7 Ways Payroll Implementations Go Wrong, and What You Can Do About It

  • by Steve Bogner, Managing Partner, Insight Consulting Partners
  • April 15, 2003
One of the most complex aspects of R/3's HR module is Payroll. It’s also one of the least glamorous and most misunderstood pieces of the HR module. Getting the implementation done correctly is essential, and difficult. Steve Bogner, managing partner of Insight Consulting Partners, gives you his list of seven common mistakes and omissions that can lead an implementation astray, and then tells you how to prevent them.

Payroll has to happen correctly and on time, all the time. Getting the implementation done right is essential, and difficult. Over the past 10 years, I’ve been associated with more than a dozen SAP HR/Payroll implementations, varying in size, scope, and complexity. That experience has shown me there is a common list of items that tend either to go wrong or be left out. This list represents a good portion of what actually happens on real projects. Even if you have already implemented SAP Payroll, this article might give you some good tips for resolving current issues.

So what goes wrong, what gets left out, and what is done incorrectly? Most im-portantly — Why does this happen and how can you prevent it? Here are seven ways your implementation can go awry.

1. Incomplete Pay Stubs

The pay stub is payroll’s primary communication vehicle with employees. A good pay stub is easy to understand and explains how the paycheck was calculated. A bad pay stub is confusing and incomplete — and it leads to lots of questions to the payroll department from employees.

Steve Bogner

Steve Bogner is a managing partner at Insight Consulting Partners and has been working with SAP HR since 1993. He has consulted for various public, private, domestic, and global companies on their SAP HR/Payroll implementations; presented at the SAP user's group ASUG; and been featured on the Sky Radio Network program regarding SAP HR.

Steve will be presenting at the upcoming HR Payroll Seminar November 7-8 in Chicago and November 27-28 in Orlando. For information on the event, click here.

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