Building a Modern HR Function from the Ground Up
Starting from scratch with a new platform from Paylocity enabled Crafton Tull to rebuild HR on firmer foundations.
Simple, Automated HR
Crafton Tull decided to make a fresh start with a new platform, and chose Paylocity. “Paylocity seemed very user-friendly, which is what we needed at that moment,” says Courtney. “If you know how HR works and you know what you want to do, Paylocity makes it simple.”
One of the first steps was using Paylocity’s Benefits Administration and Integrations to exchange data automatically with the firm’s benefits providers. This instantly eliminated hours of manual data entry work for HR, as well as reducing errors to almost zero. Introducing Employee Self Service has also streamlined open enrollment and puts employees in control of their own HR records.
“We used to have phishing incidents where someone would impersonate an employee and ask the HR team to change their direct deposit details,” says Courtney. “Now we ask employees to log into Paylocity and make those changes themselves, which is much more secure.”
Gaining Insight into Market Pay
Paylocity’s Insights & Recommendations module has also dramatically improved the firm’s insight into its HR data. “We have a lot of faith in the data in the platform,” says Courtney. “And we really like the dynamic reporting. I can start with a template, adjust the columns, and very quickly get the information I’m looking for.”
Market Pay, which provides real-time access to data on average compensation for relevant job roles in the firm’s industry and region, is another key feature. “Paylocity’s Market Pay helps us make more informed decisions about what we’re paying our employees and supports data-driven decisions around compensation,” says Courtney. “This saves us time when we’re working to keep pay competitive for various jobs — and of course helps us retain our best talent.”
Streamlined Recruiting and Onboarding
Once Crafton Tull has decided on the right level of compensation, Paylocity streamlines the entire Recruiting and Onboarding experience. Courtney’s team can post a new job ad in five minutes and use Paylocity to send offers to good candidates by email and SMS. If the candidate accepts, they receive all onboarding documents up front, so they don’t spend their first day in their new job doing paperwork. Crafton Tull also uses Paylocity’s Learning module to create custom trainings and push them out to new hires as part of onboarding.
High-Functioning HR that Plays a Strategic Role
With a platform that simplifies and automates core HR processes, Crafton Tull’s HR team can focus on helping employees and supporting executive decision-makers.
HR that Works for Employees
With Paylocity, Crafton Tull now has a platform that makes life easier for employees and the HR team alike. Courtney gives an example: “When we started using Paylocity for open enrollment, our employees just breezed through it. So as an HR team, we're not worrying about whether they know where to go or which buttons to click. We can focus on talking through the benefits they elected and the programs that we're offering.”
Saving Time and Money
The firm has seen significant efficiency gains, too. Previously, running payroll was a full-time job for one employee. Now, with Paylocity, it takes about an hour to check the figures, and three minutes to actually run the payroll. “We've reduced our workload, but what’s more important is that we're a lot more efficient and high-functioning as a team,” says Courtney.
Transforming the Role of HR
By automating processes and eliminating data entry, the platform not only saves the company time and money — it also changes the role of HR. “We used to be a completely transactional department and now we’re not transactional at all,” says Courtney. “With Paylocity, we've come into more of a strategic partnership. I spend every Monday morning with my CEO talking about what's happening in the industry and how we can continue to compete for the best talent.”
She concludes: “I always say an HR department is doing a good job if nobody is really worrying about HR. And with Paylocity, we have a platform that our employees believe in. They trust us. And that has been a huge change from where I started.”