By Steve Bogner and Nina Scott
Payroll InsightsOct 16, 2023
Best Practices for Payroll System Implementation
Companies don't implement payroll systems all that often, but when they do it is a critical endeavor. And complicated. Steve Bogner and Nina Scott share their advice for how to successfully implement your new payroll system.
Deductions and Deposits Galore!
We're back! How do you handle requests for adding voluntary payroll deductions? Do you - should you - limit the number of direct deposits an employee can have? Steve Bogner and Nina Scott explore, discuss and share their views on the best way for companies to proceed in this area.
Improving Payroll Stability
So many people rely on the payrolls you produce, so how can you increase the stability of your payroll? It's an important question, and one that we have ideas and opinions about! There are a number of facets to the discussion, both procedural and technical. Join Steve Bogner and Nina Scott on this fascinating, riveting and enlightening payroll podcast!
The Boundaries of Payroll
Where does Payroll start, and end? What does it own - policy vs administration? There are a number of ways to look at the boundaries of what is, and is not Payroll. It's good reflect on it - you don't want Payroll to end up owning things it's not really responsible for. And it's not always easy to determine and enforce these boundaries. But Steve and Nina have some tips and experience to share - hopefully it helps!
Perspectives on Payroll Productivity
How do you measure productivity in payroll? How do you know you're being efficient with resources? Payroll costs are often a focus area for companies, and measuring it can get complicated. Steve Bogner and Nina Scott share their perspectives on this topic, and a bit more! Let us know what you think - reach out to us on LinkedIn and leave some feedback!
Managing Your Payroll Supplier
Every company has a payroll software or service provider. Managing that relationship is critical to the success of your payroll function, and success doesn't just happen. You have to approach the relationship the right way to get value from it. In this podcast Steve Bogner and Nina Scott share their advice for managing your payroll software and service provider relationships.
It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Year End!
It's time to start planning your year-end activities! Yes, already, in October. Join Steve Bogner and Nina Scott to get their proven tips for successful year-end payroll processing. And let us know if you have anything to add - share with us on LinkedIn or give us an email!
All About Payroll Audits
Payroll gets audited by so many different groups so it pays to get good at it! Steve Bogner and Nina Scott share their tips for getting and staying prepared for audits, responding to them and learning from them.
Tips for Handling Payroll Issues
Payroll issues and problems - everyone has them at one point or another. Even the best-run payroll departments. So then - what are some good ways to handle them so that the impact is minimized and employees are made whole? Steve Bogner and Nina Scott have some suggestions! Join us to learn more.
Industry-Specific Payrolls - Challenges and Solutions
Payroll isn't 'just' payroll, in some respects. There is a lot of variation in some industry-specific applications - like Higher Education, Hospitals, Construction, Government Contracting and more. What makes some of these special? And how do they impact how you choose systems and staff? Steve Bogner, Nina Scott and Lisa Teague take all of that on in this episode of Payroll Insights - enjoy!
Delivering With the End in Mind
In this Payroll insights episode Steve Bogner and Nina Scott are joined by Henry Colvin to talk about his concept of delivering payroll projects with the end in mind. What does this mean? What are the impacts? Why even do this? Join us to find out - we think you will find that delivering with the end in mind is a great way to add value to your projects. Learn more about Steve Bogner at insightcp.com and Nina Scott at omniagp.com
Tips for Success in Payroll Outsourcing
Steve Bogner and Nina Scott dive into the big topic of payroll outsourcing. Is it right for you? Does it really save money? What are the benefits - and liabilities? It's a big topic and we cover a lot of points in this half hour podcast - enjoy!
Steve Bogner: insightcp.com - @SteveBogner on Twitter and LinkedIn
Nina Scott: omniagp.com - Nina-Scott-MBA-CPP on LinkedIn
Establish and Maintain Global Compliance for Payroll
Compliance for global or multi-country payroll organizations can be very challenging. Join Steve Bogner, Nina Scott and Lisa Teague to learn how they have approached this with customers, what works well and not so well. Have questions or feedback for us? Connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn and let us know!
Managing Relationships With Payroll Service Providers
Steve Bogner and Nina Scott share their experiences and practices for managing relationships with your payroll service providers. Most companies outsource some or all of their processes to specialized providers. Making these arrangements successful does take some work - having the same mutual expectations for services, tracking to a service level agreement, putting effort into governance and partnership instead of approaching it as a simple vendor relationship, looking out for data privacy and more. It's all important, and it all takes some effort! And it's effort we'll invested.
You can find Steve Bogner and Nina Scott on LinkedIn, and though Steve is on Twitter @SteveBogner, Nina is more focused on LinkedIn. Let us know if you have feedback one this or any episode, or if you want to see us address a specific topic in a future podcast!
Better Handling of Amended Payroll Returns
Jim Kohl (@TheJimKohl) of Check joins Steve Bogner (@SteveBogner) of Insight Consulting Partners to share tips and good practices for minimizing and handling amended payroll returns. We all know amendments are going to happen, so implementing good practices to minimize them is critical!
Setting Expectations for Payroll Projects
Setting the right expectations for payroll project work is one of the most important success factors you can control. From having the right subject matter experts, IT resources and other resources to choosing the right timeline and scope - there are a lot of important points to consider. Joining Steve Bogner and Nina Scott for this one is Michelle Quinlan – VP Financial Planning and Enterprise Applications Suffolk University. Michelle's depth of experience adds a great perspective to the podcast - we hope you enjoy!
Ensure Payroll Quality Through Auditing
Payroll auditing is one of those things we all know we should do, but do we actually do it well enough? Steve Bogner and Nina Scott tackle that and more in this episode - what is payroll auditing anyway? Why do we do it? What are some tools and technology to help? How does it change over time? Who needs to be involved and what are the skillsets?
Making Your New Payroll System Implementation a Success!
So much about successful payroll system implementations isn't really about the payroll technology. After all, there are many payroll systems that can get the job done. True success depends on people - get the right people! - and on how you structure and manage the implementation project.
Learn more about Steve Bogner at insightcp.com and Nina Scott at omniagp.com
Developing the Next Generation of Payroll Managers
How do we develop the next generation of payroll managers? How does leadership in payroll look now, how does it develop? If you want to become a payroll manager or leader, or if you are a director over payroll and wanting to develop your next generation of payroll leaders then this is a podcast for you!
Innovation in Payroll
Steve Bogner and Nina Scott talk this time about innovation in payroll. What is it, how can you do it, what are some tips and advice and more!
All About Global Payroll Systems
What is a global payroll system? Is that the right approach for your company? How can you be successful with one? What if it's not right for your company? Steve Bogner and Nina Scott are joined by Lisa Teague to discuss all of this - and hopefully give some useful advice for evaluating global payroll systems selection and implementation.
Who Needs Change Management?
What to look for in your Payroll system implementor
Implementing a new payroll system is a big deal, and having the right implementation consultant for your company is a key success factor. But how do you know which one is right for you? What do you look for? Steve Bogner and Nina Scott discuss this and more in this Payroll Insights podcast!
Disaster Planning and Recovery for Payroll
Jim Kohl from Check joins Steve Bogner and Nina Scott again for a discussion on disaster planning and recovery for payroll. There is more to the idea than just knowing how to get your payroll system back up! We talk about the people aspect of it, on-premise systems vs cloud system, and the role partners play in ensuring you can get payroll done. We also come to the conclusion that these days, the most likely disaster companies will have to plan for isn't a natural one - it's about their systems getting hacked.
Emerging Payroll Tech and Trends with Jim Kohl of Check
Jim Kohl of Check (checkhq.com) joins Steve Bogner and Nina Scott for a discussion on emerging technology and trends in payroll. Jim is in charge of payroll at Check, a new and innovative cloud-based payroll platform. We talk about implementations, APIs, embedded software, specialization, on-demand pay, payment delivery and more in this one.
Do We Need a Global Payroll?
If you have a company operating in several countries, do you really need a global approach to payroll? Maybe, maybe not. Join Steve Bogner, Nina Scott and special guest Lisa Teague to learn more about global payroll and if it might benefit your company.
Payroll in the Summer Time
Summer can be a slower time for Payroll, compare to year-end. So then hat can we do in this slower time aside from taking vacations? We can get ready for the busy year-end times! Steve Bogner and Nina Scot share their advice for making the most of this time for payroll departments.
Exploring Payroll in Higher Education
Running payroll in Higher Education organizations has some special challenges. Jessica Catano of Babson College joins Steve Bogner and Nina Scott to explore these topics and offer some helpful ideas on improving payroll.
Prepare for a Successful Payroll System Implementation
In this episode Steve Bogner and Nina Scott share all their secrets for preparing for a payroll system implementation. Implementation starts before the implementation project begins - and we share all our tips and practices for doing that. This one is a bit longer than normal, but it's packed with all sorts of good stuff so we couldn't imagine cutting things out of it!
Let us know what you think - and let us know if you would add anything to our recommendations! Find us on LinkedIn, or follow Steve on Twitter at @SteveBogner
Proven Practices to Improve Your Payroll
Steve Bogner and Nina Scott return to share their proven practices to improve your payroll. Leave us a note if you have some to add too!
Payroll Outsourcing - Buyer Be Aware!
Many companies do some level of outsourcing in payroll, in whole or a couple processes. And, many companies get surprised in that journey. Steve Bogner and Nina Scott are here to help you see more clearly what payroll outsourcing can and can't do for you! Not every company will arrive at the same decision, but hopefully we show you a way to make the right decision for you. Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveBogner or at insightcp.com and Nina at omniagp.com
Where Does Payroll Belong?
In this episode, Steve Bogner and Nina Scott talk about whether Payroll should report to HR or Finance. THat's where it starts - and then branches into the changing boundaries of Payroll - with HR, Finance and IT specifically. In the end, maybe it doesn't matter so much where Payroll fits into an organization so much as the process for determining where to place it.
What Makes a Good Payroll Manager?
Steve Bogner and Nina Scott are back with guest Lisa Teague to talk about what makes a good payroll manager. Is it in-depth knowledge about compliance and controls? Are they experts in a particular payroll technology platform? Is it all about payroll process and operations expertise? Each of us had our own views on this - and hopefully we share some valuable insights for our listeners.
Steve and Nina are payroll professionals who have worked together and apart on all sorts of payroll projects, systems, and types of companies. Learn more about Steve Bogner of Insight Consulting Partners at insightcp.com and on Twitter @SteveBogner. Follow Nina Scott (and Lisa Teague) at Omnia Global Partners - omniagp.com
The New World of Payroll - Smarter Systems
In this inaugural episode of the Payroll Insights podcast join Steve Bogner and Nina Scott to learn about how payroll professionals need to respond to and change in order to make the most of the new generation of smarter payroll systems. Smarter systems mean we have to also work smarter before, during and after implementation.
Steve and Nina are payroll professionals who have worked together and apart on all sorts of payroll projects, systems, and types of companies. Learn more about Steve Bogner of Insight Consulting Partners at insightcp.com and on Twitter @SteveBogner. Follow Nina Scott at Omnia Global Partners - omniagp.com