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Resources | Ascender

An HR professional's guide to navigating change

When staff members are not engaged in change they can consciously and unconsciously resist the new way of working. To avoid any backlash or organisational challenge, this eBook details the nine essentials of change management that will ensure you can seamlessly implement change and bring your staff along for the journey.

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How to make your learning programs count

You only have to look at the way universities are diving headfirst into a brave new world of web-based and experiential teaching methods to realise that the way we learn has changed. The exciting new knowledge around how people learn offers major opportunities, not just for education institutions, but also for all types of businesses. Ascender was recently involved in the LearnX Live! Summit in Melbourne – here are the most powerful trends that came out of the event.

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How your systems can talk to each other

Every manager working today can appreciate just how beneficial it would be to have core business systems fully integrated and able to talk to each other across different platforms. Yet so many organisations struggle in vain, soaking up valuable time and resources manually transferring data across multiple incompatible systems.

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How secure is your data?

While you can't control the increasing risk of cyber-attacks, you can take steps to protect your employees' precious personal data. Cyber security is of the utmost importance to organisations of every size, which is why we've identified where the risks lie and how you can best defend against potential attacks.

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Does your payroll data support operational decisions?

Does the service and information you are able to access from payroll support your manager’s needs? If the answer is ‘no’, or ‘sort of’ – it is time to head back to the payroll drawing board. HR and payroll data are critical inputs to the efficiency and effectiveness of a business and indeed its leaders; it is fundamental to decision-making on both operational and strategic levels.

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Finding it hard to attract and retain talent?

The art of retaining staff lies in understanding who they are as individuals. Hidden in your payroll data are valuable insights into your employees and their motivation to perform. When used to its full potential, this information can be used to better engage and retain staff and enhance your ability to attract quality talent.

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10 habits of highly successful businesses

The nature of work is changing, that much is obvious. Far more difficult to figure out is what a business must do on a practical level to keep up with those changes. Ultimately, for a business to excel, it's not just about fulfilling necessary business functions such as payroll. We've explored multiple pieces of research to share with you what great businesses are doing to stay ahead of the game in this age of global change.

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6 steps to make compliance training exciting

While the mere mention of compliance can cause employee’s eyes to glaze over, the 106,565 serious workers compensation claims in 2013/14 alone are proof that it’s in everyone’s best interests to pay attention. And even though there are plenty of statistics that will make your employees sit up and take notice, a scare campaign is by no means necessary. Making compliance exciting isn’t impossible, not even close. Our experts outline 6 simple ways to engage your staff in the topic of compliance.

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5 qualities shared by high performance teams

Just as you need systems that talk to each other, you need a team that communicates well, is working to a common goal and who subscribe to a culture of high performance. Creating this type of culture isn’t something that comes about by chance; it comes from above – from HR leaders and management. So, what are the practical but essential ingredients to create an environment in which high performance is the norm?

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An HR professional’s guide to navigating change

When staff members are not engaged in change – whether it be relatively small developments such as the introduction of a new process or IT system, or major structural or strategic adjustments – they can consciously and unconsciously resist the new way of working. To avoid any backlash or organisational challenge, this eBook details the nine essentials of change management that will ensure you can seamlessly implement change and bring your staff along for the journey.

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Case study: Western Sydney University

When you add up how much time and effort is required to run a paper-based system, the result can be shocking. Characterised by double handling of documents and repetition of tasks, staff frustration aside, it’s a system that’s rife with human error. For Western Sydney University (WSU), which pays up to 6000 people fortnightly, the move to an integrated payroll system has been nothing short of ground-breaking.

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Unlock the power of your payroll data

If you’re making business decisions, HR or otherwise, without looking first to your payroll data, you could be missing out on valuable insights. Small changes in the business can create large changes in payroll, and an understanding of cost per employee or revenue per employee can help in planning future growth. Here are a few of the most powerful outcomes of payroll analytics done well.

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The Ripple Effect: The multi-faceted benefits of integrated software solutions for SMEs

In the increasingly competitive world of business – one in which employee and customer experience have become significant differentiators – getting the most out of your available resources is absolutely vital. Proven to positively affect employee engagement and boost staff morale, the benefits of integrated software solutions can’t be ignored. In this white paper we detail the broad and interconnected business benefits that can be achieved.

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How to win back time for the HR essentials

The traditional HR role was one characterised by manual and time-consuming tasks. But with the advent of improved technologies, the low-value elements of an HR professional’s role have been eradicated, leaving them to concentrate on what they’re really good at – managing talent. Everybody knows that successful businesses are differentiated by customer and employee experience. What they may not realise is that modern managers and HR professionals will hold enormous sway over these factors, and so much more.

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How an integrated HRIS can drive your engagement strategy

Technology has long been known to be a driver of efficiency and productivity, but only recently has its importance as a powerful engagement tool been recognised, acknowledges Ascender’s General Manager, Fred van der Tang. Demographic change, the increasingly competitive war for talent and leaps forward in technology all combine to create an environment in which tech is a driver of retention and attraction.

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8 payroll challenges HR Directors can easily overcome

Imagine a work environment in which all HR documents live online in a structured and integrated system – this is the solution to your payroll concerns.

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Reduce payroll discrepancies, relinquish manual control

When not done efficiently, payroll can be a cumbersome and complex function. But it's also one where there's no room for error. While other HR professionals understand that the demands and challenges associated with payroll can lead to unintentional discrepancies, your staff might not be so accepting. By relinquishing manual control you can avoid the potential for payroll problems to impact your business.

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Keeping your payroll compliant: Avoiding sham contracting

When it comes to keeping payroll compliant, HR leaders need to ensure the working relationships with their staff is clearly defined and lawful. For example an independent contractor should not be asked to do what’s considered an employee’s job as they won’t receive employee benefits like annual leave or sick leave. In past Fair Work cases, businesses have claimed they were working with an independent contractor when, in the eyes of the law, it should have been an employment relationship. This is called sham contracting.

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Why organisations need simpler HR software and integrated technologies

The digital revolution has empowered employees by increasing efficiency, however stand-alone HR software and numerous other systems are also halting employee productivity. This leads to the question, could there be a way to create more cohesive and productive teams by simplifying human-technology interactions?

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Wodonga TAFE

Wodonga TAFE is situated in one of the fastest growing regional economies in Australia. With over 550 employees delivering more than 2.5 million student hours every year it was essential they build on this capacity in the future. Ascender Pay provided a solution that exceeded their current needs and is infinitely scalable for the future.

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Victoria University

Victoria University delivers excellence in teaching, training, research and scholarship and operates from multiple sites with more than 50,000 students. They selected Ascender HRIS for its ability to deliver fully functional payroll capabilities with strong retrospective processing and embedded knowledge within the user group community.

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Taylor’s Education

Since its inception in 1969, Taylor’s Education Group (Taylor’s) has undertaken the important task of developing students into well-rounded, competitive and resilient contributors with global perspectives to the development of Malaysia’s economic growth and prosperity.

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Roche Products

Roche has been committed to improving the health and wellbeing of people in Australia for over 60 years. As part of a major office relocation they sought a managed payroll service that ensured full legislative compliance and an enhanced self-service capability for managers and employees. Ascender provided a solution that not only saved time and money but also enhanced productivity.

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CQ University

CQ University focuses on making higher education and research more readily accessible to all people, especially those who live and work in Central Queensland. In a partnership spanning more than 20 years, Ascender has created and evolved an HRIS that is part of CQU’s core business systems and the single, authoritative source of employee information.

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Arinex

Arinex is a leading specialist in conferences, events, incentives and destination management. They wanted to outsource their payroll outsourcing to a specialist who could provide accuracy, professionalism, quick turnaround and a reliable service at a reduced cost. Ascender was able to deliver a Managed Payroll Service that saves Arinex more than 40% of their annual processing costs.

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Brisbane Catholic Education

BCE is a learning community comprising 130 schools with over 9,500 staff. They were seeking a more efficient human resource and payroll system with the ability to allow operational management to remain under their control. They chose Ascender’s Human Resource Information System (HRIS) due to its capability, scalability and value for money.

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Providing multi-country payroll outsourcing

Here’s an Ascender client success story. We invite you to read about their journey, learn about the challenges faced and see what we at Ascender helped them achieve.

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Taking the risk out of risk management

See how a partnership between Ascender and NAB has helped shaped the future of risk management.

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Multi-country payroll outsourcing

Ascender have partnered with Everest to author this detailed study on the benefits of MCPO and associated best-practices for MNCs in Asia Pacific. We look at the maturation of MCPO within the Asia Pacific region — offering details regarding the circumstances driving growth and development.

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The true cost of running payroll in Asia Pacific

Many growing companies fail to allow for the true cost of compliant payroll and HR expenses. They are also unaware that significant savings can be made by outsourcing this function. This white paper covers the real cost of running payroll in the Asia Pacific region including hidden and indirect expenses. It also includes strategies for developing a more cost-effective payroll function.

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Organisational agility

Managing payroll and HR in multiple locations and languages is an extremely complex process. Not only does it increase the risk of inconsistency and non-compliance for modern organisations, it limits management’s global view of the organisation. This white paper details the benefits of cloud-based HR and payroll systems that enable businesses to cost-effectively deploy a robust, single platform that is scalable and compliant across multiple regions.

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New considerations for human capital management

Rapid changes in the global economy require organisations to move faster than ever before. In particular, the shift from transactional HR functions to Strategic Human Capital Management has allowed many companies to quickly gain a significant advantage. This white paper covers the growing trends, models and solutions that are helping businesses optimise their people process.

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Emerging APAC market

Outsourcing is no longer seen as just a cost-cutting tactic for organisations operating in sluggish economies. It is now being considered as a strategic solution to consolidate cost bases across multiple regions and stimulate growth. This white paper covers the factors that can impact multi-national companies looking to expand in the Asia Pacific region.

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11 principles for successful MCPO

A helpful infographic illustrating what a payroll provider should be offering you when you're looking to outsource your multi country payroll.