly to a weekly payroll, which reduced the amount of salary advances we needed, so we saved on that. Our error rates went way down. The employees were happier, which created retention. And retention is hard in our industry.”

THE result:

Savings of over $250,000 each year

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.

“Avanti is a true business partner. I could say, without a doubt, that our competitors are not handling as much of a workforce, and not as effectively.”

How Avanti helped United Safety save over $250,000 in Payroll related costs

How Avanti helped United Safety save over $250,000 in Payroll related costs

See case study
What our clients are saying:
Daryl Helmer
Daryl Helmer

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

United Safety

How Avanti helped Servus Credit union scale their payroll operations over 12 years and become 40% more efficient

How Avanti helped Servus Credit union scale their payroll operations over 12 years and become 40% more efficient

See case study
What our clients are saying:
Carolyn Lesyshen
Carolyn Lesyshen

CPM, PAYROLL SUPERVISOR

Servus Credit union

A More Hospitable Experience for Payroll and Employees

A More Hospitable Experience for Payroll and Employees

See case study
What our clients are saying:
Eresha Fernando
Eresha Fernando

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Sawridge Group of Companies

How Avanti Helped Glacier Media Save Over $150,000 a Year with Better Payroll Software and Reporting

How Avanti Helped Glacier Media Save Over $150,000 a Year with Better Payroll Software and Reporting

See case study
What our clients are saying:
Sherri Kisser
Sherri Kisser

MANAGER, FINANCE & ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS

Glacier Media Group

How this Convention Centre Uses Avanti to Reduce Costs and Double their Payroll Efficiency

How this Convention Centre Uses Avanti to Reduce Costs and Double their Payroll Efficiency

See case study
What our clients are saying:
Carol Emms
Carol Emms

Convention Centre, Winnipeg

How Avanti helped Pfaff keep payroll accurate & efficient even as they quadrupled in size

How Avanti helped Pfaff keep payroll accurate & efficient even as they quadrupled in size

See case study
What our clients are saying:
Athina Tzakas
Athina Tzakas

PAYROLL MANAGER

Pfaff Automotive Partners

Westcorp Decreased Payroll Processing Costs by 45% With Avanti

Westcorp Decreased Payroll Processing Costs by 45% With Avanti

See case study
What our clients are saying:
Jonathan Lee
Jonathan Lee

CORPORATE CONTROLLER

Westcorp

How to rock your way to better payroll

How to rock your way to better payroll

See case study
What our clients are saying:
Candace McGee
Candace McGee

Manager, Payroll & Benefits

Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts