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A Lesson in Thanks: Appreciation and Giving

A Lesson in Thanks

The spirit of Thanksgiving can be channeled into different aspects of the workplace, but many companies just don't know how. Here's how they can.

Thanksgiving is a tradition that originally started in 1621 when the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn feast with the Plymouth colonists to celebrate a bountiful harvest. We celebrate 400 years later by wearing our “Thanksgiving pants” to feast on turkey, potatoes, and cranberry sauce with our closest family and dearest friends. But at its core, Thanksgiving is still a time to gather and reflect upon what we are grateful for in our lives.

The spirit of Thanksgiving can also be channeled into different aspects of the workplace, but many companies may not know how to accomplish this. So let’s talk turkey with two lessons in thanks your company can adopt this holiday:

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Lesson #1: Appreciation

Employee appreciation is important all year round, but during this season of thanks, employers need to recognize all that their employees do for them. According to this article by Gallup, only 20% of American employees are engaged at work. The key to having a more engaged workforce? Appreciate and recognize their work.

Companies that have employee appreciation programs have happier, more productive employees overall; in fact, more satisfied employees are 13% more productive than those who are lukewarm about their jobs. And it doesn’t take a large budget to show gratitude for employees. Something as simple as posting “great job on your first week!’ to a new employee on your company’s internal newsfeed can encourage others to support their colleagues.

HOW APS IS SHOWING APPRECIATION

APS shows employee appreciation in a variety of ways. Through our employee advocacy program, we can connect with our employees through various social media challenges throughout the year, earning rewards such as gift cards and catered lunches for their department. We spotlight employees on our social media who exemplify our core values through their role with the company. We also highlight new hires, birthdays, and work anniversaries on our company intranet to acknowledge our staff in a positive way.

Lesson #2: Giving

How is your organization currently exhibiting social responsibility? People and organizations alike tend to have more generous hearts around the holiday season; after all, half of all donations are made to nonprofits and charities between September to December. According to Nonprofit Source, 82% of employees want the opportunity to volunteer with their co-workers in a company-supported philanthropic event.

There are several ways companies can give back, either by offering paid time off to employees for volunteering or offering a company match for every dollar donated by workers. Even if your organization is smaller, there are several ways you can give back to your community without spending a ton of money. Providing free professional services to people in need, hosting a canned food drive for the local food bank, and donating unused coats to homeless shelters are just a few ways companies can give to charities.

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HOW APS IS GIVING BACK

Each Thanksgiving, APS gives back to the community by teaming up with our local Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to collect canned goods and donations. These donations help residents in the Life Recovery Program and those in our local community suffering from hunger. One person can provide a Thanksgiving meal to someone in need for just $1.99.

If you would like to donate to the SB Rescue Mission, please visit their website at sbresucuemission.com/get-involved/.

What APS is Thankful For

Payroll  Technology

Payroll Technology

It may sound a little cheesy to say, but payroll is our bread and butter. It’s what we started with, and it’s at the core of the services we provide today. Payroll is such an essential aspect of every organization, and most of the time, it’s an unseen expectation in our daily lives. 

Without payroll, hard-working Americans wouldn’t be paid accurately or on time. Payroll technology ensures every hour worked is accounted for, and employees receive every hard-earned dime.

HR Technology

HR TECHNOLOGY

The other side of the payroll coin is Human Resources. First off, to all HR Managers and departments out there, we appreciate you and are grateful for your hard work. Since our mission is to make payroll and HR easier, we strive to develop HR technology that makes your lives easier.

While not everyone understands how many hours you put into making sure all your co-workers are taken care of, we do, and we would like to acknowledge your hard work. That’s why we work so hard to develop the HR technology we do. Knowing that we can help in even the smallest ways can significantly impact how companies internally operate every day.

Our Partners

OUR PARTNERS

The partnerships we’ve developed over the years hold a special place in our hearts. Our partners provide services to our clients which expand beyond the basics of payroll and Core HR. 

They provide us with a little something extra in our technology, and we help them by providing payroll and HR technology that’s both functional and easy to use. We always enjoy working with new businesses in new industries, as they help us push our boundaries and go above and beyond for our customers.

Our Outstanding Team Members

OUTSTANDING TEAM MEMBERS

Our team members have been the secret ingredient to our success for 25 years and counting. Without them, we could never develop the technology we do, and we wouldn’t have the client success we’ve had over these past two decades. 

From our sales and marketing department to our development, IT, implementation, and tax compliance teams, our support, customer success, training, and accounting experts, and our very own HR staff, everyone is an integral part of the APS community. We truly work as a team, and without them, we couldn’t do what we do best - create intuitive, logical payroll and HR software for businesses across the country.

Our Amazing Clients

OUR AMAZING CLIENTS

We saved the best for last. Without our clients, we wouldn’t be here today. Since 1996, APS has been providing our clients with the best payroll and HR software they deserve. Here at APS, we want to make sure we’re making our customers feel like they’re at grandmother’s for Thanksgiving all the time, with the full spread of HR and payroll technology available to them. 

So to all our clients - we are incredibly thankful for every one of you. Thank you for your continued support and confidence.

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ALL THE TRIMMINGS

It’s essential to count your blessings, not just around the holidays. Implement an employee recognition program to engage with your employees, stay involved in your community by giving back to it. Remember to appreciate and give throughout the year and not just when the season calls for it. Embrace the Thanksgiving attitude as part of your company culture, and you’ll soon see how it impacts your workforce.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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.elementor-drop-cap{float:left;text-align:center;line-height:1;font-size:50px}.elementor-widget-text-editor .elementor-drop-cap-letter{display:inline-block} Switching payroll providers mid-year can seem overwhelming whether you’ve gone through the process before or not. You may be concerned about making the right software decision or potential disruption to your current payroll processing. However, if your year-end processing was challenging, it might be time to consider a change.To help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled some tips for a successful mid-year payroll conversion. Our goal is to help you choose the right system for your needs while mitigating the difficulties that can be associated with a payroll provider transition. What is a Payroll Conversion?A payroll conversion is the process of migrating from one payroll software system to another or outsourcing payroll workflows to a new payroll provider. Mid-year conversions typically start between April and July. The amount of time it takes to switch to a new payroll solution depends on:  The complexity of your payroll and taxes If you’re using any integrations with existing systems or having any developed If you’re planning to implement other solutions like HR or time and attendance Starting the conversion process mid-year ensures a smooth transition so you can process your first new payroll well before the year-end season.   Ready to Make Your Payroll Easier? Switching to a new payroll provider in the middle of the year is a great time to start! Learn how we can help make your payroll easier with a free personalized demo. Schedule a Demo When is the Best Time to Switch Payroll Providers?Many companies typically switch payroll providers at the beginning of the year to have a fresh start in a new system. However, you can make a change any time of the year if you’re unsatisfied with your current payroll vendor or process. Converting at specific times of the year provides a seamless payroll data transition. Mapping timeframes helps decrease the risk of lost information when transitioning data from one system to another. Tax specialists rely on historical payroll data when sending filings and payments to the IRS. Selecting timeframes makes record transfers and IRS uploads easier.One major factor contributing to a successful implementation is to ensure you are working with an experienced, knowledgeable payroll and HR provider. It’s essential to partner with a company that understands your unique challenges and is committed to your success. How to Switch Payroll Providers Mid-YearSwitching to a new payroll provider mid-year decreases the risk of missed or lost information during implementation. So let’s talk about more tips for successfully converting to a new payroll provider in the middle of the year. Making a change may be the best thing you accomplish this year. 1. Meet With Your Current Payroll Software CompanyWhile meeting with your current provider might sound like a no-brainer, many businesses don’t have a conversation with their existing software company before switching systems. There are a couple of reasons you’d want to meet with your current payroll software vendor before making a change: To review your existing contract and determine how much notice you need to give before canceling your agreement. To ask about your current software agreement so that you can budget for any additional fees associated with your departure. 2. Research Alternative Solutions Researching other payroll solutions empowers you to make an informed software decision. The more comprehensive you are in your vetting process, the easier it will be to choose the best software for you. Software rating sites like G2 and Capterra and resources like buyer’s guides can help.Software review platforms provide free vendor comparisons and lists of features and benefits of each solution. They also rank software based on authentic user feedback. This insight from verified customers lets you know what your peers think about using that solution, enabling you to make an informed decision. 3. Discuss Your Needs With Prospective Providers Once you have an idea of what solution you might be interested in, it’s time to schedule a demo and discuss your needs. We list some questions you can ask a new provider later in this article.When you meet with a new vendor, have a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves ready. Identify what items you need, and discuss which items are negotiable. Ultimately, this process will give you a better understanding of how a new vendor can help you achieve your payroll needs. 4. Ensure Your Payroll Data is Easily Accessible One final tip for switching payroll software providers is to ensure your payroll data is easily accessible. New vendors will need as much information as possible before getting your new system up and running. This data migration is most easily accomplished with access to your current payroll system.You need to gather your payroll data from your previous provider, limiting the time it takes to transition software systems and mitigating data errors. Ask your new provider for a payroll conversion checklist. Switching Payroll Companies ChecklistThis payroll transition checklist provides you with everything you need when changing payroll providers mid-year. GET YOUR FREE CHECKLIST  Questions to Ask When Switching Payroll CompaniesDuring your research and evaluation process, ask the following questions to determine if a new provider taking over payroll mid-year can accurately and adequately handle your conversion: What are the difficulties of switching payroll companies mid-year? Who will be involved in the conversion process? What is the process for communicating your unique needs to your implementation project manager for proper data setup? Will there be a dedicated project manager who provides a project plan with clear deadlines? Will the provider convert your data and import your payroll and employee history into their system? Will a payroll assessment be conducted to reconcile your data history? Will the new provider run parallel payrolls before the first live payroll submission to confirm data and tax settings are accurate? Does the provider offer integrations with other systems you use, like retirement plans and general ledger packages? Will the provider conduct live training using your company data? Will you have a dedicated customer support team that is easy to reach via phone or email? Will the provider assign you a dedicated success coordinator to help you get the most out of your investment? Does the provider have solutions specialists on staff to help with more complex questions and needs? Does the provider offer a help center with additional resources at your disposal? What Do I Need When Switching Payroll Companies?Knowing what payroll data you will need to give your new provider will ensure a smooth mid-year conversion process. Here are the critical pieces of information you’ll need to provide: Employee list with social security numbers and addresses, as well as direct deposit information for each employee Company bank account information and tax ID numbers (federal, state, and local) State unemployment rates for all states in which you report A list of employee deductions (e.g., health insurance, 401K) Copies of employee W-4s, garnishment orders, and current year Form 941 payroll filings (if available) Year-to-date payroll summary per employee, per quarter For a more straightforward migration process, you can collect a list of employee emails and issues with federal, state, and local agencies. Include copies of correspondence with government entities. Your current provider can assist in gathering the payroll information. Ask for a payroll migration checklist so it’s easier to keep track of data. Make a Change for the BetterSwitching payroll providers can be an overwhelming process, but you don’t have to wait until the beginning of the year to make a change. Mid-year can be an ideal time to convert to a new payroll service.Don’t continue to settle for an ineffective provider. Instead, make the switch now to payroll software that meets your company’s needs so that you can feel confident in your payroll processing. How APS Can Help With A Mid-Year TransitionWe understand the time and commitment it takes to switch payroll providers, so we work hard to ensure your transition is effortless and smooth. Because of our dedication to your success, we’ve earned awards for our Implementation process and above-average User-Adoption ratings.We follow a proven conversion process to ensure a smooth implementation experience: Tax-catch up and payroll history verification Payroll services that include year-end processing, tax filing, integrations, and more Guaranteed tax compliance reducing your compliance risk and financial burden Continued support and service from a dedicated account team committed to your success Advanced multi-level protocols so your data transfer is safe and secure Dedicated success coordinator who will help you achieve usability, adoption, and return on your investment

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