Managers not getting the numbers they need to close the books fast enough? Look no further than this department.
So you’ve already plucked all the “low-hanging fruit” when it comes to speeding the month-end close.
Question for you: How long does it take to close payroll?
Your answer is how much you stand to save off month-end if you try this admittedly radical efficiency booster.
Think about closing payroll a week early. One look at your historical pay data will tell you if it’s a viable option for your organization.
The overtime issue
If your base payroll doesn’t vary tremendously from pay period to pay period, you’re a prime candidate. Even if you have swings in overtime, you can probably predict that relatively reliably over a year’s time.
How it works: Each month, you’d close payroll a week early, using estimates for one week’s overtime for financial statements.
Yes, it may take some out of their comfort zones.
But the payoff you stand to see in terms of a faster close may make it a change well worth getting used to.