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The Role Of HR In Travel & Expense Management

Posted by Mohana Madhurakavi on Aug 10, 2017 3:20:08 PM

The human resource department forms the administrative core of any company. The more efficient and productive the HR team is, the happier they can keep the company’s employees. With people management being their main focus, it is only right organisations do whatever it takes to make other processes simpler for them. Expense management is one such process.44% companies agree that HR integrations are a must for expense management tools. An expense management software can not only make reimbursement cycles faster for employees, but also ensure HR and payroll teams are benefited from it and they can use the expense data to make smart and strategic decisions.

 

How can an automated expense management solution help the Human resource department perform better?

Reimbursements are an integral part of human resources and payroll. It is up to the HR to reimburse employees on time, ensure there are no obstacles hindering employee satisfaction and help the staff stay motivated at all times. An expense management solution can achieve all these things just by offering employees an easy way out of doing expense reports and keeping track of paper receipts.

 

Reimburse your employees faster 

HR executives must have had employees remind them about reimbursements that are due. In fact, 20% companies have claimed lengthy reimbursement times are a problem with expense management. Expense tracking tools aim to make them faster. By completely automating the reimbursement procedure, there is little to no need for manual data entry and time taken for approvals is drastically reduced with the help of email alerts. Regardless of whether it is business mileage or per diems, every expense can be recorded according to the company’s policies. With all the necessary documents and a trail of expenses under one platform, employees can send in expense claims quickly and HR teams can assure lightening fast reimbursements.

 

Mobile expenses for 21st century employees 

Mobile and flexible expense management

The idea of attending to administrative work at any time and any place with just the use of one device makes automated expense management tools all the more desirable. Mobile apps enable users to take pictures of paper bills as proof of documents. Managers are alerted about newly recorded expenses and smart approval workflows see to that all claims are approved and with the help of policy checks fraud is kept away. Not only is expense tracking easier, but with one-click expense reports containing breakdown of spend and supporting proof , there is no hassle in submissions and HR teams can view these reports in real time.

 

Paperless process 

Manual processes involve a lot of paperwork and only result in tons of data entry, a large investment of time and require careful maintenance of records. All this with no guarantee that there it will be error-free. An automated expense management system can seamlessly integrate with HRM modules. Data on salary reimbursements, information on cash advances & number of approved claims can flow to HR teams making sure that there is no errors in between and ensuring employees get accurately reimbursed on time. The process completely avoids the need for making copies and re-scanning documents multiple times. Furthermore, employee records are up to date at all times.

 

Better discounts for employees 

Vendor Insights from Expense Reports

 Employee satisfaction and happiness is an important inclusion in the HR’s list of duties. One way of ensuring your employees are happy is to help them save money in any way possible. Expense analytical reports help HR teams gain an insight on how much money is being spent on food, travel and more. This way the company can negotiate discounts with the most preferred vendors and make good deals to benefit the staff. Creating these benefits for employees in the form of food coupons, membership cards, etc helps motivate employees to perform better and also helps them save. In addition, the company can cut costs by negotiating vendor discounts on business expenses.

 

Making payroll more efficient 

Thanks to big data, information collected through the software can be assimilated and compiled into analytical reports. With trends and statistics on the kind of expenses being recorded and the size of these expenses, HR teams can gain a clear picture on the behaviour patterns of employees. This will further help them make decisions on whether or not to include certain expenditures as a part of employee salary structures. For example, if most employees are claiming mobile bills every month, the organisation can increase the mobile reimbursement allowance as a part of the salary. This will further help employees reduce their tax liabilities.

In addition to the above benefits, new employees need not be trained to file expenses. It is as simple as making an account and they can start tracking and recording spend in real time.

employees are likely to switch employers with slow reimbursements

 

As per certain market estimates, travel and expense management is second most difficult cost to handle and monitor. In a Wakefield research survey, 73% employees said they were likely to look for a new employer if reimbursement cycles were constantly slow. Thus, it is vital to have a means by which employees are not struggling to make expense reports and organisations are able to sustain their workforce and keep them satisfied. Human resource teams work very hard to recruit worthy candidates and maintain the employee life-cycle. A fully automated solution can help employees claim their money back faster and help cement a strong relationship between HR teams and the staff.

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