Here’s how “the cloud” could transform your HR and payroll management

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 17 Oct. 2014

Tags: hr and payroll management, payroll management, payroll, cloud computing and payroll management

You’re concerned about your company’s payroll – especially when you hear horror stories about payroll fraud and how it could sink your company.

As a result, you’re always searching for effective ways to help you with payroll management. But you haven’t found anything useful lately.

What if we told you we may have found something tangible for you?

Take a break from your search and read on to find out how “the cloud” could transform your HR and payroll management.

“The cloud” could change your HR and payroll management for the better

According to, in the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive.
The good news is cloud computing can make your payroll management more effective.
Managing director at Sage VIP and Sage Pastel Payroll, Anton van Heerden, says, affordable and hassle-free software solutions are available with no annual licence fees or upfront costs.
This, according to Van Heerden means, you don’t need to dip into your budget to afford a powerful, modern payroll and HR solution.
“Cloud apps are convenient, powerful and flexible enough to support the needs of any business, regardless of size,” he says.
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Here are two ways “the cloud” could transform your HR and payroll management

1. Employee self-service
Employees live on their smart phones, so it makes sense to deliver company information and services to these devices.
Van Heerden says you must seek out HR cloud solutions that offer employee self-service functionality. These solutions empower employees by enabling them to, among others:
  • Apply for leave;
  • File business travel expenses; and
  • Update their personal information from their computers, smart phones or tablets.
Employee self-service isn’t just convenient for the employee. It saves you and your HR department a great deal of paperwork and time too.
2. Service mash-ups
Many payroll and HR cloud solutions can integrate with a range of online services that add to functionality, for example, bank account validations and ID verifications.
According to Van Heerden, this allows you to ensure that the ID number and banking details you have for an employee are valid and correct via a payroll application. These services are especially useful if you use electronic services to pay salaries. It will help you reduce errors and ensure you’re paying salaries into the correct accounts.
Now that you have this information, consider “the cloud” when it comes to your HR and payroll management.
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