Payroll is a list you use to calculate the workers’ wages according to their policies, which could be a per-time or per-piece wage. The payroll also includes information about the employees.
From any amenities or perks to the employee’s salary package to the fixed deductions and attendance history, the payroll document includes all the minute details that could affect the net payable amount of a salaried employee.
Any cash paid by the business is called an outflow, and because the company pays its employees, payroll is also an outflow. If the sum amount of payroll is high, then the cash flow could end up hostile if the overall outflows are more significant than the inflows (incomes) of the business. The chances of outflow being more significant are more likely because payroll is one of the business’s most significant expenses and could negatively affect the net cash flows, making it a liquidity problem.
As payroll plays a significant role in the expense account of the business, any error or mistake can be a barrier to making a successful payroll document. A few common problems in payroll are:
An improper payment to an employee will result in imbalanced records and will further become a problem while creating cash flow statements. Inaccuracy becomes the problem as this will result in an incorrect cash flow. Overstating the cash flow means that the outflows recorded in the statement are less than the actual amount, creating the concept that the business has enough cash to expand or pay off its debts when it’s untrue. Another issue is if it is understated, which will result in negative cash flow, and the finance department will be unnecessarily worried.
- Not recording the attendance of a staff member
If the authorities are not tracking employees’ absences, this will affect the profit calculation of the business.
- The confusion caused by part-time employees
Some businesses work with full-time employees, part-time employees, and contractors. Sometimes it is hard to classify what employee comes under what group, which is confusing while listing a payroll.
- Not having enough funds to pay wages
When a business has low profits, paying its employees’ wages gets complicated as it is one of the most significant expenses. The company might have to take a loan to pay its workers in this situation. Not having enough funds to pay wages is also a cash flow problem because the business will need excessive funds to pay the salaries, generating through loans that will give rise to outflows.
Payroll problems end up with cash flow problems in the long run, as payroll is part of cash flow. To avoid these payroll and cash flow issues, companies should find efficient ways to prevent these risks.
- An efficient attendance recording system
A business could always invest in a punching clock or thumb impression recording system to get accurate employee information. A punch system provides information like the employees’ performance and working hours.
- An automated payroll/accounting software
The business should also install payroll software to save themselves from the burden of recording all the details of the employees.
Long-term Planning & Cost optimization
To ensure that you always have cash in hand for wages and salaries, try cutting down other avoidable expenses like finding a cheaper supplier or a place with lesser rent. The business could also issue a business credit card to earn a line of credit to pay their employees- make sure not to exceed your limit and pay before the due date. If a business can’t afford a few employees, it can make them redundant and find contractors or part-time employees who ask for lesser wages. If nothing works and you can take debts, you could sell a non-current asset to have additional funds in the business and have a better position in the net cash flows.About Complete Controller® – America’s Bookkeeping Experts Complete Controller is the Nation’s Leader in virtual bookkeeping, providing service to businesses and households alike. Utilizing Complete Controller’s technology, clients gain access to a cloud platform where their QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools are hosted in an efficient SSO environment. Complete Controller’s team of certified US-based accounting professionals provide bookkeeping, record storage, performance reporting, and controller services including training, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, process and controls advisement, and bill-pay. With flat-rate service plans, Complete Controller is the most cost-effective expert accounting solution for business, family-office, trusts, and households of any size or complexity.