In the past, careers in payroll were not planned. In fact, I used to start every presentation to payroll people with “Please put up your hands if your career of choice was to be in payroll”
Nobody ever did!
I believe that is starting to change.
Formal education and training for payroll professionals has been a dream since I first managed a help desk back in the early 90s. We were constantly dealing with operators and administrators who were perfectly proficient in the software they were using, but did not have a broader picture.
It is National Payroll Week, and this should highlight that a career in Payroll is an option.
From way back in the day when I wrote my first wages and salaries solution as a junior programmer, I was amazed that I never met a person who selected payroll as their career of choice (and we are talking the 70s.)
But, hooray, it is starting to change.
With the advent of formal qualifications in payroll, young people are starting to see a career in payroll as an option.
I am really pleased about this wonderful initiative from South African Payroll Association to recognise the contribution of payroll people over the years. This is the second National Payroll Week.
While the formal recognition is limited to SAPA members, it would be great if we took the time to remember who mentored and taught us all about payroll, in the days before a professional qualification was available.
This special week celebrates important aspects to each of us who are aware of the key role that payroll professionals hold in business.
As a leadership group at Accsys, we are constantly discussing ways to create a fully engaged company of people. While there are obvious reasons around productivity and profitability, it is such a pleasure to be part of a company where everybody enjoys coming to work, and are all working to fulfill the same goals and objectives.