Paylocity Levels Up Entire Organization
Alaska Mill and Feed sought an agile, people management solution, flexible enough to meet the needs of its employees, regardless of department.
Documentation Becomes Automated and Accessible
With Paylocity, Alaska Mill and Feed has the digital checks and balances to verify documentation and ensure critical communication—worker’s comp injury claims, OSHA verification, etc.—is entered quickly and efficiently. And that matters when it comes to compliance. Chimena explains, “Now it's all a detailed journal we share with the management team. It's so much easier because you can just print it out and tell the attorney, ‘Here's all the documentation.’”
Community Revolutionizes Company Communication
Switching to Paylocity meant integrating the platform’s social collaboration hub, Community, into day-to-day operations. What used to be a limited email or physical flyer is now a digital, accessible touchpoint for every employee. The tool fundamentally shifted how the company shares vital information, cutting back on meetings and empowering employees to connect and share in new ways. Crucially, the organic employee excitement around Community’s interest groups and features led to higher adoption and use of self-service tools. This translated into fewer ad-hoc HR requests and greater processes automation. The platform usage also powered more actionable data insights for HR.
Learning Management System Helps Employees Grow in their Careers
Alaska Mill and Feed needed a learning management system (LMS) that could keep pace with its employees’ many skillsets and safety needs. In a business with heavy equipment and always changing safety regulations, being able to reach employees quickly and effectively was key. Paylocity’s LMS makes it easy for employees to dig in when and where it’s most convenient for them. The flexibility of on-demand, digital training means the team now spends less time gathering people into classrooms and more time focusing on the business.
Performance Reviews Are Faster and Provide Better Insights
By using Paylocity's modern performance management solution, Alaska Mill and Feed now has all their vital employee records in one place. Not only does this enable faster processing and automation of scheduled activities like review sign-offs and raise calculations, but it allows for more meaningful data insights across the company showing HR the bigger picture and giving them the confidence to take action.
Alaska Mill and Feed Saves Time and Engages Employees
Tasks that used to take hours can now be done in a simple click for the HR team.
Automated Onboarding Recoups 120 Hours for the HR Team
Before Paylocity, onboarding took six hours per employee and involved HR observing and checking in frequently, making it impossible to focus on other responsibilities. During gardening season, when the company onboards an average of 20 employees in a matter of weeks, wasted time was the name of the game. The HR team used Paylocity Surveys to request feedback at each step of the onboarding process. The feedback led to overall process changes and ultimately an improved employee onboarding experience. Now employees can complete onboarding at home before they come to work. As a result, Alaska Mill and Feed saves 120 hours during the ramp-up to the busy season.
Modernized Benefits Administration Saves 180 Hours Per Year
Paylocity’s Benefits Administration saves Alaska Mill and Feed 180 hours annually by eliminating paperwork and automating the process. Chimena says, “Even if employees don't want benefits, our HR team had to sit down and have each employee sign off.” It used to take one team member up to three hours per employee to review benefits options. Now, employees can work through the process autonomously, eliminating the HR burden. Moreover, Alaska Mill and Feed benefits from Paylocity's many integrations, particularly to its 401k provider.
Community Builds Employee Rapport through Personal Connections
Perhaps the most significant benefit of switching to Paylocity is how Community brought people together more than ever before, while also bringing employees into the platform who were previously resistant to using the system at all. When one employee’s picture of his 77-lb halibut catch went viral at the company, it spurred an increase in employee engagement that hasn’t stopped since. “If these guys post videos like the fish one, all of a sudden you've got like 50 or 60 views. So you know that everyone saw it. We love it,” shares Chimena.
But the benefits go deeper than a friendly competition for who lands the biggest fish. The impressions, views, and shares on Community reflect the enhanced connection between employees. Alaska Mill and Feed’s culture has become valuable beyond the paycheck. Employees are now proactively sharing that they love being a part of the company and their teams. Instead of disconnection, employees feel a part of the family and are in it for the long haul.