Payroll Professional Skills

  • Anonymous

      What are some of the important skills for a payroll professional?

      June 13, 2023 at 20:58
    • Trina Anderson, PCPTrina Anderson, PCP
      Member since Aug 2022

        There are so many…payroll compliance knowledge, time management, problem solving, communication, and efficient in payroll software technology to name a few.

        June 13, 2023 at 21:29
      • Stacey Wood PCPStacey Wood PCP
        Board of Advisors

          Everything Trina mentioned plus a good sense of humour–sometimes that’s what saves the day!

          June 20, 2023 at 12:22
        • Maria ChengMaria Cheng
          Member since Apr 2023

            I love good sense of humour – it makes the environment more relaxed and real communications may go easily.

            June 20, 2023 at 19:40
          • Matthew MacPherson, PLPMatthew MacPherson, PLP
            Member since Jun 2022

              Intermediate – Advanced Excel skills are a must. There is no way to manipulate data and verify checks and balances without it.

              July 14, 2023 at 14:14
            • Elisabeth WhitsonElisabeth Whitson
              Member since Jan 2023

                The ability to explain complex calculations to employees with the objective to educate. – So many times I’ve overheard pay explanations that fly right over the heads of lay people who doesn’t have prior pay knowledge. There’s lots in payroll that can be taught but that’s one skill that you can’t fake.

                July 14, 2023 at 15:06
                • Shelene GlunzShelene Glunz
                  Member since Sep 2022

                    I totally agree. Payroll needs to understand pay beginning to end at a high level and be able to explain it to the employee at a much lower level.
                    We tend to forget how much we actually do know until we see the dumb founded look of an employee as we try and explain what is happening on their pay statement.

                    September 7, 2023 at 15:42
                • Stacey Wood PCPStacey Wood PCP
                  Board of Advisors

                    Let’s also toss a big dose of patience into the list of necessary skills!

                    July 19, 2023 at 08:31
                  • Martina Heine, PLPMartina Heine, PLP
                    Member since Sep 2022

                      Attention to detail, verbal and written communication/listening skills, a good sense of humor, empathy, and to never take things personally – let it go.

                      August 4, 2023 at 16:56
                    • Denise BurnettDenise Burnett
                      Member since Apr 2022

                        Accuracy, communication skills, organization, collaboration, tact, and confidentiality.

                        August 8, 2023 at 09:23
                      • Nicole Forbes PLPNicole Forbes PLP
                        Member since Sep 2022

                          Techhnical, Analytical and interpersonal skills. The ability to work under pressure. Being a people person, the human element is the most important part for me.

                          November 9, 2023 at 09:51