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ASAP: From enjoy to engage

ASAP: From 'Enjoy' To 'Engage'

In 2021, ASAP has 80 offices spread across the country and has a permanent team of 280 members of staff. Furthermore, the Limburg-based HR service provider is expanding its internationalisation plans. And, after four decades, ASAP is still a great family business. Three years ago, Human Engagement Director Ann Doucet faced the tough challenge of devising an HR strategy for the growing organisation. "An engaged team was my goal." 

International payroll

Show your employees what they really earn

Offering an interesting and competitive pay package, but not highlighting it afterwards, is a bit like a rainbow in the dark. As not even half of employees regularly look at their payslip, many will undoubtedly lose sight of what they actually earn. Pointlogic's software package inspire is an excellent tool for making it clear to employees what they receive in addition to their salary, and acts as an incentive for greater motivation and engagement.

International HR

It’s now or never: transforming HR into a strategic partner

Over the last decade, we have been witnessing a shift in HR – and the current pandemic crisis is accelerating the trends. With issues and topics more polarising with every passing day, it is HR professionals that will be in the spotlight – now more than ever. Grasp this opportunity to embrace HR’s role as strategic partner and play an essential part in becoming an organisation of the future.

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MEDIAGENIX: Self-leadership as a basis for an innovative work organisation

MEDIAGENIX: Self-leadership as a basis for an innovative work organisation

Keeping up with the rapidly evolving media world is the motto of technology company MEDIAGENIX. You can only do this successfully if you can retain the very best profiles. MEDIAGENIX goes beyond remuneration to achieve this, by developing a flat work organisation where employees can set their own career path based on self-leadership.

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GDPR Data Register: Have you mastered it correctly?

GDPR has been a burning subject in the past three years now. It was enforceable in 2018 across European countries and things have evolved since then. In fact, since its implementation date until January 2020, some 160,921 personal data breaches with EEA have been reported (DLA Piper: GDPR Data breach Survey 2020).

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SD Worx 75: the full story

SD Worx 75: the full story

Celebrating an anniversary is always fun, and your 75th anniversary really shouldn't go unnoticed. "We need to celebrate it with lots of fun initiatives, all year round, both for our employees and for our customers" was the motto at the start of 2020. And so we rolled up our sleeves and went back to the drawing board: the campaign "SD Worx 75 – Let's Make Sparks Fly" was born!

Cathy Janssens

Services
Advantages of Outsourcing for Efficient Global Payroll

Going Global? Here are 5 advantages of outsourcing your payroll

In an increasingly globalised world, there is a vast array of opportunities for businesses to explore. For companies looking to expand their international reach, payroll is one of the biggest consideration factors. Operating in multiple countries has its fair share of challenges: each region has its own local legislative requirements, and complying with these is crucial in maintaining both reputation and revenue. 

Here are the five advantages why outsourcing your payroll should be your next move

Arcadis: HR strategy with sustainability as a touchstone

Arcadis: HR strategy with sustainability as a touchstone

Many companies now promise a sustainable career. But engineering firm Arcadis has really put the HR buzzword into practice with a strategy that is based on three pillars: continuous feedback, mobility and working from home. Wim Waterschoot, People Director Arcadis Belgium & Europe South: "Our people want to give their very best, and this is only possible if you, in turn take their well-being seriously."

International HR

How to create a global business strategy using payroll data

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?

International HR
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Guidelines for HR Professionals in 2021

Over the past year, HR too has had to deal with our modern version of the Big Bang. We all adopted a ‘new normal’, to use a trendy term. Hopefully 2021 will be better. Thanks to the vaccine - fingers crossed - we shall soon be getting back to our social lives and be able to meet our colleagues and customers in person again more often. The after-effects of the coronavirus will continue affecting HR developments in the year to come, however. We hereby present the most important insights and trends for the new year.

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Aertssen Group: payroll department becomes business partner

Aertssen Group is a family business based in Stabroek, north of Antwerp in Belgium. However strong it’s growth ambitions, Aertssen Group will always be a family business above all else. In order to retain that family spirit in amidst a growing organisation, a wide range of significant HR efforts have been made over the past couple of years: every employee can now count on a personalised approach supported by technology.

International payroll

3 scary payroll mistakes for multinational organizations

Payroll is the lifeblood of an organization, so getting it right is crucial. When organizations branch out into new geographical locations, the risk of payroll mistakes heightens. It’s a scary thought for HR and payroll professionals.

 

HR management
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Total talent management: preparing for constant change

What will 2021 bring? After such a turbulent year, it would be audacious to start making big statements. But one thing seems to be a given: ‘the old normal’ is not coming back. Even more, companies will quickly have to find a way to deal with the likelihood of ongoing changes. A good first step is building an agile workforce and valuing both internal and external mobility. To do so, you’ll need to embrace total talent management.

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How to turn your workspace into an employee experience centre

COVID-19 has a great impact on employees, with mass homeworking as one of the most remarkable outcomes. Many companies are pulling out all the stops to establish viable homeworking policies, implement digital tools and create a renewed organisational culture. What’s often overlooked is the physical workspace. Although traditional offices are on their way out, they can re-emerge as employee experience centres.

Customer case
Dealing with a crisis situation as one team

Dealing with a crisis situation as one team

Care and hospitals go hand in hand, but this usually relates to patient care. At Az Damiaan in Ostend, they extend this care to employees with the same focus. Az Damiaan regularly appears in the press with original employer branding campaigns. Of course, just the image of a caring, creative employer with 'a twist' is not enough. Without a supportive and established HR policy, this reputation would be in danger. During the first wave of coronavirus, the hospital showed that they have a solid foundation in this area. Chief HR Officer, Dirk Van de Velde, explains.

HR management
Nike brings inspiration and innovation – to its own employees as well

Nike brings inspiration and innovation – both to athletes and employees

American athletic giant Nike has a solid foothold in Belgium too, with five distribution centres in Ham, Laakdal and Meerhout. Together, they make up the Nike European Logistics Campus (ELC). From here, sporting goods depart around the clock, destined for wholesalers, Nike stores and online customers across Europe. This phenomenal logistics achievement relies heavily on flexibility. For that reason, personalisation, mobility and innovation are key elements of the HR policy.

Today’s HR: how many hula hoops can you keep in the air?

Today's HR: how many hula hoops can you keep in the air?

Through on online survey conducted in June 2020, the European Payroll & HR services provider SD Worx tested how well 3,000 European companies are dealing with 6 crucial HR challenges. Each of those challenges consists of a subtle balancing act. Drop one or more hula hoops and you risk finding yourself a long way behind your competitors. Gracefully swirl all of them around and you’re bound to be successful. 

HR management

Could HR tech be the answer to improving your work/life balance?

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.

International payroll
Turbulent Times: How Global Payroll Providers Can Help You Navigate Business Change

Turbulent Times: How Global Payroll Providers Can Help You Navigate Business Change

In today’s business landscape, organisations are facing uncertainty as they plan for the future. When managing this business change, leaders don’t always think to look to the HR and payroll departments for the answers. However, working with a Global Payroll Provider can open up opportunities that could ensure it thrives and grows despite the challenges of today.

Flexible rewards: going fluid to match key priorities

COVID-19 has forced companies to reassess their priorities. Getting the basics right, such as payroll duties, is now by far the number one concern. Besides that, we see both a strong shift towards cost-efficiency and increased emphasis on employee experience, including personalisation and work-life balance. Although these three objectives could be met effectively by turning the spotlight on to flexible rewards, few companies seem to see the connection. 

Survey on HR priorities beyond COVID-19: key takeaways

In case you hadn’t noticed: change is the only constant. With COVID-19 still affecting all areas of our society and economy, we believe that keeping our finger on the pulse has never been more important. Why? Successful adaptation starts with gathering knowledge and closely observing the market. And as the leading European payroll and HR services provider, that’s exactly what SD Worx does for you.

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HR insights: bridging the language gap in international employment

Remote working challenges – and how to overcome them

As the adage goes, “the clever learn from their mistakes, but the truly wise learn from the mistakes of others”. With remote working here to stay in a post COVID-19 world, offering great experiences to remote workers is the key to high engagement, effortless collaboration and – in the end – higher performance. Familiarise yourself with the fails and learn how to win with remote working.

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SD Worx collects sparks for charity and to combat coronavirus

SD Worx is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Even in these challenging times in which the world is gripped by coronavirus, SD Worx does not want to let this occasion pass unnoticed. 

Remarkable labour laws in Europe: how many do you know?

Every now and then, a new list of the world’s strangest labour laws is published. Common examples include China’s prohibition of women from doing physically demanding work, and Japan’s requirement for companies to measure their employees’ waistlines to monitor obesity. However, you don’t have to go that far away to find eyebrow-raising labour legislation. We’ve selected 8 examples – right from the heart of Europe. Can you connect each one to the right country?

International payroll
the four elements of Payroll Process

How to calculate, assess and control the TCO of your payroll

Optimising your payroll process is no luxury in times of economic turmoil. The first step: mapping out the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your payroll. This allows you to make good use of your resources, lend focused support to your team, streamline your operations and generate transparency in complex times. So, what exactly is the TCO of your payroll? Is there room for improvement? And if so, what can you do? Let us help you answer these questions.

HR management
Regular remote working will be part of the new normal. To make sure you reap all the benefits, follow these 5 steps.

Remote working is here to stay, so make it a win-win

The COVID-19 lockdown forced international companies to switch gears overnight: remote working was suddenly the norm. In most cases, the transition happened smoother than expected and significant benefits have now become apparent. Therefore, it’s likely that remote working is here to stay. Are you planning to offer regular remote working to your international workforce? Don’t forget that this implies a set of written and unwritten rules. Here’s a basic checklist.

International HR
HR insights: bridging the language gap in international employment

HR insights: bridging the language gap in international employment

Managing an international workforce involves various specialist tasks, such as declaring taxes to foreign administrations, monitoring complex labour laws and elaborating attractive reward systems. That’s why most companies outsource these error-prone tasks. Both local and global HR providers can make a big difference, but remember to make well-considered choices. If you’re looking to truly bridge literal and figurative language gaps, a global partner with vast local expertise is your go-to option. Here’s why.

HR management
Shaping HR strategy in growing businesses: 3 trends

Shaping HR strategy in growing businesses: 3 trends

Europe is home to millions of expanding businesses, which play an increasingly vital role in job creation, economic growth and innovative power. They have a lot to gain in the digital era – as long as their HR strategies keep pace with the dynamic needs of their employees. Explore three powerful HR trends that are poised to impact your international company, and learn how to tackle them.

HR management
Ramadan at work: embrace the cultural diversity of your workforce

Ramadan at work: embrace the cultural diversity of your workforce

Ramadan is from 24 April to 23 May 2020. Muslims all over the world fast for a month and there is no eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset. How do you, as an employer, take this into account in the workplace?

HR management

Four ways small business owners can benefit from dedicated HR providers

Whether a large multinational or a small business with fewer than 50 employees, investing in an HR and payroll offering can have a markedly positive impact on the business. In fact, small companies face many of the same challenges as larger organisations. From ensuring compliance to maintaining an efficient payroll procedure, there are a multitude of ways that small businesses can transform their HR and payroll operations. Here are four ways your business can benefit.

International payroll

Payroll must go on

Global Payroll Week is an annual opportunity to put the world of payroll in the spotlight. At SD Worx, we have relied on our payroll specialists during the past month more than ever before. Despite the unravelling pandemic and the most bizarre social circumstances we have faced in a long while, all salaries were processed smoothly and on time. That's quite a feat.

HR management
How corona-proof is your HR department? Get tips and take the test!

How corona-proof is your HR? Benefit from 4 best practices and take the test

While governments around the world pull out all the stops to slow the spread of the coronavirus, businesses – both big and small – continue to look for the best way to emerge from the crisis with their heads held high. Obviously, HR departments play a key role in fulfilling this aspiration. How well is yours doing? Take the test and benefit from 4 rules of thumb first.

International payroll

3 benefits of predictive analytics in payroll

Running global payroll for an organisation operating in multiple countries can, at times, become somewhat overwhelming. With various rules and regulations to comply with and huge data sets to handle, many payroll professionals would welcome a helping hand. Today, with advancements in HR and payroll technology, that hand doesn’t have to be human—in fact, embracing these technologies can unlock the power of payroll within an organisation.  

International HR
Payroll and HR admin in covid-19 times: serious repercussions and lack of uniformity across Europe

Payroll and HR admin in covid-19 times: serious repercussions and lack of uniformity across Europe

The coronavirus has brought our economy to a crawl. Internationally, governments are pulling out all the stops to support companies and citizens to reduce negative impact caused by this unprecedented crisis. This has serious repercussions for you as well as for your employees in terms of payroll and HR administration. These consequences have to do mainly with different tax and social law in the countries you operate.

International payroll

3 Ways to Power Your Payroll Performance with HR Technology

With the support of technology, HR and payroll professionals can rest assured that their employees are receiving the support they require and that their operations and processes are compliant around the globe. 
But, for many businesses it may be difficult to work out where to start when looking to invest in the technology that provides the right support for them and their employees. There are three key areas to consider when looking to power your payroll performance with HR technology. 

International Women’s Day: the state of gender parity in the workplace

International Women’s Day: the state of gender parity in the workplace

Equality equals prosperity. Or, in the words of the World Economic Forum: economies and societies can only thrive when they strive for gender parity on all levels. With International Women’s Day just around the corner, now is a good time to take stock of where we are in terms of gender equality in the workplace.

HR management

Putting People At The Heart of HR

Human Resources has always played a vital role in organisations around the world. However, throughout the long history of HR, its place in the business has often been reduced to an admin function. Primarily focusing on people and employees, an HR professional’s role has a direct impact on people’s lives, but its effect is felt way beyond this.

With it’s integral place within employees’ lives as well as the overall business strategy, how can HR ensure it’s strategic role continues to add value to organisations for years to come?

International payroll
Brexit: The End of the Beginning

Brexit: The End of the Beginning

More than three years after voting for Brexit, the United Kingdom finally left the European Union on 31 January 2020. This momentous event will have far-reaching consequences for businesses and individuals on both sides of the Channel - but not just yet. All those late-night negotiations in Brussels and political upheavals in Westminster have brought us only to what Winston Churchill, in a very different context, called ‘the end of the beginning’.

HR management
3 insights your HR data should tell you

3 insights your HR data should tell you

Human Resources is a data driven industry. With so much company and employee information available, the challenge for many HR professionals is how to utilise it most effectively. No organisation can survive without data, and its importance within the overall business strategy only continues to grow as we enter a new decade.

So, how can HR departments embrace and interpret their data, and what should they be looking for when they analyse it?

HR management

3 HR and Management Resolutions for 2020

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.

HR management
The Changing Workforce: top trends to improve employee engagement

The Changing Workforce: top trends to improve employee engagement

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.

International partnerships
SD Worx and Workday integration: a smooth experience for multi-country payroll

SD Worx and Workday integration: a smooth experience for multi-country payroll

You now can get the most out of your payroll and HR data in six European countries

As a Workday Global Payroll Partner, SD Worx enables multinational organisations to (more) effectively manage their global workforce and efficiently process payroll. In November 2019, we reached a new milestone: the integration between SD Worx payroll and Workday is now also up and running in Switzerland.

International payroll
Embracing the Age of Change in HR and Payroll

Embracing the Age of Change in HR and Payroll

Entering the second decade of the 21st century, the HR and payroll community have been overwhelmed by social and political changes affecting businesses worldwide, as well as the strong impact of technology in our daily and work lives.
What does the future of HR hold? The start of a new decade gives cause to reflect on what new advancements will occur in the HR and payroll industry.

International HR
Loosening the strings on HR and Payroll

Loosening the strings on HR and Payroll

With 2020 just around the corner, it’s that time of year to start looking ahead at what’s to come. But a new year doesn't necessarily bring about completely new trends. Rather it sees a continuation of developments, as well as shifts in certain areas to meet new requirements

Michael Custers

International payroll
Getting it Right: Small and Mighty Payroll

Getting it Right: Small and Mighty Payroll

There’s a common misconception that payroll offerings are only necessary when your organisation reaches a certain size. However, small companies should not overlook partnering with a payroll provider that fits their needs, especially when they’re looking to expand into new regions.

International HR
SD Worx Unleashes Global People Services across Europe

SD Worx Unleashes Global People Services across Europe

The SD Worx team has been busy! Not only did the team exhibit and present at UNLEASH Paris 2019, but we also launched our brand new Global People Services offering for the mid-sized market across Europe.
Global People Services is the first integrated HR and payroll service focusing on the mid-market in Europe.

3 ways HR can improve employee engagement

3 ways HR can improve employee engagement

There are countless benefits to ensuring that employees are engaged and happy. Engaged employees are more productive, communicate better, and are more invested in the success of the organisation, and that’s just the beginning. However, authentic employee engagement isn’t achieved overnight.

Helping employees deal with Brexit Uncertainty

Helping employees deal with Brexit uncertainty

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.

How no-deal Brexit will impact social security

How will a no-deal Brexit impact social security?

What will Brexit mean for the social security rights of UK nationals currently working in other EU states, and of nationals of the remaining 27 member states now in the UK? Will these cross-channel workers benefit, for example, from state pension contributions they made in the UK and vice versa if they return to their countries of origin?

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