The Significance of National Payroll Week (Especially in 2020)

September 9, 2020      By Andrew Taylor

Ultimate Takeaway
  • National Payroll Week is underway from September 7-11.
  • Payroll professionals play a huge role in our economy—collecting, contributing, and reporting 70% of the U.S. Treasury’s annual revenue
  • There are some key steps (and a link) you can follow to celebrate National Payroll Week this year.

Take one look at this list of holidays and something should become abundantly clear—we all love finding reasons celebrate. From National Donut Day to National Good Neighbor Day, people across the country and across the world simply don’t turn down an opportunity to highlight and share their joy for the things that matter most in their lives.

When Labor Day rolls around each year, not only are we reminded to get our grills going, but we are also reminded to celebrate and acknowledge the fruits of our labor. And what better way to commemorate the significance of “an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay” than by celebrating those who ensure we receive that honest day’s pay?

National Payroll Week is underway, and we have the opportunity to say a huge “Thank you!” to the payroll professionals in our lives.

Unsung Heroes of Our Livelihood

We recognize the efforts of payroll professionals any time our paycheck arrives on time. We recognize the efforts of payroll professionals any time we make a purchase with our hard-earned dollars. We recognize the efforts of payroll professionals on so many occasions—we just don’t always recognize those efforts aloud.

The truth is, many of us have reached out to our payroll departments at some point in our careers, but the reason isn’t always to express gratitude. It seems far more common for employees to contact their payroll professionals when there’s something wrong—which is a huge reason why the American Payroll Association (APA) founded this holiday back in 1996.  

Payroll professionals don’t just ensure we get paid accurately and on time, they are an integral part of our entire economy. In fact, payroll professionals collect, contribute, and report 70% of the U.S. Treasury’s annual revenue. And with all of the unexpected changes that have occurred this year, it’s fair to say that an extra “thank you” may be due to the payroll professionals who continue to help us remain resilient.

How to Say “Thank You” to Payroll

It’s one thing to acknowledge that we need to say thank you to the payroll professionals in our organizations, but now let’s talk about how we do it. Payroll teams are known for being accurate and timely, so perhaps it’s fitting that our appreciation for them is expressed in a similar fashion.

Make it Accurate

Let them know how much you appreciate them but be sure to include your “why.” Maybe you recently saved up for your first home, paid for your child’s education, or just bought yourself something nice. Whatever it may be, we all have something that we’ve all leveraged our compensation in meaningful ways—and we have payroll to thank for making it possible. Tell your payroll professionals exactly why you appreciate them. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.

Make it Timely

National Payroll Week is the perfect time to express your gratitude for your payroll teams, but there’s also no wrong time to thank them either. We don’t need to wait another 365 days to tell our payroll professionals that we’re thankful for them. Send them a thank you any time of the year. It’s the appreciation that people don’t see coming that often means the most, so don’t wait.

A huge thank you to the fantastic payroll professionals of UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) and beyond—this week and any week.

For even more ways to celebrate, visit our National Payroll Week resource page.

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1 Comment

  1. Avatar Martin Brower on October 30, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Many people may not even know that there is something called National Payroll Week. Certainly, this week has a great significance in our lives. Very helpful post.

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