As a result of its merging a number of separate housing providers and their disparate technology infrastructures and business applications, Together Housing has just completed the implementation of a new HR and payroll system from Cascade HR to support of 1,400 staff. The aim of the implementation was to harmonise the HR policies inherited from the original housing providers and provide the basis for a shared culture.
Having streamlined processes, reduced unnecessary admin and shortened the time needed to undertake tasks such as collating data for reports, Together’s HR team can now provide a value-adding service which offers support and guidance on strategic business issues. And because the technology is browser based and accessible regardless of location, HR professionals throughout the group have access to the same data and can work in a more unified way.
Emma Tomkinson, head of HR business partners, Together Housing, said, “We are delighted with the progress our service has made. For example, we’ve reduced the number of HR policies from 74 to 20. We have also formed a new payroll team, making effective use of new-found capacity in the HR team. Furthermore, the cost savings that Cascade helped to recoup, given the value of the system, have funded the recruitment of a new payroll manager.