21 January 2019 - Reading time: 2 Minutes
The Christmas festive period might be over, but winter is certainly not. With snow thick and fast in some regions, it’s understandable that HR and payroll teams may want to pack up and hibernate for the next couple of months. So, how can HR and payroll teams beat the January blues and feel inspired in the New Year? To start with, they can begin to minimise the mundane back office admin tasks that absorb so much of their time.
Admin is a big part of the HR and payroll job role. With spreadsheets and data registers both needing to be kept up to date, alongside monthly payrolls and onboarding processes, it’s easy for HR and payroll teams to be snowed under by admin activity.
However, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s how HR and payroll teams can minimise—or even complete free themselves of—mundane payroll tasks.
HR and payroll teams have a considerable amount of tasks to squeeze into a working day, yet many of these tasks are repetitive and take up a lot of precious time. By introducing technology—specifically automation—into the HR department, team members can automate these mundane tasks and can therefore reduce the amount of time they spend on admin.
With automation taking some of the pressure away from the human workforce, they are able to do what they do best, focusing on the important tasks such as running the monthly payroll. Rather than taking jobs from HR and payroll professionals, automation actually puts the Human back into Human Resources.
For HR and payroll departments, winter can signify the end of the payroll year for some regions. This can be a momentous task that causes a lot of stress for internal teams. Alongside introducing technology into internal processes, these teams can also outsource their payroll to third party providers. These providers, which can help with both day-to-day services and compliance, will alleviate the stress associated with the end of the year, and will give payroll teams peace of mind that their processes are under control and at minimal risk of non-compliance.
When it comes to data legislations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), HR and payroll teams can use even automation to remain compliant. For example, organisations should delete the data of customers or ex-employees after a certain amount of time. To eliminate the risk of forgetting, technology can be used to automatically delete the data when necessary. As technological advances minimise the risk of human error, they can enable HR and payroll departments to run at a greater efficiency, empowering their role within the business as a whole.
Although winter can be uninspiring for some, there are a number of ways that HR and payroll teams can reduce the amount of admin work they have to do. Not only does this free up HR teams to do more important, employee-facing tasks, it also let’s these teams reflect on the new year and plan for the year ahead.
From being healthier to digital detoxes, many of us adopt resolutions at the start of the new year. However, it’s not only personal resolutions that should be set in January each year - professional goals should not be overlooked either. Employees might focus on their work/life balance or wellbeing, or might embark on various training sessions to improve their skills.
There’s no doubt that the world of work has changed in the past decade. Organisations have been more focused on employee wellbeing and happiness than ever before, with some even considering the option of a four-day working week. Wellbeing was also a key topic at the CIPD’s annual conference in Manchester this year, which provided attendees with the opportunity to discuss and debate how to successfully manage mental health and wellbeing in international organisations.19 December 2019
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has left many employees on both sides of the English Channel in limbo – uncertain about how long they will be able to live and work in the country they’ve come to call home.29 October 2019
The clock is still ticking on the UK’s exit from the European Union and we’re still in the dark about the terms of its departure or what impact Brexit will have on employment both in the UK and the 27 remaining EU member states. With or without a deal and faced with this level of uncertainty, HR and payroll teams need to stay up to date with their HR Brexit planning and be ready for all scenarios.11 October 2019
A recent SD Worx survey revealed that over half (57%) of European employees have the freedom to take a holiday when they choose. Although this can improve the work/life balance and autonomy of employees around Europe, it can leave departments a little stretched over the summer – a popular time to travel and enjoy the sun with friends and family. This can particularly affect the HR and payroll department – a business function that never stops.5 August 2019
It’s vital that global organizations are run as efficiently as possible. With potentially easy access to a broad and detailed selection of employee data, the HR and payroll department can ensure that the organization’s staff planning is accurately informed to better control staffing costs and improve efficiency across the business as a whole.
So, how can the HR and payroll professionals ensure that they are maximising the potential of the valuable data that lies at their fingertips?
With the festivities over and the new year well underway, as we return to work, many may have already given up on their new year’s resolutions for 2019. However, when it comes to new year resolutions in the HR and payroll industry, there are many resolutions that HR and payroll teams should commit to which will ensure that their payroll is powerful and running efficiently throughout the year.10 January 2019
Much of today’s media coverage on the introduction of technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in the workplace express concern over the future of the human employee. Many fear their roles will be replaced by an intelligent robot that is more efficient and cheaper to employ. However, this is far from the case. SD Worx advocates the future of HR tech, but we also understand that you can never take the ‘Human’ out of Human Resources! In fact, introducing these technologies to the HR and payroll department can only reaffirm the place of the human employee in the business world.30 December 2018
The HR and payroll industry never stands still and is moving at a faster pace than ever. With frequent updates to legislation, increasingly global operations and swiftly developing new technologies, the future of HR is set to look completely different to the industry of today.28 November 2018
Every company strives to have effective working practices that allow employees to work together to get the best possible outcome. Many employers choose to organise Christmas team building activities to help boost workplace morale, increase productivity and collaboration between departments.But does team building actually work? 21 November 2018
Business Studies 101 tells us staff are the most valuable and expensive resource within any company, but how can your business create an empowering atmosphere within which employees flourish and morale is high?6 November 2018
Business leaders are always searching for dynamic new ways to improve their business strategy, but there's one source of data which still remains largely untapped. There is a wealth of potential strategy ideas to be found in a place businesses already have unrestricted access to - their payroll system.
So, how can both large and small companies start utilising payroll data today to breathe new life into stale strategies?24 October 2018
Nothing turns your working world on its head quite as much as a big, sudden change in the way you need to work or the way in which the company you're working for is run. Whether it's due to changes in law, different leadership or any other reason, keeping up with big changes can seem like a difficult task, and it's easy to get off track. But when it comes to adapting to those sudden changes and continuing to meet the needs of your business, there are a few things you can do to help you adapt quickly and be back to 100% in no time:15 October 2018
In the digital world, ensuring that you have a healthy work/life balance has never been so important. However, in this ‘always-on’ environment, it can prove difficult to step away from the world of work and to take that all-important break from your seemingly never-ending to do list. Some HR and payroll professionals see the introduction of HR tech as another cause of stress, with many fearing that it will threaten the future of the industry. However, the introduction of automation and other technologies could be the answer to empowering the HR professional and maintaining a healthy work/life balance.12 October 2018
It sounds too simplistic to say that your workforce is the beating heart of your company, but it’s true. However, many businesses don’t practice strategic human resource (HR) planning. So why is staff planning so important?8 October 2018