Computer says No
No matter how modern , sophisticated ,waterproof ,fireproof , bulletproof and fool proof your computer may claim to be , we’ve all found ourselves in a scenario where hours of work seem to disappear, defying literally every logical solution you can muster in your new found fit of rage .
New research from Virgin Media Business shows that only 14% of SME's (employing up to 250 people) allow their staff to work flexibly or to work from home. This is significantly lower than the FTSE 100 companies where the figure is 69%.
In its survey of 5000 businesses the smaller firms reported that their main concerns revolved around teamwork and worker welfare. Of those questioned 43% feared that distributed teams are less effective resulting in isolation and stress for employees.
For small businesses, each area of work is proportionately more costly than for larger companies. This is just as true of payroll, which has statutory requirements and strict deadlines to meet each week or month. This is a constantly repeating task that can be costly in both time and money, not to mention the potential frustration.
Running a university is a daunting task and organising the wages department within it is just as challenging. Some universities in Britain have chosen to opt for payroll outsourcing instead; to professional payroll bureau services. The average university will have several thousand students spread around different schools on the campus. Typically the Student Union will have a bar, shop and cafe on the grounds. There is a restaurant and several cafes around the schools as well.
If you are running a small business that only employs a few people, then the chances are that you will have an in-house wages department and the payroll will be supervised by a wages clerk. Businesses taking out payroll in this way may be unaware that it can be made a much simpler process with the use of payroll outsourcing services.
It may be that you have recently decided to outsource your payroll to an outside agency or you have been with a particular payroll bureau for a longer while. It is an unfortunate fact that not every single payroll company will be able to provide the perfect service. You might feel that they are charging you too much for their services or that they are imposing a set system of working which may well operate fine with other companies but not with yours.