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by Avanti Software
The Little Book of
People Management
Superheroes
About This Book
Why did we decide to create this book? We wanted to showcase the people who live
the values of their respe...
The Little Book of
People Management
Superheroes
Superhero Illustrations: Kim Smith
Book Design & Layout: Wes Quintin
Dist...
My goal is to respond quickly to the needs of my team members and make
sure that they feel heard and valued when they talk...
Real Name:
Barb Taylor
Barb’s Superpowers
Barb understands how important it is to ensure open and consistent communication...
Having a system that can house all employee related information and
being able to utilize and understand how it works are ...
Amy’s Superpowers
As a Human Resources Professional, Amy aims to always be available to her employees
by helping them with...
A positive attitude is something I always try to maintain.
Even when things are going wrong, if you can look at the bright...
Amanda’s Superpowers
Amanda has a keen ability to tie people and data together in a meaningful and effective
way. When the...
Having the right payroll tools and knowledge gives me the confidence I need
in administering UWinnipeg’s payroll accuratel...
Mark’s Superpowers
Mark is an experienced Canadian Payroll Professional who knows the importance of
paying employees and p...
Don’t continue to do something because ‘it’s always been done that way’.
Challenging your employees to think of different ...
Karen’s Superpowers
Karen loves what she does as a Human Resources Professional.When GSC employees
come to Karen with requ...
Always remember how important payroll is to your employees.
Keep it on time and accurate.
Linda’s Superpowers
Linda works hard to ensure that Payroll is delivered on time, as she knows how
important Payroll is to...
Keep calm, and try to think outside of the box. Sometimes the best solution
isn’t always the easiest.
Be accountable. If y...
Tanya’s Superpowers
Tanya credits her Payroll and legislative knowledge, her understanding of the
organization and the six...
It’s important to revisit and challenge your business processes to find areas of
improvement.What works for 300 employees,...
Athina’s Superpowers
Through her experience in Payroll, Athina has become an effective leader, a
champion of change manage...
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The Little Book of People Management Superheroes: Volume 2

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Volume 2 features eight different people management professionals across Canada, including a variety of Payroll & HR professionals that show us they use technology to better serve the needs of their employees, and their organization, everyday.

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The Little Book of People Management Superheroes: Volume 2

  1. 1. by Avanti Software The Little Book of People Management Superheroes
  2. 2. About This Book Why did we decide to create this book? We wanted to showcase the people who live the values of their respective Canadian organization and, through technology, are able to better service the needs of their employees and contribute to the success of the organization. This book is about superheroes. ThankYou! Thanks to all of our amazing clients who are featured in this book.You took time out of your incredibly busy schedules to tell us about your world.A thank you also goes out to the people who work with the superheroes featured in this book.And finally, thank you to our amazing illustrator Kim Smith.You really helped us bring this project to life and continue to give it a personality all its own with your talent and creative illustrations. AreYou a People Management Superhero? Do you make a difference in your organization through your people management solution? We would love to hear how. Visit avanti.ca/superherobook
  3. 3. The Little Book of People Management Superheroes Superhero Illustrations: Kim Smith Book Design & Layout: Wes Quintin Distributed by Avanti Software Inc. Calgary,Alberta, Canada Copyright © 2016.All rights reserved. Volume 2
  4. 4. My goal is to respond quickly to the needs of my team members and make sure that they feel heard and valued when they talk with me. I believe that whether you are the CEO or the janitor, you deserve the same respect.
  5. 5. Real Name: Barb Taylor Barb’s Superpowers Barb understands how important it is to ensure open and consistent communication with the rest of Nature’s Fare’s team members. Avanti’s Self-Service Portal has helped her improve that communication and the distribution of important information to team members. Barb’s reporting superpowers enable her to provide things like FTE reporting, wage cost reports, wage to revenue reports, and more. Her team is now better informed and employees are more adept at embracing change because that communication furthers their understanding of those changes. About Nature’s Fare Markets Nature’s Fare is a grocery store you can trust. Full of the best, handpicked natural and organic foods, vitamins and supplements you can find.They really care about their products, their people and their planet. BC family-owned, happily serving customers in Kamloops, Kelowna, Langley, Penticton,Vernon,West Kelowna and White Rock. Title Payroll & Benefits Administrator and HR Assistant Organization Nature’s Fare Markets Location Vernon, British Columbia
  6. 6. Having a system that can house all employee related information and being able to utilize and understand how it works are key to success.
  7. 7. Amy’s Superpowers As a Human Resources Professional, Amy aims to always be available to her employees by helping them with any questions or concerns that they may have. With Avanti,Amy has the important information she needs to provide the ASC employees with answers quickly and efficiently, all in one place. And thanks to Self-Service,Amy empowers the ASC managers with the ability to access information on their direct reports, such as performance reviews, with ease. About The Alberta Securities Commission The ASC is the regulatory agency responsible for administering the province’s securities laws. As a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators, the ASC works to improve, coordinate and harmonize the regulation of Canada’s capital markets. Title Assistant, Corporate Resources Organization Alberta Securities Commission Location Calgary, AlbertaReal Name: Amy Neault
  8. 8. A positive attitude is something I always try to maintain. Even when things are going wrong, if you can look at the bright side, and work with patience and a smile, it makes a big difference.
  9. 9. Amanda’s Superpowers Amanda has a keen ability to tie people and data together in a meaningful and effective way. When the City was implementing Avanti, Amanda learned the basics of the system and used those insights to educate clerks and managers on how to access Avanti and enter data into the system. Having a solid training plan for end users led to a successful implementation of the system to help better serve the needs of managers, employees, and ultimately, the City. About City of Brandon Brandon has been nicknamed the “Wheat City” in honor of its rich agricultural heritage and reputation as a prosperous farming community. Brandon is an important cultural centre for the southwest region of Manitoba. The City strives to create a thoughtful and dynamic cultural programme which recognizes, enhances, and supports the existing cultural and ethno cultural communities and infrastructure of their city. Title Corporate Projects Supervisor Organization City of Brandon Location Brandon, ManitobaReal Name: Amanda Dupuis
  10. 10. Having the right payroll tools and knowledge gives me the confidence I need in administering UWinnipeg’s payroll accurately. I am proud to have a strong team who are also very knowledgeable in the payroll profession.Together we can meet any challenge.
  11. 11. Mark’s Superpowers Mark is an experienced Canadian Payroll Professional who knows the importance of paying employees and paying attention to detail. He is a very active volunteer with the Canadian Payroll Association and has been since 2003, and that means making sure his employees are paid accurately and on time are paramount. Avanti’sYear-End functionality gives Mark greater control to auditT4s for discrepencies.That way he can ensureT4s are correct and when his employees get theirT4s, they can feel confident they have the right information showing. About University of Winnipeg The University of Winnipeg is a dynamic campus and a downtown hub that connects people from diverse cultures and nurtures global citizens. UWinnipeg is committed to improving access to post-secondary education for all individuals, especially those from non-traditional communities. Title Manager, Payroll Services Organization University of Winnipeg Location Winnipeg, ManitobaReal Name: Mark Betcher
  12. 12. Don’t continue to do something because ‘it’s always been done that way’. Challenging your employees to think of different ways to tackle their jobs promotes accountability and engagement.
  13. 13. Karen’s Superpowers Karen loves what she does as a Human Resources Professional.When GSC employees come to Karen with requests and questions, she provides timely, confidential and accurate assistance. Through Avanti’s Self-Service Portal, Karen empowers employees with the ability to see their vacation entitlements, take ownership by keeping track of their time off, and make changes to their own schedules. About Green Shield Canada Since 1957, GSC has been Canada’s only national not-for-profit health and dental benefits specialist. GSC is committed to funding programs focused on providing frontline care and improving access to health care for uninsured/under-insured Canadians (homeless, working poor, those on social assistance). Title Human Resources Analyst Organization Green Shield Canada Location Windsor, OntarioReal Name: Karen Loebach Smith
  14. 14. Always remember how important payroll is to your employees. Keep it on time and accurate.
  15. 15. Linda’s Superpowers Linda works hard to ensure that Payroll is delivered on time, as she knows how important Payroll is to an employee. As a Payroll subject matter expert at the ASC, Linda keeps her manager informed of Canadian Payroll legislative requirements and helps to ensure compliance. Avanti provides Linda with the platform she needs to do her job and offers her the support she needs whenever she has a question. About The Alberta Securities Commission The ASC is the regulatory agency responsible for administering the province’s securities laws. As a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators, the ASC works to improve, coordinate and harmonize the regulation of Canada’s capital markets. The right people, the right tools and equipment, and an open door policy make the ASC a great place to work. Title Senior Payroll Accountant Organization Alberta Securities Commission Location Calgary, AlbertaReal Name: Linda Werthmann
  16. 16. Keep calm, and try to think outside of the box. Sometimes the best solution isn’t always the easiest. Be accountable. If you make a mistake, admit it, fix it, and learn from it.
  17. 17. Tanya’s Superpowers Tanya credits her Payroll and legislative knowledge, her understanding of the organization and the six collective bargaining agreements the City works with as part of her success as a Certified Payroll Manager and the City’s Payroll Officer. She also credits Avanti’s implementation team as part of the City’s success for going live on a new system. Switching to a new Payroll system is a daunting task and their employees barely noticed that such big changes were taking place. Smooth like a ninja! About City of Brandon Brandon has been nicknamed the “Wheat City” in honor of its rich agricultural heritage and reputation as a prosperous farming community. Brandon is an important cultural centre for the southwest region of Manitoba. The City strives to create a thoughtful and dynamic cultural programme which recognizes, enhances, and supports the existing cultural and ethno cultural communities and infrastructure of their city. Title Payroll Officer Organization City of Brandon Location Brandon, ManitobaReal Name: Tanya Addison
  18. 18. It’s important to revisit and challenge your business processes to find areas of improvement.What works for 300 employees, won’t necessarily work for 700. Communicate and be receptive to concerns and struggles.
  19. 19. Athina’s Superpowers Through her experience in Payroll, Athina has become an effective leader, a champion of change management, process improvement and lean practices. Pfaff is an organization that continues to succeed and grow. Over the past four years, Athina has leveraged her skills and experience to help Pfaff successfully scale from 300 to 700 employees. With Avanti’s Self-Service,Athina can provide her employees with online pay statements, easy (and secure) access to Pfaff policies and other information, which is a huge asset for an organization that has multiple locations. About Pfaff Automotive Partners Since 1964, Pfaff has grown as an automotive retailer and they have their customers to thank for it. Pfaff doesn’t take their past or future for granted and they strive to be better every day. Cars are their passion. They have been from the day Pfaff started. But as much as they love the cars, they love the people who drive them. Title Payroll Manager Organization Pfaff Automotive Partners Location Vaughan, OntarioReal Name: AthinaTzakas
  20. 20. avanti.ca With Avanti as your all-in-one solution for Payroll, Human Resources, and time tracking, everyone in the company is part of your people management success. Discover the Avanti advantage and talk to us today!

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