Finding the time to complete day-to-day tasks, as well as meeting the expectations set by your managers -- and all to deadline -- can often leave you wishing that there were more hours in the day. From spending hours fixing payroll errors to keeping up to date with employment legislation, it's no wonder why many HR and payroll teams struggle to find the time to squeeze everything into their daily schedules. Aside from locking yourself into a room away from interruption or creating a cloning machine, what can be done to overcome this? 

Manager Makeover: Too busy and not enough time

Finding the time to complete day-to-day tasks, as well as meeting the expectations set by your managers -- and all to deadline -- can often leave you wishing that there were more hours in the day. From spending hours fixing payroll errors to keeping up to date with employment legislation, it's no wonder why many HR and payroll teams struggle to find the time to squeeze everything into their daily schedules. Aside from locking yourself into a room away from interruption or creating a cloning machine, what can be done to overcome this?

Quick Tip 
Performance at work can be enhanced by making a to-do list as soon as you enter the office in the morning. This helps to effectively utilize the work day and provides an understanding of the tasks that are priority and can help eliminate stress.

The two obvious solutions are to either do less or get someone else to do some of your work. 

Do more with less 
The first option, doing less, requires taking a look at any tasks that you can afford to stop doing or postpone to another time -- giving you more room to complete those which are more urgent. 

Automating your processes is also a reliable way to help you cut down your workload on administrative tasks. For payroll departments, as an example, time spent monitoring and approving expenses can be minimized by implementing an automated managed expenses system -- which enforces your expense policy and prevents fraud. 

Have someone else do the work for you 
This may not necessarily mean delegating to other team members -- as those lines may already be overloaded with work -- but it could mean outsourcing payroll, compliance and even your recruitment to professionals. 

Time is precious, but in order to make sure that we are making best use of it, while adding value to our businesses, it's important that we recognize the need to accept a little help from our colleagues and external sources. By learning to do this, you'll be on your way to a more productive and fulfilling work life. 

Choosing to outsource to Ceridian will not only improve time management within your department and leave you with more time to focus on your core business, but it also allows protection against costly errors and ensures that you stay compliant. 

Self-service technology gives employees the power to manage and access their own HR information. The ability to update personal information, view deposits, sign up for training courses, submit PDO requests and review absence records are all available options. Giving access to employees frees HR from basic administrative tasks to act on more value-added work. In essence, the employees manage and update their own personal records -- thus further cutting down on administrative work for HR.