Connected Services lightens the workload of HR and payroll managers

Written by Madelein van der Watt – Development Manager, Sage Pastel Payroll & HR 


If you are an HR manager or payroll administrator at an SME, you can now ease your ever-increasing workload with Connected Services from Sage Pastel Payroll & HR.

Work more smartly and efficiently

Connected Services gives you a web-based self-service tool that enables your employees to manage and maintain their own information online, relieving you of some of your HR administrative burden. Your employees can apply online for leave, loans, bursaries and travel claims, view their payslips and update personal information – wherever they are. All they need is an internet connection.

As soon as an employee applies for leave online and it is approved by management, your payroll & HR systems are updated automatically. The software also allows you to schedule leave, a particularly useful feature during December holidays when you need “skeleton staff” and where system warnings help you to manage minimum staff levels.

Your data is safe and secure

The self-service tool enforces stringent, internationally-accepted standards of access control to authenticate your employees, letting the right people in and the wrong people out.

Hosting gives you fast access at low cost

For a Connected Services application such as Self Service, you should consider a hosted solution. This guarantees you quick deployment at low implementation cost, so you don’t have to invest in additional infrastructure to host the online application. All you need is an internet connection and a computer.

Connected Services helps to bridge the gap between online software solutions and traditional desktop applications and provides you with a seamless upgrade path to a completely cloud-based model should you require it in the future.

Connected Services give you more time to focus on growing your business

Frictionless or automated updates of payroll legislation are also part of Connected Services. They enable traditional desktop applications to update seamlessly over the internet with minimal intervention from you.

So you no longer need to visit a website to download and install updates or CD versions manually. The Connected Services functionality does it all for you, directly from your payroll software, giving you more time to concentrate on the important issues such as achieving your business goals.

RSS Feeds keep you up to speed

With Connected Services you receive RSS feeds to your desktop, giving you the latest legislative and tax changes and new system-software releases. So you’re always on track and up to date.

Mobile app gives access anywhere, any time

Connected Services enables your payroll administrator to set up each of your employees with a mobile profile to which payslip and leave details can be published. Your employees simply download the mobile application from a mobi-site, log in and view their information.

Free tax calculator puts even more power in your employees’ hands

The mobile app includes a free salary tax calculator. The app itself is not exclusive to Sage Pastel Payroll & HR, but if your company uses this software solution, your employees enjoy both the calculator and mobile access to their salary and leave details.