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Follett Uses ADP DataCloud to Help Simplify Reporting

Compiling reports in minutes versus days becomes an integral part of HR decision-making.

Follett is feelin' the power -- the power of simplified reporting, that is. As champions of simplified reporting powered by the ADP DataCloud, Follett is experiencing the ease, speed, and efficiency of this new tool that helps to make analysis of human resources data easier than ever.


That's important for a company like Follett, which provides education technology, services, and print and digital content to 70,000 schools. The company serves more than half of the students in the United States through more than 1,200 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores across the country.

"ADP's simplified reporting tool has transformed the role of the Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) team at Follett from being producers of reports to enablers of decisions," said Cheryl Brand, vice president of compensation and HR systems at Follett. "We're now the people who put actionable data in the hands of our HR business partners.

"This capability has become our springboard to data analytics," she added. "We turned it on with minimal training, and it's so intuitive we can more quickly and easily set up reports, schedule them and then let our HR partners run them. Having this reporting tool also has freed a tremendous amount of time so the HRIS team can focus on supporting our HR business partners and their customers differently."

ADP's simplified reporting feature delivers enterprise insights by using ADP DataCloud data to reveal critical people trends and business opportunities. Integrated within the ADP Vantage HCM solution, businesses can equip managers and business leaders with information that can give them more confidence in their decisions -- because of the factual data it provides.

Introduced in May 2015, the ADP DataCloud allows business leaders and HR professionals from every part of an organization to generate actionable insights from the workforce data embedded in their ADP human capital management (HCM) solutions. ADP DataCloud helps boost business and workforce management goals, such as workforce productivity, talent development, retention and the identification of flight risks. A benchmarking feature that gives business leaders the ability to compare his/her own company's data with current industry averages -- including compensation, turnover and other workforce metrics -- was added to the ADP DataCloud analytics platform in October 2015.

"Collaborating with our clients to develop easy-to-use, intuitive, integrated tools that help them solve real business problems is why we focus so intensely on practical innovation that's easy to apply," said Dave Imbrogno, president of ADP's National Account Services group. "It's great to see Follett experience such immediate and tangible results."

Alex Kirkpatrick, the HRIS Manager at Follett who is largely responsible for directing the day-to-day use and deployment of the simplified reporting tool, says the real-time nature of the solution is saving his team time and helping them focus far more time and attention on contributing to business strategy.

"Reporting is no longer a reactive task for us," Kirkpatrick explains. "We can run a report in literally five minutes, making data analysis an integral part of the decision-making process. During meetings, we can instantly see trend data that, in the past, would take days to compile and require a second meeting to review. In addition, reporting used to be a function for only our most technically savvy practitioners. Now, the reporting analysis functions -- such as sorting, grouping, and charting -- help all users easily complete their own analyses and share their results with others."

Follett also uses ADP Vantage HCM to provide its managers and employees with HR and payroll services, such as benefits enrollment, recruiting and talent management, screening and selection services, electronic I-9 compliance screening, and tax credit services. The automated self-service nature of Vantage helps save Follett managers time and its onboarding capabilities allow leaders to deliver a consistent message to employees, while integrating them more quickly into Follett's culture. Together, these solutions are helping the company's HR team become a more strategic partner to the company's business leaders.

"ADP simplified reporting has provided our practitioners with direct, quick and easy access to all of our ADP Vantage data," said Kirkpatrick. "Using the two solutions together has made ADP Vantage an even more robust and intuitive self-service business tool.

"In addition, each year when school starts, our retail stores hire nearly 20,000 temporary employees to staff the stores during peak sales periods," Kirkpatrick continued. "The workforce for one store could double or triple in a very short time.

"To plan for these seasonal fluctuations, many of our store managers will request reports that collate several factors, such as store location, headcount, employee profiles, performance, and payroll trends," he explained. "Before we were using ADP simplified reporting, all of those different reporting elements or values had to be manually 'joined' in order to generate a cohesive report. It required an intense amount of work to configure all the elements.

"Now, with ADP's help, store managers are able to drag and drop all of the varied elements they need and run a report in minutes on their computer screen. Even more important, they will be able to focus on running the stores, not running reports."

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Originally Published by ADP's Newsletter.

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The multi-country payroll outsourcing market is over $3 billion today and is growing rapidly as companies are looking for greater visibility over their increasingly global workforce, while efficiently managing the compliance elements of multi-country payroll.

Originally Published by ADP.

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ADP: U.S. Wages Grew 3.0 Percent Over the Past Year, Large Firms Experienced Accelerated Wage Growth

Annual job-switching rate slowed slightly to 20.7 percent from 21.2 percent while wage growth for job switchers accelerated to 4.8 percent from 4.1 percent.

Originally Published by ADP.

Wages for U.S. workers grew 3.0 percent over the last year, increasing the average wage level by $0.80 to $27.46 an hour, according to the ADP Research Institute®Workforce Vitality Report (WVR) released today. The growth, steady at 3.0 percent annual as of June 2018, was driven by strong wage gains for workers in the professional and business services industry representing almost 17 percent of the workforce (3.4 percent wage growth, $35.04 average hourly wage), in the Northeast (3.5 percent, $30.88) and from large businesses (3.5 percent, $28.50). Employees in the resources and mining industry saw their wages decrease (-3.7 percent, $33.84) and businesses with 500-999 employees experienced the slowest wage growth (1.6 percent, $28.73).

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Originally Published by ADP.

As the world of work changes, companies are increasingly seeking innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of their employee base and their businesses. For more than four years, ADP® Marketplace, the largest human capital management (HCM) app store, and its world-class partners have helped create a unique ecosystem, where clients can tailor their HR solutions through apps that leverage ADP platforms and data.

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Self-identification can help companies to better develop programs and benefits that meet the needs of LGBTQ associates and to better attract and retain a diverse talent pool to stay competitive in today's tight labor market.

Originally Published by ADP.

Numerous studies have shown that having a diverse workforce brings a wider range of opinions to the table which leads to better problem solving and drives innovation. But to benefit from diverse perspectives, companies first need to understand the makeup of their employee population beyond gender, ethnicity and race.

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The Future of Pay is Here! New ADP Innovation Helps Employers Tailor Payments to the Preferences of All Employees

Wisely Pay by ADP Combines Global Cash Card and ADP Capabilities to Create Best-in-Class Payment Offering

Originally Published by ADP.

Changes in talent demographics, working arrangements and technology are impacting how employees need and want to be paid. To meet these shifts, paycards and digital accounts are increasingly becoming attractive options, allowing employees to access their pay how and when they want. Additionally, employers now have the opportunity to take an active interest in the financial wellbeing of their workers to help them get the most out of their pay.

ADP is continuing its innovation momentum by revolutionizing the way people are paid by introducing Wisely Pay by ADP. Wisely Pay is the next step in ADP's constant evolution to put clients and their workers at the forefront of macro trends shaping the employment landscape, including the growing number of freelance individuals.

"The world of work is changing and our clients look to us as the market leader in payments, to help them better engage with their entire workforce," said Doug Politi, president of Compliance Solutions at ADP. "Wisely Pay is leading the way people get paid in the future as a true bank alternative, with innovative services like instant pay, savings, digital wallet, and other financial management and wellness features that are better aligned with the evolving workforce."

The functionality of digital accounts, including paycards, and ease of access to funds have made them particularly popular among Millennials. According to a recent report commissioned by ADP, almost half of Gen Z (47 percent) and nearly a third of Millennials (31 percent) would turn down a job if they were unable to choose their method of pay. Additionally, this report revealed that 47 percent of Millennials and 66 percent of Gen Z have used a pre-loaded payment card in the last 12 months.

Wisely Pay is the first offering resulting from ADP's acquisition of Global Cash Card and provides the administrative tools and support to enable employers of any size, industry and workforce blend of full-time, part-time and/or freelance workers to enjoy:

  • Advanced technologies: Best-in-class experiences for cardholders and administrators from ADP's in-house digital payments platform, built by Global Cash Card and ADP's award-winning Instant Funding APIs.
  • Pay flexibility: Wisely Pay offers multiple ways to receive, spend, and manage money, including fully electronic options like peer-to-peer transfers, instant pay, and mobile digital wallets by Apple Pay®, Samsung Pay® and Android Pay®.
  • Attracting and retaining talent: The multi-generational workforce places unique demands on employers and Wisely Pay helps satisfy the needs of workers by offering a banking alternative with numerous funding options, easy cash access, broad purchasing capability, ability to avoid paper check fees and modern financial management tools.
  • Peace of mind: With a 50-state electronic pay program, backed by market-leading expertise and experience in the regulatory landscape, employers can rely on ADP Compliance Solutions, advanced data security and single point-of-contact resolution for all employer support or cardholder issues (e.g. fraud prevention, dispute resolution).

The Wisely paycard will first be available to employers who select to offer sponsored accounts for employees in September 2018 in the United States.

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