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What matters most to employees regarding payroll

What matters most to employees regarding payroll?

POLL: Has your organization paid any employees late or incorrectly at least once during the past year?

    22% of employees were paid late on several occasions over the past year, while 34% noticed errors in their salary calculations.


      In any organization, payroll systems directly impact employee satisfaction and retention. Yet alarmingly, many companies continue to struggle with payroll fundamentals. Even in 2024, a significant portion of the workforce faces delayed payments and incorrect salary calculations, leading to concrete effects on employee turnover. Our research indicates that 29% of employees who were paid late several times in the past year are actively looking for new jobs, compared to only 10% of those who were always paid on time. Similarly, 25% of employees who experienced payment inaccuracies during the past year are job hunting, versus 9% of their counterparts who received accurate paychecks. This highlights a critical link between payroll efficiency and talent retention. 

      The impact of negative pay experience

      Payroll errors extend beyond inconvenience; they induce stress and erode trust, particularly in challenging economic times. With only 31% of employees feeling adequately compensated for inflation, discontent regarding compensation deepens, further diminishing workplace engagement and productivity, and exacerbating turnover rates. 

      Reliable income is crucial for psychological wellbeing, providing a sense of security essential for meeting life's basic needs. When payroll issues threaten this security, the impact is profound. A delayed or incorrect paycheck taps into primal fears about survival and safety, drastically affecting an employee's mental health and job satisfaction.  This insight underscores the imperative for HR departments to prioritize payroll accuracy, recognizing its pivotal role not only in financial matters but also in safeguarding employee well-being. 

        Andrea Eschle
        25% of employees who experienced payment inaccuracies during the past year are job hunting, versus 9% of their counterparts who received accurate paychecks. This highlights a critical link between payroll efficiency and talent retention.
        Andrea Eschle
        Andrea Eschle, Products

        Meeting employee needs through payroll 

        To address these employee-centric payroll needs, fostering a self-service culture in payroll administration can be game-changing. Empowering employees to manage leave requests, expenses, and inquiries enhances convenience and satisfaction, contributing to a positive employee experience. Moreover, providing prompt and accurate responses to payroll queries is vital for building trust and satisfaction. 

        Despite the allure of advanced payroll technologies, the primary need for employees remains straightforward: to be paid correctly and on time. Our research further reveals that job seekers still prioritize salary most highly by a significant margin, followed by job security and financial stability in second place. Furthermore, transparent communication and clarity in payroll calculations is crucial, but so is clearly communicating the outcome – the paystub – in a visually appealing and understandable way. By investing in a clear paystub and involving employees in the verification process, you can foster transparency and reduce misunderstandings. 

        Before adopting complex payroll systems, companies must perfect these basic yet crucial aspects of payroll processes. Ensuring payroll accuracy and timeliness is the first step toward building trust and retaining talent. Ultimately, successful payroll management is not just about paying employees; it's about valuing them correctly and consistently. 

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            Andrea Eschle

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