Posts Tagged ‘payroll’
Do you view your job as scientific? Many human resources professionals often see their roles as administrative, tedious, maybe even strategic… but rarely scientific. Human Resources and payroll are often perceived as straightforward and maybe even rigid, but can we really be taken over by the rise of technology solutions? More and more, artificial intelligence is positioning to take over HR jobs. So, what can you as an HR or payroll professional do to stay in front of the next systems upgrade?
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.
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.
Want to know one of the easiest ways to predict the success (or failure) of an HR consulting project before it even officially begins? Look at the project team. Who’s on it and what is their commitment to the HR project as a whole? Implementing a new HR and payroll system is no easy feat. The project comes with a myriad of twists and turns. Building a team that is knowledgeable, capable, and hardworking is one of the key components to a successful implementation or activation.
Last night the voices of the nation proved the media and election polls wrong. For many the election of Donald Trump to the presidency signaled a call for change. What happens now is a nation that proved itself significantly divided, but ready for a major shake-up, will begin to repair itself and wait to see what January 2017 brings.
We are a nation of amazing people. Each one of us is a little different, but it is when the people of this nation unite that we are at our best. Right now half of our country feels raw, but it is up to us as individuals and as a nation to work together towards making our country stronger and once again unified. It is up to us in HR to ensure all employees feel safe at work and not discriminated against.
I recently caught up watching Game of Thrones. Most everyone knows that the HBO show Game of Thrones, based on a series of books by George R.R. Martin, follows a multitude of story lines across the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos. It’s a world with dragons, beheadings, and exciting and yes, bizarre story lines. So how am I going to connect Game of Thrones to the payroll world?
Core to the show is Jon Snow’s warning that “winter is coming.” Of course this resonates in early November in the Midwest, as both the anticipated cold air and the early holiday decorations reveal.