The Top 11 Payroll Pain Points and How to Solve Them: Part I

June 8, 2021

At a glance:

  • The Main Takeaway: Though administering payroll can be cumbersome, having a streamlined, error-free process is essential to attracting and retaining talented employees.
  • Impact on Your Business: By getting bogged down by common pain points, your business risks losing staff and taking a hit to your bottom line.
  • Next Steps: Check out Part I of our blog series for five tips to help you resolve payroll pain points, from administrative issues to recordkeeping challenges.

Want to partner with an expert that has your back when it comes to payroll distribution and compliance? Contact Aprio’s People Advisory Services team today.

The full story:

Payroll: it’s a love/hate relationship for many business owners. It’s a critical activity for serving your employees, but the process is notoriously cumbersome.

In the first segment of our three-part series, we cover the most prevalent payroll pain points businesses face — and more importantly, how to solve them.

1. Manual administrative processes

The individual in charge of processing payroll usually suffers from administrative overload. This includes collecting hourly information from employees, filling out paperwork for new hires, calculating each payroll cycle and organizing information.

2. Lack of focused internal experts

Larger companies can afford to staff a payroll expert, but that’s a luxury that typically isn’t available to small businesses, which means most hire an offsite specialist who isn’t connected to the broader organization.

3. Cumbersome salary calculations

Nobody enjoys figuring out how to pay a prorated salary or paid time off — let alone identifying and administering payroll deductions.

4. Compliance issues

When is payroll required? What taxes does your organization pay, and when should you pay them? What accounts should your business establish? When are final payments due to a terminated employee? These are just a few of the questions you need to answer to establish payroll compliance.

5. Recordkeeping challenges

All businesses are required to keep records of their employees’ salaries and deductions for up to five years or longer. This process can become complex quickly when you must deal with missing data, calculation errors and inaccessibility to necessary documents.

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The bottom line

At Aprio, our People Advisory Services team provides expertise in the areas we covered above and can manage your payroll and HR function while mitigating employment risk. Tune in for Parts II and III of our series (coming soon) — and in the meantime, contact our team if you need assistance today.

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Mitchell Nelson

I provide advisory and digital transformation and IT solutions to businesses of all sizes — from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. I advise C-level executives and key business decision-makers, as well as technology, sales and marketing professionals. My solutions are relevant to any industry, but I primarily focus on the healthcare, financial services, consumer goods, manufacturing and retail sectors.