Outsourcing payroll: How much control do you want to give up?

A look at the three basic options in the marketplace
By Lisa Crowley
|CHRR, Guide to Payroll|Last Updated: 08/15/2005

Payroll practitioners, like other HR professionals, are expected to provide better customer service and increased efficiency while containing costs.

The doing-more-with-less challenge has prompted many to consider alternative means for processing payroll. There are a wide range of administrative options available that not only handle the paperwork, but also provide enhancements for employees.

There are three basic options in the market, each offering progressively more involvement from the outside provider: in-house, co-sourcing and fully outsourced.