Having a payroll system of any type is not enough. A typical payroll system may fit well with your budget and complete most of your payroll tasks. Most of the organizations having payroll system or planning to purchase the same may be faced with certain issues like compatibility, security, etc…

On the basis of above concerns, below is list of 5 most important things to be considered while choosing a payroll system for any organization -

Security

No doubt, security is the single biggest concern with any payroll system. Say for example if you are using any payroll software, do you password protect it to restrict access? Do you define privileges to access the same? In case if are using any payroll service, are you aware of the data storage? What if system crashes? Is there any disaster recovery plan for the same ?

Compatibility

This is another major concern with any payroll software. A typical payroll software may or may not be compatible with any existing software which you may be using in your organization. It might not work well with your other business systems, like accounting and HR. Chances of integration with your existing business management software might be less or NIL. In such cases, organizations may consider purchasing all of their HR and Financial software from the same vendor thus enabling better integration between the systems. Same goes with any outsourced payroll service where you should know if it is easy for them to communicate with your in-house accountants and HR personnel.

Credibility

Ratings always help and if it is from trusted names like Standard ­& Poor’s or Moody’s then it does work work like anything. Software from a well known brand with a solid reputation should be preferred over any other brand.

Flexibilty

A payroll software should be flexible in the sense, it should be able to meet the present as well as future needs of an organization. A payroll software must grow with the growing business.

Control

This is another important thing to consider. We have seen in our earlier postings that a payroll software is not capable of accomplishing all tasks related to payroll. Manual interference is required at some point of time. Incase if you do not want to manage most of the things manually, will your payroll service be able to request a report, view payment histories and make real-time changes to employee wage information when necessary…!

So, here you go again with some vital things to consider with any payroll system. Anything ignored here may result in an error prone system which can lead to reduced productivity and thus hamper organizational growth in the long run. I am sure your organization doesn’t want the same to happen at any cost..finally, it is your decision..!