After researching and vetting the right payroll software to meet your business’s needs, you’ve decided to use Workday Payroll. Rest assured, you’re making a smart decision. While you might think that the hard work is over, now that you’ve made the tough decision of selecting the right payroll software for your organization…it’s really just getting started. 

You’ve taken the first step in the challenging (but rewarding) journey of transforming your payroll process. You’re about to experience payroll as it should be: agile, manageable, and accurate.

In a previous article, we shared some of our tips and tricks for implementing Workday Payroll. In this article, we’ll cover the benefits of partnering with an experienced third-party consultant and how our Workday experts at Surety Systems have helped other companies on their journey. 

Finding Issues That Could Pose Problems

Consultants have seen a lot. (Like, think about how much you think “a lot” is, and then double it. That much.) They’ve worked on many different implementations with companies of various sizes in a wide range of industries. This varied experience gives them the insights necessary to ask out-of-the-box questions during your implementation of Workday Payroll, as well as how to spot the red flags that might pose problems for you along the way.

One example of a red flag might be something small, like how and where employees will see their payslip or making sure you’re adding addresses, but it could also be one of the big mistakes, like skimping on testing. 

Regardless of what issues you might face, a quality third-party consultant will be able to communicate and collaborate with your implementation team to determine the best decision for your specific situation. Even better, a lot of that expert advice means you can steer around plenty of common mistakes before they happen.

Thinking Like a User

Many consultants have been in your shoes. Before consulting, they worked at a company that used Workday, which means they know the ins and outs of the software as an everyday user. This experience makes it easier for them to keep the end user in mind and to spy gaps missing from a technical and/or functional perspective. 

Far too often, payroll is somewhat of an afterthought when a company migrates to a new system. There seems to be a common misconception that payroll is something you can “switch on” at the metaphorical push of a button. The truth is that there’s a lot involved in the process, and without an opportunity for employees to express what’s needed to make the system run smoothly for payroll, the implementation could get rocky. (After all, the folks in Payroll are the ones who are actually going to be using the solution on a day-to-day basis, so their insights are fairly important.)

Identifying and Fixing Problems Fast

One of our consultants recently started on an existing Workday Payroll project that was going off the rails. Because it was dealing with staffing issues, the organization had to put the implementation on hold for several months. But we all know pausing a project like this one, with all of its many pieces, can easily lead to a domino effect of problems.

To get the implementation back on track, our consultant started by accessing the gaps in the way the project was organized at that time. They identified a lack of skill set that led to many of the problems. Because our consultant was familiar with these types of issues, having seen them before, they were able to identify the trouble spots and fix them much faster. Now the implementation is not only back on track, it’s ahead of schedule. 

Bringing Workday Expertise 

One of the biggest benefits of having a third-party consultant in your pocket is that they’re Workday product experts. Our consultants have advanced skills in handling every product, giving you direction and information about the system’s advantages and setbacks. They can advise you on setting up payroll to make it more efficient and provide you with best practices so that you can make sure you’re getting the most value out of this solution you’ve invested in.

Surety Systems Can Help

These are just a few of the many benefits a third-party consultant can bring to your Workday Payroll implementation. Partnering with Surety Systems gives you access to our senior-level Workday consulting team, as well as a fresh perspective to help keep your Workday Payroll implementation running smoothly.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your organization succeed with Workday.