Less Bureaucracy, More Democracy
Paylocity is helping St. Cloud not only cut paperwork, but also empower its employees with tools for communication and collaboration.
One Hub for Learning and Training
Paylocity’s Learning platform gave Donald the ability to merge all of St. Cloud’s training programs into one hub. “With Paylocity, I can track attendance easily and share data with the department directors regularly so they can see their employees’ progress,” he explains. “And when they request new trainings, I have one consistent system—so I can build a course once, and all departments can benefit.”
Light-Touch Time Collection and Scheduling
For the aquatics department, Time Collection in Paylocity has virtually eliminated the problem of missed punches, while Scheduling is making it easier to ensure that every shift is fully staffed. “The supervisor on our aquatics team is a big fan,” says Donald. “Her workforce tends to be a younger demographic, and they love the fact that they can clock in and out with their phones using the Paylocity Mobile App.”
A Community that Grows Organically
Within a month of switching to Paylocity, St. Cloud employees started using Paylocity’s Community platform to communicate and build relationships. Donald comments: “Community is bringing people together across departments. It’s great for diversity and creating space for people to connect.”
Paylocity’s Employee Self-Service portal also provides a single hub for employees to access information and tools. “As soon as you log in, you have links to everything you might need,” says Donald. “That’s so much easier than having 400 different bookmarks in your web browser!”
A City Government that Puts People First
Paylocity brings HR at the City of St. Cloud into the modern world, unlocking huge time savings for the HR team, departmental managers, and employees alike.
A Revolution in HR Efficiency
Now that they’ve experienced Paylocity, St. Cloud’s HR team can’t imagine life without it. Donald reflects: “Paylocity has revolutionized the way I work. I’m creating way more trainings now than I was two years ago. I’m currently working on five projects at once; before, I only had bandwidth for one thing at a time.”
Saving 1,500 Hours Across All Departments
The benefits extend beyond the HR team too, because centralizing HR functions has taken a huge burden off departmental managers. “Departments aren’t planning trainings on their own anymore,” says Donald. “They can just ask, and I can implement the whole thing through Paylocity. We’ve completely taken that responsibility off everyone’s shoulders, and it’s saving hundreds of hours for them.”
Building a Collaborative Culture
Employees are enthusiastic about Paylocity too, and there’s already evidence that a more collaborative culture is growing organically across the organization. “After just the first month, I saw a huge uptick in the likes and comments and reactions to work anniversaries posted in Community,” says Donald. “People are building relationships across departments, discovering common interests, and sharing ideas much more than they ever did before.”
A Platform for the Future
City leaders see Paylocity as a platform for the future. “Paylocity gives us more options for how we evolve our HR services,” Donald concludes. “For example, say we wanted to modernize our performance management. We could go live with that in Paylocity in a matter of weeks—versus months or years if we had to implement a whole new system.” As a city government with limited resources, that ease, speed, and cost-efficiency of deployment is priceless.