Getting Involved in NPW

NPW only comes around once a year, so now is your chance to get involved and recognize your staff! Taking part in the NPW means taking pride in your profession. Help your colleagues and the community to better understand the critical mission of payroll and what it means to be a payroll practitioner!

How can I get involved?

NPW provides us with the opportunity to educate others, take pride in our work, and demonstrate the value of a system that works for all Canadians.

Stay informed

Don’t forget to use #NPW2017 in your posts.

Spread the word

Let people know it’s National Payroll Week.

  • Decorate your payroll department with balloons, streamers and NPW posters; and entice your colleagues to visit your department and inquire about NPW.
  • Invite your colleagues to one NPW event
  • Don’t forget to take lots of pictures to share with the CPA!

Educate your co-workers

Many individuals at your own organization can greatly benefit from learning about their paycheque, direct deposit, savings plans, benefits, T4 slips, ROE forms – to name only a few. Use NPW as an opportunity to educate them.

  • Organize a Lunch & Learn program for the week of NPW, focusing on a different payroll function or initiative every day.
  • Set up an information fair for employees and bring in outside partners, such as the Canada Revenue Agency, Service Canada, your payroll service or your benefits provider.
  • Write a short article for your newsletter or intranet, or send daily messages via email.
  • Set up a payroll information table in the cafeteria.

Share your payroll knowledge and expertise

It’s as easy as sharing what you already know. Reach out to your local community, your workplace, local schools and youth groups, co-workers and small business owners, literacy organizations and job re-entry programs. You have something to teach individuals in all of these settings.

Youth outreach

Approach your local high school with an offer to teach students about payroll. Call the school principal or central office and ask for the name of the business, social studies or economics teacher. Be sure to include some information with your request. Rest assured that your efforts will be much appreciated – many other payroll practitioners have done this before, and we’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews.

Also, meet with school guidance counselors to inform them about career possibilities in payroll – don’t forget the CPA’s certification program. Meet with younger students to explain how the system works – what their salary can buy for them and how statutory deductions help build schools, parks and roads.

If you have any other ideas or suggestions on how to get involved in NPW, please email us at

How can I recognize my payroll employees?

Courtesy of Robert Half International

Employee recognition should be an ongoing priority for managers. Like all personnel, payroll staff who see their efforts are appreciated are more motivated, productive and likely to remain with the company over the long term. Taking time to acknowledge your payroll employees’ achievements during National Payroll Week can be especially powerful. This is the time to shine the light on payroll practitioners and all of the ways they help your organization.

Following are seven ways you can recognize your team during this celebration:

1. Say “thank you.”

It may sound simple, but perhaps the best way to recognize staff is to thank them for their contributions. Whether in-person, via email or with a handwritten note, letting employees know you appreciate their work will show you care and motivate them to continue performing at a high level.

2. Take the team to lunch.

Set aside a day during National Payroll Week to treat the group to a meal. Keep the atmosphere fun, and let them – and their colleagues from other departments – know this is their time to be honoured.

3. Give out bonuses.

Consider spot bonuses. Alternatively, look for options that will mean the most to your staff. For instance, you could offer movie passes to your cinema aficionados or baseball tickets to the sports fans in your department.

4. Call out employees’ achievements to executives.

Everyone likes to see their contributions highlighted, and it’s particularly special when senior managers recognize their great work. If you send an email with kudos, copy your manager and, if appropriate, his or her boss.

5. Let the group leave early one day.

It’s easy, free and always appreciated. Perhaps the Friday of National Payroll Week, give your team the afternoon off to get a head start on the weekend.

6. Decorate staff members’ desks.

Adorning professionals’ workstations will encourage colleagues from throughout the company to recognize their contributions.

7. Throw a party.

Set up a celebration, and invite other managers and personnel who interact regularly with the payroll department to join. It could be over a meal or refreshments later in the day, but the key is to make it festive and focused on your team.

However you choose to recognize your payroll staff, make it personal and sincere. The time you take and effort you make will be greatly appreciated and lead to stronger relationships between you and your team.

Founded in 1948, Robert Half International is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. The company’s financial staffing divisions include Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Robert Half Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively. The company has more than 350 staffing locations worldwide and offers online job search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed at