December 2016 - Payworks: Paying it forward

Payworks: Paying it forward

If you’ve ever been paid late – or not paid at all – you know the value of reliable payroll. For Payworks, a 15-year-old payroll provider with over 14,000 customers across the country, that reliability is where their value starts, not where it ends.

It’s no coincidence we chose Payworks to profile during the holiday season, a time of year traditionally associated with giving.

Payworks has 10 offices across the country, from as far west as Victoria, B.C. to as far east as Dartmouth, NS. With so many communities to call home, Payworks knows how important it is to be valuable to those communities, and they know a lot of their value lies in giving back to those communities through charity, economic services, business development and green/environmentally friendly initiatives.

“The Payworks philosophy on corporate social responsibility is to pay it forward,” says Amanda Soloway, a marketing coordinator with Payworks. “We focus on community giving in Winnipeg, as that’s where majority of our employees live and work, but we support a number of national charities and local initiatives in all of the communities across Canada where we have offices.”

Giving back to the communities in which they operate is part of Payworks’ DNA – so much so that they’ve instituted a community investment component as part of the list of corporate benefits their employees receive.

“In November 2015, we added a Pay it Forward Day to our employee benefits list,” said Soloway. “This enables Payworks employees to take off one day per calendar year to donate their time to a not-for-profit organization of their choosing.”

Payworks’ emphasis on community investment and corporate responsibility ranges from participating in local chambers of commerce – helping its communities develop through providing business expertise – to offering environmentally friendly, paperless or other “green” initiatives. The corporation also supports a variety of charities who affect local and national change through both monetary and in-kind donations.

“Payworks is a Major Business Partner of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, and a National Partner of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) Canada,” said Soloway. “We support these organizations throughout the year and send volunteers to each of their respective fundraising days (Tim Hortons Camp Day and McHappy Day).

“We also make an annual donation to RMHC Canada in December in lieu of mailing out paper holiday cards to all of our clients, partners, and suppliers. This has been our practice since 2007.

“The other organization we support in a major way is United Way Centraide Canada. Through Payworks’ annual national United Way corporate campaign, which includes employee donations and a corporate match, Payworks invested over $170,000 in our communities in 2016.

“Altogether, we support more than 75 organizations across Canada each year through sponsorships, donations, or employee fundraising matches.”

With such an emphasis on the people and communities behind the organization, it’s no wonder they’ve garnered awards over the years that include being named Gold Standard Winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, Winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, being named in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50.

For Payworks, paying it forward isn’t just a thing they have to do – it’s an essential part of good business.

 

Payworks provides all-in-one payroll solutions that allow for payroll accuracy, efficiency and reporting services for clients as small as startups and as large as multinationals.

If you’re interested in learning more about Payworks, their outlook on community investment and the way they operate, find their contact information here.