Modern HR has and continues to be a foundational piece of any good business strategy. While filling staff positions and ensuring workplace compliance have always been integral to the success of organizations, the human resources department is becoming an increasingly strategic unit.
HR leaders are responsible for not only hiring but ensuring that they fill positions with people are a good fit for the company’s culture and can support the objectives and goals of the organizations, not just fulfill the job requirements.
HR automation has been beneficial in helping HR more effectively reach their goals. Payroll automation specifically has helped businesses better manage their budget, reduce payroll errors, ensure compliance, and improve the employee experience.
Here are some of the benefits that businesses using payroll automation in their HR processes can see.
1. Reduced compliance risk
Businesses need to pay a certain about of taxes for every employee and automated payroll helps ensure that the correct amount is being withheld from both the employee and employer. When tax codes change, payroll automation systems can help account for those changes automatically.
2. Streamlined payroll operations
Payroll automation helps HR and accounting work better together, not to mention helps simplify the process of employees getting paid the correct amount at the correct time every payroll cycle.
3. Better timekeeping processing
Many payroll automation software systems offer built-in time tracking features that can reduce errors associated with employee timekeeping.
With less manual input and more streamlined systems that enable timeclock systems to directly interface with payroll software, businesses can rely on the automation of information driving some previously more labor-intensive processes.
5. Reduced costs
It can be frustrating for some business owners to think about paying people for the job of making sure the rest of the staff gets paid. Less manual work can lead to fewer staff costs reduced budget spent on correcting mistakes.
6. Staff efficiency
Some small businesses don’t have a full HR team and their HR staff handles everything from payroll to HR onboarding to recruitment and training. For those teams, using automated processes wherever possible can keep your HR team on track.
7. Improved accuracy
Payroll needs to be accurate for a number of reasons, tax compliance and employee satisfaction chief among them. When you remove the manual processes involved in payroll, the accuracy of your process is also improved, saving your team the hassle of correcting mistakes and can positively impact your bottom line.
Implementing payroll automation into your human resources department could be the best decision you ever made. Knowing the benefits and the pros and cons of various tools can help you make this critical decision for your business.