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Streamlining payroll for over 5,000 workers
How Kal Tire Canada’s Payroll team brought its team members within reach
Walking in the shoes of others
Put yourself in the shoes of Ron, who maintains tires on mining vehicles at a remote location in Canada, away from his young family back home. Keeping a careful eye on his finances is important, but he recognizes that given his location, it takes time to receive his pay statements from Kal Tire’s administrative centre in British Columbia.
Now put yourself in the shoes of Joanne, who has worked in Canada’s tire industry for most of her adult life. Each year, she works at Kal Tire as a seasonal team member and then other companies in the off-season. Keeping track of all her pay-related documentation is a challenge.
Finally, consider the responsibilities of the payroll team tasked with ensuring Joanne, Ron and thousands of their fellow team members (some in remote locations) receive the payroll-related information they need securely and regularly. Email lacks the security to be an option, while the prospect of implementing a new digital payroll system can feel like a logistical nightmare. That seems to leave manual printing and mailing as the only viable options. But there is an alternative…
This is the story of how Kal Tire found a game-changing solution in Payreq.
The challenges of mail and email
For years, the payroll team manually printed and distributed pay statements, tax documents and other payroll-related information for their team members. This meant pay statements tended to be couriered to stores and mailed to team members’ homes for those that worked at remote locations. The payroll team was never totally comfortable with the security risks this process presented. It also meant remote team members would have to wait before they could access their pay information at home. Plus, the mail room had to create a separate list of people requiring pay statements to be mailed.
Lisa Murray, Kal Tire’s Manager, Payroll & Benefits explains: “It was very time consuming. And in terms of budget and resources, the cost of printing and mailing was huge.”
However, emailing information was not a viable option, according to Lisa. “In our opinion email just isn’t a secure enough channel to share confidential payroll information. Also, we find that a lot of emails tend to bounce back, because we may not have the most up-to-date email contact information for our team members.”
“In our opinion email just isn’t a secure enough channel to share confidential payroll information.”
— Lisa Murray, Payroll manager
A drain on time and resources
With such a large workforce, the team responded to daily requests to share current and historic pay or tax statements, as well as calculate hours worked. Plus at the end of each tax year, thousands of T4s (Canadian tax summaries) needed to be sent to team member homes in Canada. Lisa said: “Around this time, we’d mail T4s to team members’ homes and we’d receive quite a few back because we didn’t have updated addresses.”
Kal Tire knew that going digital was the answer and spent years trying to find a solution that would suit the needs of their business and workforce, and could be easily rolled out.
Turning to Payreq
In 2021, a turning point came for Kal Tire. A team member heard about Canada Post’s partnership with a SaaS provider called Payreq, which provided secure online access to documents. According to Lisa: “We looked into it and saw that Payreq could be right for us. The security it offered was a huge factor. The simplicity was also important – there was no need for complex instructions for team members. There was no extra noise that came with it.
“The decision was made easier because the Payreq team was so responsive to our requests for information. They were supporting us with onboarding plans even prior to us making the decision on which platform we should use.”