Josh and Helen Emett took over the ownership of the Oyster Inn on Waiheke Island, in 2020 – just before the Covid lockdown. So while it was a much-loved destination for the Emetts, the timing for the purchase wasn’t the greatest. All the same, they have emerged stronger and the Oyster Inn, along with its sister restaurant Onslow in Auckland city, now employ some 65 staff, ranging from salaried through to part timers, full time and casual.
During the Covid lockdown, John Williams, Business Manager for the Group, was keen to find savings with a view to sharing some of the restaurants’ success back with the staff. What he found was their existing payroll system was chewing into profits.
The problem was, we were using a system that was charging per employee, and that gets quite expensive when you pay weekly – like in hospitality everyone gets paid weekly.” Explains John.
Using the lockdown to do some homework, John checked out a few payroll systems and soon discovered Crystal Payroll was far more flexible than the other payroll systems out there. It was also one sixth of the cost!