Mobile technology has become the predominant means of accessing the Internet, both for personal and business use, meaning that more people access the Internet through their mobile devices than from desktop computers. PC sales are dropping while tablet and smartphone sales are rising. What does this mean for workforce technology? It’s time to catch up. Mobile technology is the next step.
Many payroll providers are now optimizing app technology for mobile payroll. Most of those providers now offer full-service payroll to both the payroll department and employees. The apps allow payroll departments to enter and edit time, search employees, add new employees, run or access payroll reports, and process, submit, and approve payroll. Some apps also allow for geolocation, meaning employers can track mobile workers and use their mobile devices to function as time clocks. On the employee side, similar apps allow employees to access current and past pay stubs, punch in and out of work, see available time off, check wage rates, and view tax information. This functionality provides needed flexibility for a mobile workforce.
So, where do you start? As with any new technology, the first step is to ask what needs or pain points you need this technology to address. Your goal is to find the solution that fits your unique payroll needs. If the majority of your office, including your payroll department, works in place and uses desktop computers the majority of the time, mobile technology may not be an immediate need. Also, ensure that you understand applicable laws about employee tracking. This is especially important with international employees, as many countries’ laws address mobile technology directly. Finally, be sure to address IT security needs and protect against data breaches. The providers you speak to should be able to answer your questions on all of the above.