HI! Welcome to another fun-filled and exciting discussion of business management software. I know, you’re saying “Phil, slow down!! We can only take so
much entertainment from you regarding software!!” And I have to admit, it’s tough being this much fun – it’s why I only write these blog posts every
so often. Otherwise, I couldn’t take the pace.
But today I’m going to talk a little bit about Employee Self Service (ESS). This is not about making your employees get their own coffee in the break room;
it’s about giving your employees the ability view key information about their paycheck online. Sage used to do this for free, but like many things
in life, that freedom was elusive, and it done did got away from us. So, we had our chief development guru, Brad Edwards, create a new ESS portal,
and if you ask me (and why wouldn’t you?) it’s better than anything else out there. In fact, it’s so cool that I almost wrote two posts about it, but
I didn’t want y’all turning blue holding your breath for the next installment. Here’s why I say it’s great.
From the employee screen, they can
- View their paystub
- Print their paystub
- View their YTD total
- See the last 12 months
- Get a really nifty (I apologize for the technical lingo) stacked bar chart showing how much the gubmint took out, how much went to insurance or retirement,
and how much went straight to the lien that the Harley dealer* has on their paycheck. It even shows how much actually went to their bank account.
- And finally it shows their basic info – name, address, emergency contact for if they wreck the Harley, how many exemptions they’re claiming to keep
the gubmint off their back, and marital status (which pretty much obliterates any help they get from the exemptions. But that’s bliss right?)
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!
The administrator capabilities are (another technical term coming) really slick. Brad made it so that
- Employees can register for their account online
- You can synch the employee register from Sage 300 Payroll
- It’s multi-company, so if you have lots of different companies, you can use just this one payroll application instead of having to get one for every
- You can manually or automatically invite new employees to sign up for the portal
- It automatically re-sends invitations if you want
- You can see open pending invitations
- And you can deactivate users.
Long story short, if you have Sage 300 payroll, you should have the Kerr Consulting ESS portal. We’re so nice that we’ll even sell it to you if you are
somebody else’s client ‘cause we’re givers that way. The price is right, too; $750 installation fee plus an annual subscription of $750 (unless you
went to Alabama, in which case there’s an upcharge for having too good of a football team).**
*I don’t judge your vices, don’t judge mine.
** Longhorn fans should get a massive discount by this logic, but nah. We don’t really charge ‘Bama fans more either.