How to make your one-to-ones more productive
Having a one-to-one with your team members is vital to ensuring they feel valued. They’ll have the chance to address their concerns to you and understand their place in the organisation a little more. Our Head of HR, Fiona McKee, shares top tips on how to coordinate a productive one-to-one meeting with your team members.
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Implementing a Payroll Solution
Provided you’ve done the right research, implementing a new payroll solution will streamline your business and help you save the long run. But put the wrong payroll solution in place, or implement it in the wrong way, and you could end up having a bumpy road as you learn new systems which seem to delay your payroll rather than make it more efficient.
Is a storm on the horizon?
In this blog, our Head of Solutions, Rick Norgate, looks at the pros and cons of the cloud to really understand its impact in the future of business and GDPR.
AI and Tech fears? HR to play a pivotal role
Nobody is safe, according to many scientists and technology gurus. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots will soon to be able to do almost everything better than humans and will take over most jobs, including that of a doctor, lawyer and other professionals. Our Managing Director, Doug Sawers, shares his thoughts...
HR Tech World: Demos, discussions and… HARRI
HR Tech World Congress, the UK’s biggest annual HR technology show, took place at the ExCel in London last week with the theme of "The Future of Work". It was a fantastic two-day event attended by more than 3,500 exhibitors and delegates, with plenty of interesting speakers! Read our highlights from the event...
Brexit – what does it mean for Employment Law?
You will be aware that a great deal of our Employment Law is what we call “European law”. What will happen to those laws when we are no longer a member of the EU?
“Revolution in the Clouds” – Streamlining the Process of Delivering Software Upgrades
The global cloud-based payroll market is growing and will post an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 7% by 2020, according to analyst, Technavio, which finds that the benefit of “cloud over on-premises solutions is a key factor leading to the moderate growth of this market over the next four years.”
April 2017; where the work of preparation begins
2017 is going to be both interesting & challenging. With Brexit and changing government leadership much is to be done and quickly. Now is the time for the business to come together and plan for change...
Technology in the workplace; what happens when it’s the focus?
Technology in the workplace is not a new phenomenon but a continuous drive towards automation which has been taking place to varying degrees since the rise of Manchester Capitalism and the Industrial Revolution. As such, there is much we can learn from history regarding the nature of work...
Say goodbye to payroll pitfalls: Going global in 2017
As the business world becomes ever more disparate and global, it comes as no surprise that managing payroll across multiple markets is presenting more challenges than ever before. To delve into the issues at hand, our SD Worx Global solution and services team recently conducted pan-European research to gauge a better understanding of the key payroll challenges impacting modern multinationals, as well as the changes that industry professionals want to see in the New Year.
Are we there yet? Reflection of 2016’s Payroll Services
The year 2016 has been a fairly strange one; the UK voted to leave the European Union, David Cameron resigned, we had our second female prime minister, many ministerial heads shuffled, the pound crashed, stock markets went up at their highest and Lynn Homer of HMRC retired! There is much to do to progress Britain into prosperity for the future...
The Rise of the Robots
As we have seen in the news this week robotics and AI are quickly becoming a real thing in both business and the home. In the next few years we will see more and more of this type of technology taking on more and more of the administrative type roles in businesses around the world. In this blog, I share my thoughts on this trend and some of my very own personal experiences...
Don’t work harder, work smarter: Why 2017 will be the year of global payroll
2016 has been an eventful year, with lots of social and political change occurring around the world. Change, of course, can be a great thing – it can bring new perspective and a fresh outlook, something which also holds true in the context of business and HR. And with the New Year fast approaching, now is an opportune time to start planning.
Vlog - HR Tech World Paris 2016
We were delighted to exhibit at HR Tech World 2016 in Paris. Check out our short video here to get a flavour of this successful event.
Four payroll plans to focus on in 2017
Payroll is a standard pillar that all businesses need to get right in order to avoid inefficiency and increased costs. Despite this, many organisations are still working with outdated and ineffective payroll systems that eat into valuable HR time, and business profit. So if you’re a payroll or HR professional with a plan to streamline costs and processes in 2017 but don’t know where to begin, here are four key things to help you get the New Year off to a good start...
Prepared & Proactive? HR & its Role in the Future of Work
Never before has it been more vital for businesses to optimise the ideas, strengths and skills of their entire workforce – and of others within their industry and beyond. Is it time for HR to become more proactive? Hear Doug's thoughts, MD of SD Wrox UK & Ireland, on HR and its role in the future of work.
Why it’s time for payroll to get into analytics
Step back in time five years and you would struggle to move for articles and white papers on big data and analytics. These were the hottest topics in technology and the excitement surrounding them was at its peak. Last year, analyst Gartner dropped its hype cycle for Big Data, confirming in an article, entitled: The Demise of Big Data, Its Lessons and the State of Things to Come” that “we did it to move the big data discussion past hype and into practice”. Certainly when it comes to the HR arena, big data and the analytics tools that can be built on top of it are now in a maturing phase.
An “Evergreen” contract
Many contracts come into force, do their job and then expire without anyone giving them much thought. But commercial contracts usually need a bit of thought around when they will start and how long they will last. But what exactly is an “Evergreen” contract?
Serious threat to Cash or Benefit arrangements
In August 2016, HMRC launched a ‘Consultation on salary sacrifice for the provision of benefits in kind’. The indication is to bring in law changes from April 2017. Salary sacrifice/exchange, flexible benefit schemes have all grown aggressively over the past few years... But what is a salary sacrifice? And does it impact anything else? Read my thoughts on the matter in this blog...
What is the impact of an acquisition on my existing contract?
Often once the deal is done you can’t see the lawyers for dust, so if you receive notice from a supplier or customer that they have been acquired, or if you have been acquired yourself, what do you need to do to keep your current contracts in order?