PayrollHero, a B.C. and Manila-based company whose tagline is “Optimizing work productivity with Happiness”, has announced that Krispy Kreme Philippines will be implementing its Human Resource Information System (HRIS), to keep track of employee attendance, scheduling, analytics and payroll. Krispy Kreme will be implementing the software in its more than 40 locations throughout the Philippines.
PayrollHero’s software is a scheduling and payroll tool for employers that allows employees to clock in using facial recognition and GPS, using either the company’s device or their own mobile phone. The system, which is ideally employed in service and retail industries, eliminates the possibility of “buddy punching”, while giving employers exact metrics regarding clocking in and clocking out.The company also recently signed the BreadTalk chain in the Philippines.
While PayrollHero’s clients are mainly based in Southeast Asia and North America, including the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain in Brunei and Malaysia, a full 50% of its clients are in the Philippines, owing to the fact that the company was founded in Manila.
In 2008, at the height of the financial crisis, co-founders Mike Stephenson and Stephen Jagger found themselves in the Philippines attempting to outsource customer service for a software company they had been developing. With the intention of growing that business, Mike stayed in the Philippines for the next three years until realizing that companies he was encountering were relying on ad hoc methods to keep track of its employees, like Excel spreadsheets or punch cards.
Much like the way Shopify was initially developed as an in-house solution for an online snowboard business that went on to become the main business, Stephenson saw an opportunity to develop a scheduling and payroll solution for their Philippines operation. This morphed into PayrollHero, which then became the pair’s primary gig.
Back in Whistler, PayrollHero has attempted to solve the problem of finding and retaining top talent, a constant struggle for start-up companies competing with huge tech players who can easily outbid them, by coining the concept of “Adventure Engineering”. Basically, their employees split time between the company’s Manila office and Whistler, a quick hop from Vancouver surrounded by wilderness and outdoor adventure.
“The fact is that Whistler is an easy international sell for a certain demographic for expert computer programmers,” Stephenson told the Whistler Pique.
Six months ago, they brought over Ron Maravilla from the Philippines to their Whistler office, attempting to get him Canadian residency and incidentally to learn how to snowboard. Ron had never seen snow in his life before arriving in Whistler.