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How to change pay cycles without losing your mind

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Alice Gilman

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in Office Management,Payroll Management

A change to the pay cycle affects every employee, even those whose pay won’t be affected, because employees talk. Planning for a pay cycle change is key, and planning and execution can take as long as two years, according to Lisa Poole, CPP, vice president and business systems analyst at SunTrust Bank.

Poole provided some tips and tricks to make the change process as painless as possible during a workshop held at this year’s American Payroll Association’s annual Congress.

Change is about efficiency. Efficiency means more affordable, easier, what makes the most sense, Poole said. A pay cycle change can be precipitated by new software or a merger or acquisition.

Sometimes, the C suite defines efficiency as workload reduction, but that might not always be the case. For example, Poole noted that switching from a semimonthly to a biweekly pay cycle might make sense from the corner office’s perspective, but the likely result for y...(register to read more)

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