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What is innovative payroll and why do you need it?

Until recently, payroll has not been given high strategic importance and so has never needed to be particularly innovative. The modern, fast-evolving workforce is now driving significant changes to this status quo however, with both managers and employees looking to embrace disruptive technology that helps the business to innovate and transform.

Key technology for the future Payroll & HR function

Our recent report looking at The Workforce of the Future reveals enlightening predictions from senior industry professionals on the social and economic shifts organisations will need to embrace by 2025. 

It’s time to review your payroll strategy

Senior professionals predict major changes to the workforce by 2025. According to our research The Workforce of the Future, working part-time, freelance or being able to choose hours/days will be favoured over traditional working styles. Employees will expect more support and advice on financial matters, and Payroll and HR will align more closely to provide this. Payroll will become much more influential in attracting and retaining employees. As a result, 78% of professionals say that payroll needs to evolve and innovate, and technology will be key. 

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Debunking the myths of payroll outsourcing

Misconceptions around payroll outsourcing could be holding back your business. Our clients find that taking the step to outsource pays them back dividends, driving productivity and giving payroll teams the opportunity to focus on strategic rather than tactical initiatives. We understand that payroll outsourcing can be a daunting topic, so we have debunked some of the most common myths to help you make informed choices about your payroll strategy.

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Out of office: How to prepare for holiday leave this summer

With summer just around the corner, businesses face the inevitable yearly challenge of balancing an influx of annual leave requests with keeping the company running at full capacity. Absence management is a vital, yet often overlooked part of running a business – get it wrong and the impact of summer holidays can last all year round.

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Payroll of the future: personalised technology

A recent ‘Workplace of the Future’ survey of 250 industry professionals revealed that 88% of CFOs and CHROs expect an increase in payroll technology investment by 2025. Why? The world of work is changing rapidly and to prepare for the workforce of the future, businesses must start adapting, quickly.

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Strategic data: unlocking HR's secret weapon

Businesses are failing to recognise the importance of data managed by HR teams. Equally HR professionals are not yet skilled enough in data to harness its power and help secure their future strategic function within an organisation. Something has to change.

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So Much More Than Payroll: Employer Responsibility in the Modern Workforce

News of poor payroll can spread like wildfire. The sign of a good payroll function is often that it takes place quietly in the background. If it goes wrong however, it can have a catastrophic impact on both employees and the business as a whole.

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A wake-up call from the future

Everyone remembers the technology from their youth, in my case the 80’s and 90’s. I grew up with mobile phones becoming a must have commodity, with the accompanying generation of speed texters. I also grew up with the emergence of the first affordable home PC, allowing me and my friends the opportunity to explore that new ‘thing’ called the internet.

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The Living Wage: Engagement, Efficiency and Empowerment

I just don’t understand why organisations do not see the Living Wage, and I mean the Living Wage, NOT the government’s rebranded minimum wage (National Living Wage), as an *opportunity*. This is an opportunity to increase “engagement”, “efficiency” and to “empower” employees. Yet far too many organisations just see it as yet another cost they have to accommodate.

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Let us tell you a beeautiful story...

SD Worx are proud to support We Love MCR charity, via the purchase of our very own bee, at the recent Bee in the City Auction! 

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Using Analytics and AI to Build a Better HR Strategy

More than anything, this year’s data highlights the need for a new and more agile approach to HR. Conservative strategies simply aren’t going to cut it going forwards, because by the time the ink is dry, things will have moved on. Increasing business agility is now the #2 business driver for 86% of HR professionals, second only to increasing performance and profitability.

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Where to start when implementing a T&A system - Part 1

This article covers all aspects of T&A functionality ranging from how to create effective workload plans, building rosters, collecting and validating variable time information, implementing business and legislative validation, and finally ensuring correct payments to employees by integrating with an industry-leading payroll solution.


Why Payroll should embrace disruptive technology

‘Disruptive’ technology is technology that replaces old ways of doing things. For example, the smartphone has revolutionised the way we interact with friends, family, institutions & media. When SD Worx launched online payslips in 1999 this was met with concern around security & access. Fast-forward to 2018, and no credible provider is without a mobile payslip. In short the smartphone has disrupted the market and most people have moved on from paper.

 

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Pick n Mix - How to reward your employees! Part 2

How do UK businesses tend to approach reward currently? Is there a shift in approach and if so, what is causing this?

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Pick n Mix - How to reward your employees! Part 1

How do UK businesses tend to approach reward currently? Is there a shift in approach and if so, what is causing this?

Does a rigid payroll cycle meet the needs of a flexible workforce in promoting Financial Wellbeing

Financial wellness is a hot topic across all worker types and generations. Employees are demanding more control, greater flexibility and better access to their finances. How can employers better support their employees in this regard?

Leadership

How to get more done in 12 weeks than in a whole year

Have you ever felt that you and your team could achieve more, be more productive and efficient at work, but every time you started, you get caught up in the detail and lose that laser-sharp focus? Even from a personal perspective, you want to explore a new health-kick, but life just keeps getting in the way? Well this blog for you...

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2018 is all about Digitising your HR Function

Autonomous Vehicles And Smart Warehouses Are So Last Year – 2018 Is All About Digitising Your HR Function.

Hear from our CEO Steven Van Hoorebeke during an interview with The Business Debate.

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4 ways to practice healthier habits around the office

Most Human Resources departments work to maximise the bottom line of organisations, many HR professionals tackle this objective by focusing primarily on corporate health and wellness. The thinking here is fairly simple – if you can build a healthier workforce, they’re likely to be more productive each day, which ultimately translates to a more profitable business.

SD Worx European Conference: Driving Collaboration in the HR and Payroll Industry

On 6th February at Hilton Park Lane in London, we joined HR and payroll professionals from across the globe for the SD Worx European Conference 2018. With the "Future of Collaboration: HR leading the way" theme, this one-of-a-kind event played host to industry-leading experts, practitioners and organisations.

Payslip law changes April 2019 – ‘For the hour is nigh and the day soon at hand’

The law requires that a payslip is provided to all employees each time they are paid. The exception to this legal requirement means that for the following there is no obligation to provide a payslip, non-employees: contractors, freelancers and workers. There are additional categories where a payslip is not required: police service; merchant seaman; master and crew of share fishing vessel.

Workforce Management

Top 10 benefits of working from home

Improved productivity heads the list of the top 10 benefits of working from home. As more workers seek a greater work/life balance, working from home is becoming increasingly popular.

HR Legislation

How DuPont makes GDPR a natural behaviour

If you want to learn best practice in handling data in light of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), you can do no better than to look at DuPont. Now part of science giant DowDuPont following a merger last year, data is part of the DNA of the organisation and it has a long history of embedding data protection into its culture.

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Time, technology and talent: what five generations want from today’s workplace

Millennials: entitled, lazy job hoppers. Gen X: cynical and poor team players. Baby Boomers: out of touch, independent, money-driven workaholics. And what about the iGen: those house-bound, tech-obsessed kids who were born with a smartphone in their hand? These stereotypes are bandied around regularly, but is there really any truth in them? And do different generations expect to be treated differently by their employers?

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Payroll Services Alliance attends SD Worx European Conference 2018

On Tuesday 6th February, at Hilton Park Lane in London, we were delighted to join our partner SD Worx at its European Conference 2018.The theme for the day was close to our heart: ‘The Future of Collaboration’. This unique event played host to the industry's most influential experts, practitioners and businesses, attracting leading HR and payroll professionals from all over the world. 

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A reflection of my first SD Worx European Conference

Adam Burgess, Business Development Manager at SD Worx UK & Ireland reflects on his first experience of an SD Worx conference. SD Worx hosted its 22nd Annual European Conference at the Park Lane Hilton in London in February 2018, with "The Future of Collaboration" as its 2018 theme.

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Top 5 lessons on GDPR from the SD Worx European Conference

Here are the top five lessons on implementing GDPR from the session with Gert Beeckmans, Chief Risk and Security Officer at SD Worx, and Frank Rudolf, Director of Payroll at PAREXEL from the SD Worx European Conference 2018, held in London on 6th February.

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How to prepare for GDPR: the clock is ticking!

With just three months to go until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, the clock is ticking for HR and payroll managers to get the systems and processes in place to ensure compliance. The regulation, coming into effect on 25 May 2018, updates data rights for today’s networked world, and organisations ignore it at their peril.

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Paternity tips for dads to be

Clark Hoy, Business Development Manager at SD Worx UK & Ireland shares his top tips for all the new dads and dads to be (D2B) regarding all things paternity!

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Multigenerational workforce; are the differences a myth?

At the SD Worx European Conference, held at the Park Lane Hilton on Tuesday 6 February, a panel of six individuals from different generations gave their thoughts on age-based stereotypes, their personal values, career aspirations, the challenges they’ve encountered and what, if anything, can be done to address the differences between the age brackets within the workplace.  

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Egos are not present within our business: A reflection of BKO 2018

As a Business Development Manager, I am often invited to most company events. Certainly anything client or prospect facing, and usually internal gatherings too. The SD Worx Business Kick Off 2018 was no different. Hosted in Manchester over the course of 2 days, we had a packed agenda and over a hundred colleagues in attendance, all ready to be WOW’ed.

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10 tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things our body does to recover. It increases productivity during the day and helps you maintain a healthy mind. Here are ten tips brought to you by SD Worx to help you make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep. 

Technology

The new era of HR: digital transformation

With the aim to build a model employee experience, HR departments are compelled to rewrite the rules by revolutionising talent practices. Human resource management is designed to maximise staff performance, and the HR department should be a key component in an organisation’s digital transformation.

Top 3 technology trends set to shake up HR and Payroll

Technology is the wheel that never stops turning. If Moore’s Law is to be believed, the sheer power of processing units will have doubled within two years – and that means plenty of new pieces of tech that could shake up HR and payroll processes. With that in mind, here are three technological trends that could significantly alter your industry.

In-house payroll vs managed service

This article is intended to give a balanced view of payroll software versus payroll services. In the UK, the markets for payroll software and service co-exist and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

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Don’t believe the hype! Lip service with the ISO 27001 standard

As an employee who has the privilege of representing SD Worx to an awful lot of prospective clients, I get to hear what’s important to the market straight from key decision makers. ISO 27001, and data security in general, is one of the hottest topics in our market space.

The end of the road for the company car?

With the ever-increasing benefit costs for company cars for both the employee and the employer, and the new rules for Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA), is a company car as cost-effective as it once was?

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Global payroll: The challenge of looking local

Globalisation is a word synonymous with the rise of industry. However, recently we may have heard it thrown around a boardroom alongside the other generic buzzwords, and as such something about it becomes disjointed and bereft of purpose. In reality, globalisation is a powerful force – something that should be cultivated and respected in the corporate world.

Christmas is coming to payroll teams

During Christmas and the associated holiday season, payroll managers experience some annual adjustments and events. Simon Parsons takes us through some of the festive benefits – and the associated tax implications.

New Year resolutions – preparing for the UK new tax year

UK payroll managers have a new year window of 3 months to prepare for the much older UK (and Isle of Man) new tax year start. With the setting of new year resolutions, it is a good time for payroll professionals in the UK to review their preparations on items which are not purely system change, but challenge process and rules within employment.

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The legal obligations of processing data under GDPR: Part 2

Retention of the personal data is ‘lawful basis’ where it is necessary, for compliance with a legal obligation, for the exercise or defence of legal claims. For Payroll and HR reasons, employers must hold and retain personal information about their employees and former employees to meet these legal requirements.

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The legal obligations of processing data under GDPR: Part 1

GDPR is set to see the biggest shake-up in the way we handle data since the Data Protection Act of 1998. Over the last few years, the processing and control of data has seen many systematic changes. Updated legal obligations set out in the Regulation such as the ‘lawful basis’ of the processing of data is sure to see more changes to data handling.

Workforce Management

It works to say 'Please' and 'Thank You'

In our fast paced world, it can sometimes feel like people are out for themselves, chivalry is on the way out, and people say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ less and less. I find myself more often than not standing in front of till making a purchase, and when the transaction is complete I say ‘thank you’ but receive no response in return. I leave annoyed.

HR Legislation

It's all a question of gender!

Read Simon Parson's latest blog where he answers the frequently asked question: 'Do you know if HMRC are likely to want us to include more options for employees that may be transitioning or don’t identify themselves with either gender?'

Technology

AI & HR: the impacts on the transactional processes in Human Resources

The terms artificial intelligence and robotics are often used synonymously but are quite different, albeit complementary, in their application. Robotics, in simple terms, means process automation - using technology to remove human intervention in some of the lower value add activities such as information keying, data analysis and performing complex calculations. Artificial intelligence is a somewhat different concept

International Payroll

International Employees and UK PAYE complexities

Increasingly within global organisations we see that individuals have increasing international activity throughout a business’ empire with differing national fiscal obligations. Impact on employees and compliance with a variety of national fiscal government obligations brings into play significant complexities. Some will be available within Payroll Software or service, whereas others, a little more obscure, may require special handling. For UK Payroll, there are a variety of variants (to the normal) Pay As You Earn (PAYE) obligations.

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PAYE Modernisation and Real Time Reporting (RTR)

Effective from 1st January 2019, The Irish Revenue Commissioners (or Revenue) are set to introduce the biggest change to PAYE reporting since 1944, in the form of PAYE Modernisation / Real Time Reporting (RTR).

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The challenges of managing payroll systems in different countries

The topic of a managing global payroll systems has been voiced by many thoughts leaders in the industry. In our previous blog, Doug Sawers, Managing Director of SD Worx UK & Ireland went into detail on the matter. This week, we sat down with David Munn, Director of Global Payroll Services, where he shares his views. 

Leadership

The Path to Gold (Part 2 of 2)

Traditionally in a relay, the fastest team member goes last, with the second fastest giving the team a good start at the front. The other two run or swim in the middle section of the race. A smooth baton changeover is usually seen as essential to a good race – and is often where it is won or lost.

Don’t be phased by pension minimum contribution

Since the introduction of workplace pension via Pension reform automatic enrolments (AE) since October 2012, there has been a slow introduction of legal requirements placed on UK PLC to provide workplace pension meeting legal minimum requirement. The early staging date employers have even hit triennial re-enrolment points to re-capture those who have previously opted out. 

Leadership

The path to gold: how better team building can put you in front

“Stand still and the rest of the world will walk past you,” said Marc Woods, speaking in February 2017. However, doing nothing would have been very easy for this particular speaker. When Marc was aged 17, he was diagnosed with bone cancer and subsequently had his left leg amputated below the knee.

Leadership

Do you recruit for skills or character?

The payroll industry is fundamentally no different to any other in that success is typically delivered relevant to the quality of the individuals providing a service. As such, attracting and retaining the right people is critical. The job market has changed significantly over the last twenty years and the pace of change continues to be even faster. People displaying the right attitude and aptitude is appearing to be more important than those with just job skills and experience.

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Millennials & HR Technology: How compatible are they with each other?

Two thousand and seventeen; another major year of technological advancements. Technology evolution has been at its fastest pace and for ‘Millennials’, technology has become an important part of their daily routine. For the purpose of this blog, we specifically refer to mobile technologies and pair ‘mobile’ with ‘cloud’ as we can hardly talk about mobile unless we associate it with its equally important partner, the cloud.

Understanding Salary Sacrifice

Employer representatives sitting on the Statutory Payments Consultation Group have been pleading with the various government agencies involved in Statutory Payments to make clearer what employers have to do to comply with Maternity Rights, especially in light of the extension of rights to non-cash benefits.

The gig economy’s impact on payroll

The gig economy has disrupted the status quo of work with its capability to affect economies around the world and has transformed industries by instant disruption through digital innovation.

Some commentators argue it is a terrifying future; others have a more positive outlook suggesting this disruption unlocks opportunities that must be embraced so society can evolve and improve.

HR Legislation

GDPR is coming: Why HR should have a key role in its success

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018. It applies to any organisation that processes the personal data of EU citizens regardless of where they are situated. Brexit won’t let UK companies off the hook as the government has announced that the legislation will be brought into UK law.

 

P45(1) Leaver Form

This article focuses on the P45(1) Leaver, practices currently undertaken by many payroll offices, the potential challenge of in-year filing requirements and also compliance with the relevant regulations.

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​ Alabaster & SMP

In order to get to understand Alabaster, we recommend that you know a little about the case precedent behind it.

Towards the goal of a single global payroll

A few years ago, what was then Ernst and Young (now EY) reported in its paper Global Payroll: Myth or Reality? that 55% of multinational firms believed that single provider global payroll vendors didn’t exist.

The payment after leaving

Payroll managers still receive instruction from HR departments and solicitors that a termination payment must be taxed at Basic Rate. Why these continue to be demanded since the rules changed on payment after leaving we do not know.

Payroll Week 53 payment. When it’s right, it’s wrong!

In some tax years, the way pay dates fall for weekly based payrolls means that an employer ends up making one more payment than usual to employees at the end of the tax year.

For weekly payroll this is known as a Week 53, for a 27th fortnightly payroll a Week 54, and for a 14th Lunar a Week 56 payment.

Leadership

Why is customer success important? (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of Peter's blog, he went into detail on the importance of customer success and the value of customer relationships, growth and retention. This week, Peter talks about strengthening these relationships by community-building.


A day in the life of a Payroll Manager

Year on year, Payroll accounts for an ever-increasing contribution to the UK economy through Tax and National Insurance. This week, in partnership with CIPP, we're celebrating the impact of payroll on business.

So, in celebration of National Payroll week, we spoke with Lisa Brew, nominee for CIPP’s Payroll Professional of the Year 2017, to gain insight as to what a day in the life of a Payroll Manager entails.

 

National Payroll Week: Q&A with Simon Parsons

This week, in partnership with CIPP, we’re celebrating National Payroll Week where we recognise the impact of payroll on business and the contribution it makes to the UK economy - £418 million annually!

To kick off our celebration, we sat down for a payroll-themed Q&A session with Simon Parsons, one of the most influential names in the industry and our Director of Payments, Benefits & Compliance Strategies.

 

Leadership

Why is customer success important? (Part 1 of 2)

In 2015, our customer team delivered its growth target with 80% coming from strong NPS promoters; the vast majority of these opportunities were uncompetitive. It’s pretty clear that customer success should be of paramount importance to any organisation, but how does one go about ensuring this success?

Guidance for employers on the New Starter Checklist (previously P46 form)

In this article, Simon Parsons offers updated advice for employers on how to ensure that the New Starter Checklist (formerly P46 form) is submitted correctly.

Workforce Management

Smart working: a new way to work

There was once a level of anxiety surrounding smart working and its impending implementation in the workplace. Once thought of as merely a fruitless buzzword, smart working has caused a lot of confusion due to its previously indefinite or unclear meaning. Surely we should all be working smart? And how exactly can you define ‘smart’?

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PayBack: how small gestures change lives

Everyone at SD Worx is extremely proud of the work we do to raise funds for our own registered charity, The PayBack Foundation. Now in its twentieth year, our colleagues have raised over £600K, helping over 700 local families! 

 

HR Legislation

First Steps Towards GDPR Compliance

Our Head of Legal, Leon Daniel, has written some useful information on GDPR and what it might mean for your organisation. This is the second of a series of articles on the steps we are taking at SD Worx to ensure GDPR compliance.

Understanding your payslip

As an employee, sometimes it’s not clear what everything actually means on your payslip. To help educate the nation, we’ve created a list of some of the most common terms that can appear on your payslip, along with an associated description.

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What is GDPR?

Our Head of Legal, Leon Daniel, has written some useful information on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what it might mean for your organisation. This is the first of a series of articles on the new Regulation and will cover the steps we are taking at SD Worx to ensure GDPR compliance.

Technology

Surviving the next industrial revolution

Welcome to the fourth industrial revolution, hailed by many as an era of change in which industries and organisations adapt to rapidly developing smart technology that automate working processes which would previously have been undertaken by humans. But is this something to celebrate when we consider the potential upheaval or individuals and businesses?

 

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Work Experience at SD Worx

I started my week of work experience at a digital marketing agency with the intention to find out more about what working in an agency would entail, and hopefully to get insight to an option for future work. I was excited to come to work as I had never previously been in a working environment.

Gender pay gap: 3 ways effective HR solutions could help

Gender pay gap: 3 ways effective HR solutions could help

Part two of our blog, our Commercial Director John Cusack and Business Development Manager Steve Knapman, built upon the information outlined by Mercer in part 1 – and discuss how SD Worx’s analysis tools can provide you with in-depth statistics on the gender pay gap. Read more on some of the useful points that we took away from the webinar...

Challenges of meeting legal minimum pay requirement: is it understood?

Challenges of meeting legal minimum pay requirement: is it understood?

Minimum pay is governed by employment law, and breach is criminal; HM Revenue & Customs are charged with policing its application based on a number of significant factors and structures. In this blog, our Director of Payment, Benefits & Compliance Strategies, Simon Parsons, discusses critical touch points for compliance and recent payroll error examples regarding this legal requirment.

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Part-time working, full time commitment

Part-time working, full time commitment

There’s no real definition of part-time work in terms of hours. The definition just means fewer hours per week than a full-time job. But there’s still a stigma attached to part-time or flexible working. Flexible working is often associated with women returning to work after maternity leave or having to fit jobs around a school run or even working in low paid or low skilled professions. This view is a tad outdated to say the least.

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The importance of a healthy work-life balance

The importance of a healthy work-life balance

At SD Worx, we believe it is important to keep a healthy work-life balance. A healthy work-life balance should be a necessity, but many employers don’t take the appropriate steps to ensure that their workers are implementing this concept. Here are some top tips!

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: All you need to know

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: All you need to know

The gender pay gap has been a hot topic for years, dominating discussion in the media and in boardrooms. Seemingly refusing to close, the gap stood at 9.4% in 2016, down from 17.4% in 1997. While the UK is getting nearer and nearer to gender parity in pay, figures suggest it still has a long way to go...

Technology
HRSS 2017: A (not so) unanimous display of new technology

HRSS 2017: A (not so) unanimous display of new technology

The 14th and 15th June marked the Human Resources Software Show (HRSS) hosted by CIPD. Whilst some of us were making our way to the beaches and ice cream parlours, HR professionals were flocking to Olympia in Kensington for updates in HR technology and ice-cold slush puppies!

Leadership
How to make your one-to-ones more productive

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

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.

Technology
Is a storm on the horizon?

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.

Technology
AI and Tech fears? HR to play a pivotal role

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...

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