Today is payroll release day! Always my favourite part of the job.
Timesheets for employees has been an anticipated feature for quite some time now, and we’re excited to be able to turn this on for all Australian payroll users today. There are now more than 60,000 employees being paid through Payroll in Xero. Many of these already have access to the Employee Portal, allowing them to view their details, apply for leave and submit expense claims. Folding Timesheets into the Employee Portal is another big step towards bringing accounting out of the back office.
Timesheets for employees allow staff to enter their own hours and submit them for approval by appointed managers. This is a good timesaver for administrators and an easy job for staff to do on their way to work or during some down time. Approved timesheets are then passed on to administrators for payroll processing.
See how it works in this video:
A lot of the feedback we’ve received from users is that many timesheets are the same or similar from week to week or month to month. So we’ve introduced timesheet templates for both employees and administrators. Simply save a timesheet as a template one week and load it the following week with all the details copied over. Just make any tweaks and it’s ready to submit – cool eh!
This is the last payroll release for this year, but there are many exciting features that we’ve already put in the pot and started cooking for our next few releases in 2013. At the top of the list is a complete redesign of our reports including a rethink of all the reports that we offer for payroll related information.
We’re also working steadily towards the death of the draft payroll invoice as well as some cool things like bonus tax calculation and automated TFN declaration lodgement. Make sure you let us know about your ideas for reports or any other aspect of payroll.
To get a comprehensive rundown of the latest features make sure you check out our free webinars for partners and customers running next week.