Now that we have won the Xero Add-On Partner of the year (cross industry) we thought we’d hang up the boots on Xero Development. #Not
We actually have three “Awesome” updates to share with Xero users:
1. Payslip export
Along with exporting to Xero timesheets, you can now export to Xero Pay Slips directly! This means you can skip the timesheet approval process in Xero and go straight to payroll. It’s perfect for when there are elements of pay that aren’t just “Hours”. Eg. distance travelled, allowances, tips etc. If you want to track wages across tracking categories, we recommend using Timesheet export.
2. Auto update
Exactly one year ago we launched Xeroshare. This site allows Xero customers (even those not using Deputy) to utilise industry rates in their Xero account. Deputy can read the rates directly in Xero which allowed configuring overtime and allowances using our bracket notation. There was just one little annoyance, you had to keep syncing the employees in Deputy. Today we’ve introduced a minor update, now you don’t have come to Deputy to update/sync the rates again. Simply setup “Updated Employee” -> “Sync Pay Rates” integration under Location Settings -> Add-Ons -> Xero.
3. Xero payroll for the UK
After working closely with the Xero Payroll team we’re proud to be the first add-on partner to release an integration for Xero Payroll UK. This will enable our customers to streamline business processes and further reduce their administrative burden. We’ve already enriched the payroll process for thousands of Aussie and US businesses. Now we’re delighted to do the same for our customers in the UK.
Our partners in the UK are notably excited about what this means for their clients, already we are hearing statements such as “This integration helps us to improve the efficiency of businesses across the UK, it’s a real game-changer for business operations today.”
To find out how it works take a look at our help article. If you would prefer to see things in action, we’re holding a special webinar on Wednesday 9th September 1pm London time (GMT +1). Click here to register for this webinar.
“Awesome” is the word I used to conclude my thank you speech on winning the Xero Cross Industry Add-on Partner of the year award in Melbourne this month. It was an appropriate word to sum up the feelings of the Deputy team, we are all so pleased to be recognised by Xero for our amazing product and hard work over the past year.
It’s also a great way to describe this year’s event held at the Melbourne Showground. Each of the 3 days held great moments. Here is a quick summary of my favourites:
Hearing our CTO Ashik Ahmed discuss his experience in building integrations and one of our great partners Jeff Azitiado of SMB Consultants talk about the connected environment and how to truly deliver a great business service to your clients – from a big picture perspective.
Witnessing 1500 Xerocon attendees participating in the day’s events and lining up to enjoy our delicious giveaway, courtesy of our fabulous customers San Churro Chocolatier.
It’s been a pleasure working so closely with Xero over the past year, we’d like to say thank you for another fantastic industry event. We would also like to give a special shout out to the deserving winners on the night including our friends at ServiceM8 for taking home partner of the year industry specific, Real Estate Investar for emerging partner and all successful accountants including Carbon Bookkeepers who took home awards on the night.
Every year at Xerocon we announce exciting updates and this year is no different with our Xero UK integration and export feature now available, read about them here.
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You’re still likely to know someone who will tell you how much better things used to be before
“technology”. This term covered anything from mobile phones to computers to fax machines to
maybe even television sets. Whatever “it” was, it was to blame for making the modern world far
too busy and far less human.
The neverending march of technology, however, has totally revolutionised business. Yes, the
business world may well be more hectic and less personal now, but technological improvements
are continuing to positively transform the way every company functions. Everything from
business operations, employee relationships, communications, marketing and customer service
are being made easier and cheaper, every day in almost every way. Our social lives might thrive
without Facebook or Twitter but our businesses would not survive without the relentless
advance of technology.
For managers and small business owners, this is equal measure blessing and curse. Sure,
technological developments will improve productivity and lead to better profitability, but how will
greater business efficiency directly help workers out in the field. Won’t they just see this as
another way they will need to do more for the same pay? Won’t they see this as an everpresent
threat to job security? Won’t they just be asking “so, boss, what’s in it for me?”
Small business advisor Dr Greg Chapman prefers to see it in another way. “Staff probably
recognise if things are going well in the business or not, and quite often they will know before
these sort of changes happen,” he says. “Everyone’s running around like a headless chook;
balls are being dropped; mistakes are happening. There’s a lot of firefighting going on.
“Potentially, fingers are being pointed for things that aren’t people’s fault. The system’s broken. I
mean, it’s like ‘I’m doing my best here but I can’t get the resources I need’.
Chapman, whose website is empowersolutions.com.au, says that employees ultimately want to
be in an environment where things work and customers are happy. Using the right technology in
the right way delivers on both of these goals.
“Their life will be less stressful,” he says. “Things happen when they’re supposed to happen,
so you’re not having to ring up at the last minute making arrangements for things that didn’t
happen the way they were supposed to. You’re not being forced to stay back to fix up someone
else’s mistakes, so you can get home on time. Doesn’t all that sound good?
“By having the right systems in place, there is far less stress. There are lots of rewards for
everyone to share when business is more profitable. There’ll probably be pay rises for everyone
because the business is more profitable and they will want to keep their staff. There might even
be opportunities for promotion.
“As the business improves, there’ll be rewards for everyone to go around. But at the very early
stages, they’ll be less stress and more job satisfaction.”
Lyn Goodear, chief executive of the Australian Human Resources Institute, says one of the
dangers managers face when they invest in timesaving technology is that it can play into the
hands of disengaged employees. “They’ll just spread out the work to fill in the time,” she says.
Goodear is an advocate for the “Talent Equation”. This is a concept by US professor and author
Dave Ulrich that contends that someone’s “talent” for a job is equivalent to their “competence”
multiplied by their “commitment” multiplied by their “contribution”. All are necessary for success,
but failure is assured if even one is missing. Introduced technology has the potential to disrupt
the wellbeing of the most “talented” employee.
“There is perhaps a natural tendency for us to fill in the spaces there, whereas if we’re being
stretched and challenged, we’ll create some personal efficiency and productivity,” Goodear
says. “I think it does ultimately come back down to defining their contribution – making sure the
job match is right for the competence, and making sure the skill set is right, and making sure
that the stretch is there.”
employees the right equipment is vital to improve business productivity.
“I’m a big believer in giving staff absolutely everything they need to do their job: iPads, the best
iMacs, extra monitors, a comfortable chair, great coffee,” Pettett said. “We don’t see any point in
hiring a new employee and then slowing them down with budget limitations.”
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