Certified Payroll Software Options

For those of you who execute payroll for your companies, you know that it can be a complicated and consuming process. The demands of maintaining the employee records along with tax payments and schedules can be a full time job in itself. As a small business owner your objective should be to streamline your process so that the majority of your time isn’t spent doing administrative tasks such as payroll. And what about specialized payroll functions and processes? Contractors and construction businesses will know what I’m referring to when I mention certified payroll.

Certified Payroll exists when contractors and subcontractors perform work on federally financed or assisted construction contracts. The Copeland Act (40 U.S.C. ยง 3145) requires these contractors to “furnish weekly a statement with respect to the wages paid each employee during the preceding week.” U.S. Department of require contractors to submit weekly a copy of all payrolls to the Federal agency contracting for or financing the construction project, accompanied by a signed “Statement of Compliance” indicating that the payrolls are correct and complete and that each laborer or mechanic has been paid not less than the proper Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rate for the work performed. Okay, that’s a mouthful; however, this is what the typical contractor deals with on a weekly basis when handling this special type of payroll. The good news is that this process can be automated with the proper software package.

The software of choice for my business and my clients has been Quick Books. Quick Books already comes with features that handle payroll, but even better, there are software packages out there on the market that integrates with Quick Books for various purposes. One of those purposes is certified payroll. Currently there exist several add-ons that streamlines the whole process of downloading payroll data into modules that will generate this government required certified payroll report. If you have ever had the privilege of completing certified payroll reports, then you know how time consuming it can be, especially when you have workers who are spread across various jobs during different periods.

Depending upon the job and the hours performed on each, you may have to prorate that time at different wage rates. This involves numerous calculations. In addition, if you are reporting for union workers, we’re talking about more complications. Integrative software such as Sunburst Certified Payroll Solution or Quantum Certified Payroll Project Manager will assist in collecting the weekly time and wage data needed to complete the report. These programs are designed to import all job specific information from Quick Books directly into its program. Once the data is culminated, reports can be generated that are in a format which complies with governmental standards. The key features of these programs will not only save you time but will allow you to become more efficient so that you can concentrate on your business instead of the paperwork.

Automation is the key, and it’s best that you take full advantage of it to stay competitive in this market. The money you spend today on one of these programs today will save you valuable time and money in the long run.

Partnering for your success

Jacqueline E.  Williams

Financial Strategist

Neurolinguistic Programming – 15 Protocols to Master Modeling Technology

It has come to my attention that many neurolinguistic experts are propagating NLP in the form of its applications. While this is not a bad idea, because it definitely is more commercially viable, it creates confusion in the marketplace.

How many of you actually saw that NLP was a motivational training program? Or maybe, it was something to do with pop psychology? In reality, NLP is none of these. It can be literally everything you wanted to be. And that is why, this article was written to help make clear the fact that NLP is all about modeling someone’s expertise.

Now, I’m not talking about modeling as in catwalks. What’s more specifically important for the process of modeling mastery is understanding how the human psychology works. I need to know what’s going on inside your mind. The only way for me to do this is to observe your behavior, listen to your language use, and also the kinds of reactions you have in relation to the rest of the world around you.

Various protocols in modeling. Each of these protocols will help define how you process the model itself.

1 Awareness: develop sensory acuity, modeling models.

We first need to be aware of the things around us, especially of patterns of behavior in our models. This can be done by using sensory training systems. In fact, there are more senses (including infrared sensing, vestibular sensing) that contributes to our reality. Without a proper training system, you would be less intuitive, less flexible in your responses, let along create change in others.

2 Recognition: Identify and recognize role models and results

How do you know who your role models are? Start looking. Perhaps you will even find some role models right under your nose because you didn’t consider them as such. Just remember that anyone who is achieving some result better than you can be considered a role model.

3 Outcome: Why is it that you want to model after this person?

This is an important question. Your outcome, values and what is important to you will drive you to learn how to do this so that you are committed to it, rather than having a skill half-baked.

4 Triggers: What gets it started?

Every human behavior is triggered off by the external surroundings and mediated by internal processes. To get a complete modeling blueprint, you must have awareness of the triggers that initiated those processes. They are sensory in nature and are part of a domino effect of mental processes we are not really aware of.

5 Chunking: What are the parts of this model?

In understanding chunking, a model often does not give you clear directions in terms of what to do unless you control the responses. You must know how to break the overall strategy into parts in order to have a logical flow of ideas and processes. Without this, you have lots of ‘content’ but no ‘context’ that you can have a clear application on.

6 Sequencing: How do the parts connect? Do I see anything missing?

As with any process, you need to ensure that the mental blueprints are connected properly. Without the correct flow between chunks of the mental blueprint, you often end up with gaps and have to speak to your model again.

7 Metaphor: What metaphor is this model like?

This is something I might do to get a richer map of the experience. A model who is able to provide a deeper, richer map will give me finer distinctions of their mental blueprint. So, it’s different “being a good golfer” compared with a “champion of the green”.

8 Contrast: How does this strategy of excellence compare with a mediocre one?

You need to sometimes make comparative explorations. If someone is good at cooking, what is it benchmarked against? If you have comparative data, ask the model to analyze that and find out what the difference is between this level of performance compared with his/hers.

9 Evidence: How do I know I’m doing it right?

In NLP, we talk about evidence procedures. Everyone has a map of the world that filters information. You simply need to filter it correctly (i.e. are all the things that need to be present in my strategy) to know you are “good” at doing this skill.

10 Stakeholders: Who are stakeholders involved in this?

This may be an odd question, but it points to the NLP concept of ecology. Who is important in the modeling process? After all, sometimes, you have systemic involvement that enhances performance of some kind (e.g. team spirit, a supportive spouse, etc).

11 Stakeholder evidence: How do they know I’m doing this right?

Again, this is an evidence procedure that is based on an ‘external’ outsider’s viewpoint. You may not always get this because the individual might not have external feedback. Still, it is useful to be able to get some input if you can.

12 Barrier: What obstacles might there be?

Obstacles are stoppages toward the completion of a strategy. Identifying these will give you awareness of the level of flexibility you need to execute the strategy effectively.

13 Feedback: What do I do when I meet these obstacles?

This is a follow up on #12 where you need to have substrategies that enable you to stay on your path toward your outcome.

14 Exceptions: Any exceptions to the model? Counter examples?

This question will give you possible segue out of the current model. It can offer some shortcuts or conditional factors that allow you to reach your goal faster.

15 Installation: internalizing the model

This part is all about putting the model’s blueprint into your unconscious. Just as language is unconscious, you want to turn the new model’s behavior into something so effortless that you reach a level of expertise.

Again, whatever is mentioned here is merely the surface of the overall map. To gain more expertise, you definitely need someone to guide you and demonstrate the finer elements of modeling.

National Book Festival 2010 Hits the Science and Technology Topics

Recently at September 25, 2010, the 10th National Book festival 2010 took place on the National Mall in Washington DC. Science and Technology books draw the attention of the visitors. Some books written by the famous writers were the hot topic of the entire festival. In the festival some writers gave presentations followed by the question and answer session. This was one of the main attractions of the fair. Each and every author tries to highlight their recent works and try to pinpoint the significant of his/her writings.

Edward O. Wilson, biologist, has published his first fiction book named Anthill. Richard Rhodes, a nuclear weapons historian tried to promote his forth volume of the series the creation and spread of nuclear weapons is another attraction of the festival. In this book history was given from the cold war to the present time. The extension of the nuclear weapon of mass destruction is the main focus in his writings.

Harold Varmus, a Nobel Laureate for his contribution came up with his recent memoir, The Art and Politics of Science. This book discusses about different aspects of politics of science got good attention in the civil society. Those three books and speech of the writers were very much informative and touching for the book lovers.

Henry Petroski who is professor of civil engineering at Duke writes about why things fail. In his recent writings “The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems”. In his writings he focused on solving problems using science. Scientific facts in various problem solving issues got attraction of the visitors of the fair. He also tries to distinguish between science and engineering using the linear model. He claims that contemporary policy to science is very much short-sighted.

There are some other scientific topics highlighted in the fair. Allegra Goodman wrote new work “her novel intuition” and Richard Holmes in his book “the age of wonder” tries to discover the scientific discoveries, prominent scientists of the late 18th and early 19th century. These two pieces were much talked books in the festival.

The recent national book festival 2010 can be said the science and technology dominating fair. Various new books about modern science and technology are published and inaugurated in the books fair. Country renowned writers try to bring new books in the festival to attract. So in a nutshell national Book Festival 2010 was seen dominated by the science and technology.