Before software was invented, payslips were prepared and calculated manually. And then with the invention of software spreadsheets eased the task of preparing payslips and related documents. Nowadays, majority of companies use payroll software regardless of their size. An efficient Payroll Software is necessary to make timely preparation of payslips, salary registers, statutory reports and related documents with at most accuracy. All in all, it should help you automate time-consuming processes while saving valuable time for your HR Team.
Data for all your stakeholders
Payslips for your employees, Management Information System Reports for your Top Management, Salary Transfer Statements for your Banks, Salary Variance reports for your auditors, Income Tax statements for the Tax department, Statutory reports for the government; the Payroll Software should generate data for all your stakeholders.
Statutory Compliance
No matter where you live, the payroll software should help you to be complaint with the legal and statutory norms in all countries where your business has presence. The software should generate reports and statements that you can submit to the government. Payroll Software should have support for Provident fund, Employee State Insurance, Professional tax, Wage Protection System and so on.
Management Reporting
The Payroll Software should provide information to the Top Management to monitor the payroll cost and to make wise decisions to control it. The Top Management should also get information on trends in employee attrition, change in payroll costs and so on.
Employee Self Service
Employee Self Service allows payslips to be published online which enables employees to access payroll information from anywhere. Employee Self Service also allows employees to choose income tax structures and to make Income tax declarations.
Audit Reports
The complexity of payroll increases with the number of employees. When you are managing a large number of employees, it becomes critical to make accurate audits of payroll data. The payroll software should make this process easy for the auditors by providing them enough information.
Income Tax |PAYE
The payroll software should have provision to configure Income tax rules of different countries so that the Income tax processing can be fully automated. The software should automatically calculate income tax to be paid and should also prepare tax statements to be submitted to the income tax department.

Bank Transfer
The payroll software generates salary transfer statements that can be uploaded directly to your banks or WPS system. The payroll software makes the process easy by generating salary transfer statements in the format required by the banks.
User-defined Salary Structures
The payroll software should allow you to create payroll heads, specify your own payroll formulae and to organize the payroll heads into multiple payroll structures. The software should be flexible enough to configure payroll in different payroll structures for different groups of employees in your company.
Integration with Time Attendance Devices
Employee clock in/clock out times are used to make calculations in payroll such as lateness, overtime, work duration and so on. Integration with time attendance devices enables payroll software to automate payroll processing with reference to attendance data.
Multiple Currencies
When you have your workforce in different countries, it becomes mandatory for you to process and pay out payroll in multiple currencies. The payroll software should also facilitate currency conversion and generate reports for each currency. The software should also allow you to process all currencies from your centralized office.
Customizable Payslips
Ability to customize your payslips enables you to fill the payslips with information your employees would appreciate. The payroll software should allow you to display additional information on overtime, lateness, leaves, leave balances and so on.
Loans, Advances, Bonus and so on
You may have offered additional facilities to the benefit of your employees which should also be considered while processing payroll. A loan issued to an employee should be recovered in instalments, the salary paid in advance should reflect in the payslip, and so on. To accommodate these your payroll software should also have additional features like Loans & Advance Management, Bonus, Gratuity, Arrears, Welfare Fund, and so on.
Full and Final Settlement
When an employee leaves, you should compensate him according to the years of service, unused leave balances, assets he is holding, bonus, ex-gratia and so on. So, the final settlement has more than just monthly payroll, and it helps if the payroll software has a dedicated full and final settlement option to calculate all aspects of an employee leaving.
Payroll on Cloud or Payroll On-premise
When payroll is on cloud you don’t have to worry about maintaining servers and other Information technology related issues. Also, you don’t have to purchase expensive computer hardware or employ IT engineers. But, some companies prefer to keep the data on-premise due to security concerns. Some payroll software allow you to move from ‘Cloud’ to ‘On-premise’ and vice versa.
Allows Data Migration
When you switch over to a new payroll system, you will have to migrate the old data. Make sure the new payroll software allows this.
Allows customizations
Every company is unique. You may have to implement specific checks or calculations in your payroll processing to ensure completely automated processing while taking care of all your company rules. This requires that your payroll software vendor allows at least minor additions to the software to accommodate your requirement.

High accuracy and on time
The payslip of an employee is generated based on his work duration, lateness, overtime, leaves and so on. The software should be capable of calculating all these with at most accuracy. Even when there are a large number of employees, the software should be able to process payroll to be released to employees on time.
Low processing time
It should be possible to define the attendance, leave, payroll rules up front so that the payroll is processed with reference to the rules specified. You may not be able to start processing payroll until the payroll period is over and then you usually have very little time to release the payroll to your employees and the software should be able to process payroll in such limited time.
Less prone to errors
Many companies still use Microsoft excel to process payroll; but this has many limitations. In excel, every cell can have a formulae and it is easy to make a mistake if you edit formulae for each employee. A payroll software should be designed in such a way that it is less prone to such errors.
Minimal Manual Intervention
Payroll is usually processed based on attendance, leave, overtime data. The software should automate the collection of these data as much as possible to minimise manual intervention. Time Attendance devices are used to collect attendance data. Employee Self Service module is used to collect leave data. The payroll software should be able to communicate with these modules to capture data automatically without any manual intervention.
Lenvica’s AttendHRM is an HRMS with a payroll module which has all of the features listed above. AttendHRM is designed to work with small to large companies with a few to several thousand employees.

Author's Bio: 

Lenvica supplies comprehensive Human Resource Software Solutions for complete HR Management. With years of experience specializing in development of HR software, the Lenvica software portfolio include Attendance Software, Payroll Software, Leave Management, Shift Management, Project Management solutions, developed to solve complex HR software needs of small to large organizations.