Recognising Payroll Excellence

The newly revamped NZPPA awards celebrate and recognise payroll excellence in the New Zealand payroll industry.

These annual excellence awards celebrate the successes of payroll leaders, professionals, teams and providers (outsourced and systems) in the New Zealand payroll industry. The awards encourage the development of payroll as a recognised profession.

Entries open in August each year and winners are announced at the NZPPA payroll conference held annually in October.

There is no charge to enter the awards and all entries are confidential.

2019 Payroll Excellence Awards

Nominations open on 2nd August 2019 and close on 6th September 2019.

Payroll practitioners are the unsung heroes of business. They manage one of the largest costs an employer has while applying legislation, deadlines and a changing work environment, all for the purpose of paying employees correctly and on time.

There are five category awards that make up the NZPPA payroll industry awards:

  • Payroll Leader of the Year

This award recognises the payroll leader who has shown exceptional leadership in any or all of the following areas: development of their team, promotion of payroll to the rest of the business, achieving recognised results for payroll in compliance, cost effectiveness or best practice over the last 12 months.

  • Payroll Professional of the Year

This award recognises the payroll professional who is an exceptional performer and has gone above and beyond in their role as a payroll professional to assist the business, the employees they pay or even in developing the payroll industry.

  • Payroll Team of the Year

This award recognises the payroll team that together has performed exceptionally for the business and its employees, achieving a business outcome (increased productivity, cost savings etc.) over the last 12 months.

  • Payroll Outsourced Provider of the Year

This award recognises an outsourced payroll provider that processes payroll on behalf of an employer, has provided exceptional service to the business and has helped in their work to achieve an essential outcome that aids payroll regarding compliance, cost effectiveness or best practice.

 

*Any payroll provider can be nominated but payroll providers cannot nominate their own business.

 

  • Payroll System Provider of the Year

This award recognises a payroll software provider that delivers exceptional service to a business. This provider has helped and assisted a payroll professional in their work to achieve an essential outcome, or has provided payroll tools and functionality that aids payroll regarding compliance, cost effectiveness or best practice.

*Any payroll provider can be nominated but payroll providers cannot nominate their own business.

Please note: Payroll Outsourced Provider and Payroll System Provider awards are only available to NZ-based providers.

Winners will be announced at the NZPPA Annual Conference held in Auckland in October. The award winners will be contacted prior to the conference so they can attend to receive their awards.

Guidance on what can be included in your nomination is given below.

Why you should enter

Entering these awards allows the wider payroll industry to acknowledge and celebrate payroll excellence and promotes payroll as a profession in NZ.

NZPPA Awards Process

Nominations for the NZPPA awards open in August each year and the awards process is detailed in this section.

The aim of the NZPPA awards is to celebrate the exceptional work payroll leaders, individuals, teams and payroll suppliers do within the New Zealand payroll industry.

Winners will receive the following:

NZPPA Payroll Leader of the Year

  • A framed award and trophy
  • NZPPA training vouchers to the value of $200
  • Prezzy card to the value of $200
  • Article in ePayroll
  • A listing as this year’s winner on the NZPPA website

NZPPA Payroll Practitioner of the Year

  • A framed award and trophy
  • NZPPA training vouchers to the value of $200
  • Prezzy card to the value of $200
  • Article in ePayroll
  • A listing as this year’s winner on the NZPPA website

NZPPA Payroll Team of the Year

  • A framed award and trophy
  • NZPPA training vouchers to the value of $100 for each team member
  • Prezzy card to the value of $600
  • Article in ePayroll
  • A listing as this year’s winner on the NZPPA website

NZPPA Payroll Outsourced Provider of the Year

  • A framed award and trophy
  • Article in ePayroll
  • Ability to use the award recognition in advertising for the next year
  • A listing as this year’s winner on the NZPPA website

NZPPA Payroll System Provider of the Year

  • A framed award and trophy
  • Article in ePayroll
  • Ability to use the award recognition in advertising for the next year
  • A listing as this year’s winner on the NZPPA website

Who can enter?

  • Any person involved in NZ payroll based in NZ is eligible to enter, whether they are a member of the NZPPA or not.

How to enter

Payroll Leader, Practitioner and Payroll Team Awards:

To apply for Payroll Leader, Practitioner or Payroll Team of the Year awards applicants must provide the following:

  • Clearly state what award you are applying for (payroll leader, practitioner or team).
  • State in detail (at least) three examples of how exceptional work in payroll has been achieved, how it has impacted on payroll, the business or employees.
  • The immediate manager of the payroll leader, practitioner or team must endorse the award application.
  • Include a photo of the individual leader, practitioner or team (to be used on the NZPPA website and in ePayroll).
  • Send your application via email to: [email protected]

Payroll Provider (Outsourced & Payroll System) of the Year Award

To nominate you must provide the following:

  • The name of the payroll provider you are nominating and the award category – Outsourced or Payroll System Provider of the Year. A combined nomination will not be accepted.
  • State in detail why this payroll provider should be the winner based on any of the following: exceptional service to a business, helping and assisting a payroll practitioner in their work to achieve an essential outcome, or providing payroll tools and functionality that aids payroll in regard to compliance, cost effectiveness or functionality.
  • Send your application via email to: [email protected]

*Payroll suppliers and their staff cannot vote for themselves in the above awards.

Judging process and confidentiality

Who are the judges?

Each award is judged by five judging panels each of which includes a minimum of three NZPPA certified payroll professionals (from any of the five certification levels). Judges cannot be involved in a panel if they have a made an application for the specific award.

*NZPPA employees are excluded from the judging panels and the decision-making process.

What are the judges looking for?

The judges are seeking to recognise the exceptional contribution of a payroll leader, individual, team or payroll provider that has demonstrated great execution of good business ideas and practices, while having developed and remained focused on their future direction.

Entry confidentiality

For the awards process to be effective, there must be unquestionable fairness and objectivity for all concerned.

  • All award applications are treated as confidential by the organising team and judges.
  • The awards management process is comprised of employees of the NZPPA, who are impartial and are not involved in the selection of award winners.
  • Judges will be asked to declare any conflicts of interest and if necessary alternative judging arrangements will be made.
  • Each judge has volunteered their time without compensation and is committed to assist with the success of the awards.
  • Judging decisions remain confidential to judges and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the awards.

A NZPPA judging panel will assess all applications made.

Timeline for the awards

Applications for this year’s awards will be accepted from 2nd August and close on 6th September.

The awards will be presented on 10th October at the NZPPA Annual Conference held at Auckland’s Stamford Plaza Hotel.

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