By: Burke Brown

Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish what needs to be done? Thanks to continually improving technology, there are systems that can eliminate unnecessary draws on your time and streamline many of the ‘daily’ tasks you find yourself involved in as a business owner, HR director, manager, or payroll staff. One of these systems that can greatly simplify your life is ESS, Employee Self Service.
This is a great tool that allows for better communication and empowers the employees – it saves time for your HR and management by providing 24/7 access to your employees. ESS allows the employees to access their payroll information anytime, anywhere – this includes their paystubs, deductions, withholdings, contact info, emergency info, benefits, etc. You don’t have to be the ‘go to’ in answering those constant payroll questions by employees. When employees are applying for a loan, changing exemptions, checking vacation time, or updating their address they can access all the information they need on their own. It’s at their fingertips, wherever they are. Employees also have access to change certain fields and any changes made will automatically update in our system, saving you time to focus on other more important activities.

Not only is it a benefit for the employee to have access to their pay information, but it’s also a great way to communicate with the employees regardless of location. Company documents (ie. employee manuals, insurance applications, company procedures, etc.) can be put on the ESS instead of having to manually update, re-print, and distribute this information to each employee. You can also store employee specific documents on the ESS portal.

In short, ESS can be a powerful tool that empowers the employees, saves time and money, improves morale, and shows you are interested in taking care of the employee – some businesses also like how high tech and stable it makes them seem. For questions on how to start using ESS please email me at


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