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Top Five Payroll Priorities for Business Owners in 2019

September 05, 2018

Asked to consider the future of payroll for their businesses, employers cite direct deposit as the functionality they are most likely to offer employees in the next year. A recent survey, conducted in recognition of National Payroll Week by Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, HR, retirement, and insurance services, polled 500 randomly selected business owners with two to 500 employees to find out what changes they plan to make to their payroll processes in the next 12 months.

The study revealed the following five payroll priorities:

  1. Offering direct deposit – 27%
  2. Providing electronic paystubs – 15%
  3. Offering smartphone access to payroll information – 11%
  4. Extending daily pay options – 10%
  5. Outsourcing payroll – 10%

“In today’s digital world, with the ability to buy goods and services with a simple tap on a mobile device, employees value – and increasingly expect – fast and easy access to payroll funds,” says Martin Mucci, Paychex president and CEO. “Delivering payday efficiency, direct deposit is a recruiting asset that business owners can use to help attract top talent. It also has the potential to serve as a financial fitness tool, enabling employees to save automatically.”

From an employer standpoint, in addition to eliminating the cost of paper checks, direct deposit can reduce overall time spent on payroll, freeing HR and payroll staff to focus on other business functions.

About the Paychex Small Business Snapshot
Data included in the Paychex Small Business Snapshot was taken from the results of a Paychex Small Business Survey. The survey was conducted online between June 18 and June 27, 2018, polling 500 principals of U.S. companies with two to 500 employees.

Disclaimer: The data cited in this news release represents the opinions of the survey respondents and not those of Paychex or its employees.

About Paychex
Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, human resources, retirement, and insurance services. By combining its innovative software-as-a-service technology and mobility platform with dedicated, personal service, Paychex empowers small- and medium-sized business owners to focus on the growth and management of their business. Backed by more than 45 years of industry expertise, Paychex serves over 650,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2018, across more than 100 locations in the U.S. and Europe, and pays one out of every 12 American private sector employees. Learn more about Paychex by visiting, and stay connected on Twitter and LinkedIn.