The must-have feature for a busy payroll processor
Are you looking to cut down on the time you spend processing payroll for your clients? While this might be something every payroll processor wants, often times it’s not realised. By the time you’ve entered in all the data, double-checked and triple-checked that it’s all correct, hours have gone by, and you haven’t managed to save time anywhere. This is the reality for many accountants and bookkeepers and unfortunately for them, they continue in this cycle for far longer than necessary.
One of the main ways you can improve the efficiency of your payroll process is through your payroll software. Your payroll software is the backbone of your payroll services and can either improve how you get your work done or in the end, hold you back.
What takes up most of your time?
We recently asked payroll processors what takes up most of their time. By far the biggest obstacle to having a smooth payroll process was client communications. The never-ending back-and-forth with clients can cause continuous delays to processing payroll.
With BrightPay Connect, the optional cloud add-on to BrightPay, a desktop-based payroll software, you have access to a number of useful features that can help improve client communications and overall, reduce the amount of time you’re spending on payroll. BrightPay Connect is a must-have for any busy payroll processor.
Work with your clients on payroll:
It doesn’t always have to feel like a battle trying to get payroll completed on time. What if you could work more easily with your client and even get them to take on more responsibility. This is possible with BrightPay Connect. Your clients will have their own employer dashboard on BrightPay Connect where they can view payroll data and complete several payroll-related tasks.
One of the more onerous tasks they can complete through the dashboard is entering and approving payroll data. BrightPay Connect includes Client Payroll Entry and Approval functionality. By using the Client Payroll Entry system, you can request your client to securely enter their employees’ hours on their employer dashboard. This means, that each pay period, you can save hours on this task alone. Your clients can also add new starters through the payroll entry feature. All of this information will then flow automatically through to your portal, allowing you to use the most up-to-date information to process the payroll.
The client approval request is the second part of this feature and helps prevent any mistakes from being made. With this feature, you can send your clients a payroll summary before you finalise the payroll. On their dashboard, your client can then review and approve the payroll. Once approved, you can then finalise the payroll with 100% confidence that it is correct.
Overall, this process increases payroll accuracy, saves you hours of time, and improves how you communicate with your clients. The client payroll entry and payroll approval features are built to seamlessly work together. However, you can use these features separate if you prefer. For example, you may wish to only use the payroll approval feature with certain clients and both payroll entry and approval with other clients.
From faster data entry and increased transparency to improved GDPR compliancy and seamless integration, BrightPay Connect has many benefits for your payroll services. To discover more about BrightPay Connect book a free 15-minute BrightPay Connect demo or download a free 60-day trial of the software.
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