Embracing a leading tech solution to transform HR department

The challenge: Adding value with an enterprise solution.

Canadian natural gas distributor SaskEnergy was in search of HR evolution. Once the beating heart of its organization, the human resources team faced aging systems and processes, which made it increasingly difficult to keep pace with the organization's growth.

“We were slower than we wanted to be,” said Maria McCullough, SaskEnergy’s executive vice president of Human Resources and Safety. “The organization was making personnel decisions around us, and we weren't adding value to the business like we once did."

SaskEnergy worked with KPMG in Canada on a practical, impactful and sustainable enterprise solution that would restore the HR team’s value. KPMG in Canada developed a technology solution run on KPMG Powered Enterprise HR, enabled by Workday, and helped lead department-wide improvements.

KPMG was always there to provide support. When you felt like things were not going as planned, they were there to motivate the team, manage expectations, and keep everything on track.

Maria McCullough
Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Safety, SaskEnergy

The response: Transitioning to a modern system.

The Workday system helped SaskEnergy reshape its workforce to empower its people. KPMG in Canada used its deep expertise in the energy sector, along with an evidence-based approach, to provide an in-depth assessment of SaskEnergy's HR department.  The assessment revealed that team members were spending extraordinary amounts of time on transactional activities, hindering their ability to focus on and add value to the decision-making table.

KPMG professionals worked closely with SaskEnergy’s HR team over an 18-month period to help implement Workday’s Human Capital Management (HCM) capabilities, supporting numerous process and system changes and keeping in contact beyond implementation to enable a smooth transition.

The outcome: Enabling focus on value-add activities.

KPMG Powered Enterprise HR, enabled by Workday, helps address many challenges modern HR departments face.

With Workday’s HCM capabilities, SaskEnergy HR has been able to automate and streamline HR tasks, allowing the team to focus on value-driving activities; use accurate and relevant data to inform organization strategies; and strengthen talent recruitment and retention programs. SaskEnergy’s HR team is now a true partner in the boardroom and able to support the organization’s growth.

KPMG’s HR Transformation approach and Powered Enterprise HR helped address the challenges facing SaskEnergy’s HR function, using proven operating models based on KPMG in Canada’s industry experience, leading practices and a set of pre-defined assets built on top of clients’ preferred technology platform.

Stavros Demetriou
Partner and National Leader
People and Change Services, KPMG in Canada

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