Stevenson Mining payroll improvements benefits staff relations

Datacom consolidated eight Stevenson companies onto one payroll product.


The Challenge

Mining and construction is a tough business and Stevenson Mining and its union had been going through a tough period as it struggled with Rotowaro’s complex payroll.  Adding difficulty, the payroll featured a variety of allowances, staff on rotating rosters and a nine-day work week.  A heavily unionised site, the staff were quick to let the company know any discrepancies in the payroll. Things had to change.

The Solution

Stevenson Group employs 450 employees and consists of eight IRD entities.  Stevenson Mining and its union had been going through a tough period after winning a tender for the Rotowaro open cast mine.  The complex payroll featured a variety of allowances, staff on rotating rosters and a nine day work week.  A heavily unionised site, the staff were quick to let the company know any discrepancies in the payroll.

There was also a need to improve data capture methods, while improving onsite reporting processes.

To resolve these issues, Stevenson outsourced payroll to Datacom. Our solution, integrated with IDT’s time and attendance software, streamlined the payroll processing. This in turn allowed for automatically generated filtered reports to various multi-site administrators.

Our team also helped train and educate staff on the new system, harnessing better buy-in for the change. This resolved a number of HR issues across the company, as well as improved relations with the union.

This led to decreased liability associated with wages and leave as time and attendance data was accurately captured. It also improved exception and warnings reporting.

The outsourcing of Stevenson Mining’s payroll was watched with interest by other businesses in the Stevenson Group.  Within six months of Stevenson Mining outsourcing its payroll, all eight of Stevenson Group’s business units had been outsourced to Datacom.

Today, with the enhanced clarity and a renewed confidence in the system there is tighter control and effective management of payroll costs at Stevensons.
 

“Outsourcing our payrolls to Datacom has allowed the company to focus on its core business instead of worrying about the administrative by-product of having an inhouse payroll. Datacom has been a great partner to work with during both the implementation phase and the ongoing weekly, fortnightly and monthly processing of payroll.”

Geoff White - HR Manager, Stevenson Group