Four reasons why Gusto is a must-have Clover App

Bringing employees aboard can open up new horizons for your businesses, but employee onboarding and management also means a host of new tasks, requirements, and costs. That’s why some enterprise businesses employ entire teams to manage their human resources.

One of apps in the Clover App Market set out to distill key human resources tasks into a single, easy-to-use app--and they succeeded. Gusto offers intuitive employee management tools that are purpose-built for small businesses. Here’s why this type of tool is so essential for small businesses who want to get employee management right.

Because payroll can be costly

Payroll is a must-do activity for small businesses with employees or contractors. But doing payroll can command a high cost not only in terms of the expense of payroll software and/or professionals, but also in terms of the time business owners must spend managing documents and overseeing the payroll process as a whole.

During initial setup, the Gusto apps walks small businesses step-by-step through their business scenario. The payroll requirements and processes that result from that setup power recurring payroll processing, saving businesses a significant amount of time whenever their employees and/or contractors need to be paid.

The app also sends reminders to managers to run payroll--making for one less action item they need to keep track of in their heads. And the system pays off, with three in four Gusto users reporting that they run their payroll in 10 minutes or less using the app. For businesses with hourly employees, Gusto also ingests time tracking information automatically. And the app syncs payroll information out to other software, including systems that manage business accounting and benefits.

Because the devil is in the details

Running a successful business is, in large part, about getting a million little things right. On the flip side, falling short on the small details can have an outsized negative impact on your time, your mindshare, and even your business’s bank account.

Often, the pathway to growing your business entails adding employees to your team. But scaling the number of people who work in your business can also mean scaling mistakes, inefficiencies, and risk. Making sure your team is on the same page, performing up to your standards, and communicating effectively with both you and one another can help mitigate some of the risks of adding more people to your staff.

As an all-in-one human resources and employee management tool, Gusto helps small business centralize, automate, and execute some of the tools and tasks that can help your staff stay organized. These include time off requests to ensure you’re always covered; organizational charts to help you make sense of how well you’re resourced; and employee handbooks that document performance standards, roles, processes, and procedures.

Because candid feedback is gold

As a business owner or manager, one of the most useful tools you can have in your quiver is the ability to take the temperature of your staff and stay on top of the collective mood. A bad mood can presage angry eruptions, resignations, and all other manner of staff-based calamity. Because of this, understanding morale is the next best thing to having a crystal ball.

Few capabilities are more effective at enabling you to understand where employees’ heads are than a system to collect feedback from them, whether named or anonymously.

The benefits are twofold. First, collective employee morale is proven to have a significant effect on overall employee satisfaction. And employee satisfaction is directly correlated with performance, both of your employees individually and of your business as a whole. Promoting and collecting feedback not only helps you identify and address issues before they metastasize, it also provides a release valve that can help employees blow off steam and help head off conflagrations.

Secondly, employees are important eyes and ears for reporting to you what is going right and wrong in your business. Not only are they your customer service frontline, but operational inefficiencies and blockers in your business will affect them most acutely. A system for collecting and addressing feedback can help you root out problems, and exploit opportunities, that may have gone unnoticed to you.

Gusto helps you stay on top of what your employees are thinking and experiencing. It includes a tool that lets you collect feedback and recommendations from your team. And if you want to know something specific, you can manage the scope of the feedback you receive using the app’s anonymous survey feature.

Because first impressions are everything

Starting a new job is often an excitement-filled event for employees, but it can also be nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing, especially if the pre-boarding and onboarding experiences aren’t buttoned up. A smooth onboarding experience sets the right tone for an employer/employee relationship. What’s the right tone? Professional, considerate, thorough, and accurate.

Gusto offers small businesses the type of onboarding experience that was previously reserved for new hires at larger enterprises with human resources staffs. They include slick offer letters for new employees; online delivery and submission of required information and forms; and fun getting-to-know-you experiences that make new hires feel welcome to the team from the beginning--and give you the information you need to make them feel appreciated and inspire great performance.

And it integrates with Clover!

Gusto is one of the must-have apps in the Clover App Market. It offers full-service payroll, straightforward benefits, and access to expert human resources support to help you run a tight ship, save time on critical tasks, and keep valuable employees happy. To learn more about Gusto, visit the Clover App Market.