CLIENT STORIES > Wakefield and District Housing – HR and Payroll Case Study
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WDH had a requirement for a HR software solution that would manage an effective ‘in-house’ payroll service for employees. It needed to empower HR to support employees and spend less time on repetitive and monotonous administration.
The chosen solution also had to provide an accurate and efficient payroll service, enabling WDH to tackle real HR issues, rather than wading through tons of paperwork and waiting for inefficient processes to kick in. The ability to enable employees to manage their own HR processes through intelligent ‘self service’ functionality, was also sought.
The data migration exercise took approximately one month. The organisation had a clear understanding of the data structure in its legacy system and was able to match that against the data template Cascade provided.
Having a good relationship with the ICT team meant that the HR department was also able to install and configure the hardware required for Cascade within a few weeks of the contracts being signed.
The initial focus was ensuring a smooth switch over to the new payroll system in line with the deadlines of the project. The first six months of the project were therefore spent carrying out parallel runs against the existing payroll system and Cascade.
Four parallel runs were conducted, achieving a 96% reconciliation. The further 4% could be accounted for due to the specific configuration differences between the two systems.
Following a 100% successful first payroll run, in which all 1400 employees were paid correctly, WDH has implemented further HR elements such as Learning and Development, Health and Safety, Recruitment and Grievance/Disciplinary.
Self Service functionality has also been introduced for annual leave, payslips and sickness absence recording.