Fish guts, typos and respect

A look at the world of payroll through the eyes of those who practice it
By Todd Humber
|CHRR, Report on Payroll|Last Updated: 09/12/2005

For years the payroll profession has been doing its best Rodney Dangerfield routine: “Hey. I can’t get no respect.”

Payroll practitioners rightly see themselves as one of the more underappreciated departments and the vast majority of employees don’t understand how much work is involved in getting out paycheques correctly and on schedule.

But in recent years there’s been a slight shift in the way payroll talks about itself. In the face of a somewhat unfriendly business atmosphere for payroll professionals — business process outsourcing is continuing to grow and the payroll department is one of the most popular targets — there’s a new, more confident refrain coming from payroll circles.