Recent researches have shown that workers who feel in control of their work patterns, and thus their work-life balance, experience improved rest and sleep patterns, lower blood pressure, less stress, and all round better physical and mental health. This makes for a healthy, contented workforce, lower absence rates due to health or childcare issues, higher morale and team spirit, and better productivity. Everyone wins.
However, flexible working entails irregular shift patterns over days or weeks, and there is no denying this places an added burden on staff responsible for administering payroll services. Timesheets, pay rates, and allowable expenses for things like travel, meals, overnight stays, and working-from-home re-imbursements, all need to be carefully logged, scrutinized, calculated and approved. Payroll bureau administrators have always needed specialist skills, and today these must be constantly updated to keep abreast of ever-changing circumstances and regulations. Businesses with an in-house payroll department must allow for regular staff training, as well as experienced qualified back-up for both planned and unexpected absences.
It's not surprising, therefore, that many businesses are now finding that, rather than employ their own specialist payroll staff, it is far more efficient, reliable and cost-effective to use payroll outsourcing services such as we offer here at Dataplan Payroll.