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Often the intersection between HR and payroll lies in the fact that they’re housed within the same department, led by a CHRO or HR director. It is obvious why they are together – they are “cost centers” tasked with employee needs. Makes sense, but running payroll requires a significantly different set of skills than HR leaders typically have.
Obviously HR holds a valuable role in the organization’s business functions, acting as a resource and strategic business partner to the entire company. So too does payroll – making sure everyone gets paid smoothly and that benefits are covered. Everyone assumes that payroll just works…until it doesn’t, and you’re sure to have an HR nightmare on your hands if it doesn’t.
Whether you already have your position or if you are looking for your next HR or payroll opportunity, it’s important to ask the right questions so you don’t end up miserable or worse. Asking the following questions can help ensure that this opportunity is the right one for you. They will give you a deeper understanding of the organization and the position – and if they fit what you’re looking for.
There are over 2,000 employee engagement services in the market today – so if you think employee engagement is a fad you should reconsider. Pick up any human resource publication or search for hundreds of blogs to find articles on this topic. Employee engagement is here to stay. With the right planning, you can build up your organization and your career.
When you submit your HR/payroll resume online, a real person will look at it… right? I mean surely, after you take the time to answer the questions, submit a personal cover letter, etc. the organization will take at least some time to review your qualifications for their HR or payroll position… correct? Not necessarily as more and more companies are using applicant-tracking systems (ATS) to automatically sort through online applications.
If you get called into an HR/payroll interview, there are a lot of things you cannot control, from your own experience to the biases of those interviewing you. There are things you can control, however – here are a few tips to get yourself a leg up on the next HR/payroll position you pursue.
When was the last time you took a moment to take stock of your relationships? Taking a step back and being introspective helps you repair a situation or move away from one that’s unhealthy. You should do this in a variety of areas in your life, but specifically with your own HR/payroll career. You may find that you’re right where you need to be, need a few tweaks, or are miles away from the ideal… but take time to ask yourself some tough questions.
You’ve gone through the application process… waited by the phone… taken interviews… waited by the phone… When you finally get that HR or payroll job offer, take a breath, pat yourself on the back, and take your time with an answer. Even if you are 99.99% sure you want the job, don’t be afraid to say – “Before I take this HR/payroll job, it’s my turn to think, take a minute, and get back to you.”
*This post originally appeared in CSHRM’s monthly newsletter announcing the programming for the newly formed HR Tech SIG.*
In 2017, CSHRM will be launching an exciting initiative we call the HR Tech Special Interest Group, or HR Tech SIG. The team leading the initiative includes Michelle Salis, Kevin DeLury, Mike Medoro, and myself. We’ve tasked ourselves with a mission “to provide a forum to the local HR community on the latest HR technology including best practices, trends and systems.”
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