Seneca brushes up on its payroll system

College’s upgrade leads to time savings, lower costs, improved reporting
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/11/2011

When Karen Mendler joined the Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto four years ago, the school’s payroll system was definitely in need of an upgrade.

For a long time, a third-party payroll provider had provided a system that was very DOS-based and only ran on Microsoft’s Windows 98. It also didn’t allow for a lot of user modifications. For example, payroll couldn’t do any importing. And there was considerable manual work involved.

“For those reasons, obviously, it made sense to start looking for something, but also just to have more capabilities,” says Mendler, manager of payroll at Seneca.