Thoughts about hr and management in the real world – extra information I couldn't fit in my books!.
Chaos erupted in our team meeting the other day. We were discussing a redundancy situation and talking about how an employee has to be taxed at a higher rate for their redundancy and then claim the extra back at the end of the year. From an HR point of view it would be much nicer if the payment was split over 2 pays so the tax rate was correct.
Now Anna Sefuiva recently joined our team. Her HR background has been a bit different from the rest of us as she’s been responsible for workforce planning, HR analytics and payroll. Anna calmly raised that payroll might not be able to split the payment, as legally if the person is finishing on a specific date, their whole final pay must be paid on that date.
Well we argued it from an HR point of view vs the payroll point of view – and in the end had to agree that there was clearly a divide in how HR saw an issue to how payroll saw an issue. It’s no wonder in some companies the two are foes.
But consider this:
The answer for all of these is the payroll team. If HR is friends with payroll, we’ve suddenly got solutions to some of the challenges we have. When I worked at PostiePlus as HR Manager, for a time I shared an office with our Payroll Manager. We both knew that HR impacted on payroll and vice versa and worked together on solving issues. I’m still friends with her today and we still discuss weird HR/payroll issues that come up because coming at it from two sides often means you get a better solution!
Anna has also told me about that while there are HR people out there who want to change the game, there are also payroll people who want to become strategic partners with their business. And I think that HR could help and support them do that as well as stopping creating friction for them with HR processes that don’t take into account payroll legislation or processes.
We’ve got a special half day session at our Payroll conference in February for HR people to attend. We’ll be exploring:
Our speakers include Louise Peters, Finance Manager at Downer, Deborah Sinclair, OD Manager at Chorus, Susanne Carter, National Coordinator, Risk & Insurance at Fulton Hogan, Chris Casanelia, Manager HR Services at BNZ and Anna.
Winston Churchill said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. I think that in HR we should be asking what payroll can do for us, but also what we can do for payroll. And that’s when great things might start happening!
For more about the Payroll Game Changer and ‘HR and Payroll working together’ click here.