Getting Started with Deskera People

Getting Started with Deskera People

R Prakash
R Prakash
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Welcome & thank you for signing up for Deskera People.

Deskera People has the tools to help you manage your payroll, leaves, and employee expenses all in a single system. With features like flexible pay schedule, custom payroll components, detailed reports, customizable payslip, scan, and upload expense, creating new leave types, and more, it makes your work simple.

We have compiled resources and steps to get your Deskera People Account up and running quickly in this brief Guide.

Read on to learn about:

Signing up for Deskera People

You must have signed up for Deskera People by either signing up for the Deskera All-in-one plan or only sign up for Deskera People.

If you have signed up for the All-in-one plan, you can select the People application from the Deskera All-In-One Dashboard. If you have only signed up for Deskera People, you can access your Deskera People account with the details added during the signup process.

Here's a helpful article that will take you through the details of the Sign-In process.

Steps to Sign in for Deskera People
Now let us see the first and foremost first steps to sign in for the DeskeraPeople during the onboarding process. As an Admin you need to first Sign in with the organization details for creatingpayroll for your organization. Just like any other accounts you’ve subscribed online, on Deskera[…

Onboarding your Company

Once you have signed up for Deskera People, you can begin to onboard your company. We know that switching providers or starting payroll can be complicated. So we have a seamless startup wizard that will help you navigate with ease.

There are three simple steps in the wizard:

  1. Company Details
  2. Pay Schedule
  3. Add Employees

You need to fill in the necessary company details like name and address, choose the appropriate pay schedule, and add your employees.

While we would recommend you to finish the wizard, you can choose to skip them to fill in those details at another time.

Please refer to this help article for more details.

What are the Onboarding details to be filled in after signing in to Deskera People?
As an Admin user, once you have signed in to the Deskera People, you need tofill in the below Onboarding Information related to your organization. 1. Company Details 2. Schedule Pay 3. Add Employees Let us further see the above-mentioned components in detail 1. Under the Company details, on …

Adding Employees:

To add the employees and their details, go to the Employees module option located on the application's navigation menu. Once in the module, click add employee to fill in the details of the employee. The data entry process is made straightforward by segregating the employee profile into three sections.

  1. Employee Personal Details: It captures all the essential information like Hire Date, Designation, and address.
  2. Component Details - It captures the amount for each earning or deduction component assigned to the employee
  3. Compliance Details - It captures specific compliance details necessary for the employee in the operating country.

Here’s a help article for more details on adding employees.

How to add the employee details using Deskera People?
The employee details are filled partially during the initial onboarding process.The additional details can be configured by the employee or the admin later. Using Deskera People, you can add employee’s information for creating theirprofile required to run the payroll. Following are the below st…

Adding Contractors

As it is prevalent to hire some contractors from time to time, you can use Deskera People to manage contractors. To add a contractor, select the contractor module from the left navigation menu of the application. You can add all the necessary details and save them in order to process the contractor's Payrun.

Head to the article below for more details.

How to add the employee/contractor details for US using Deskera People?
The employee details are filled partially during the initial onboarding processthe employee and admin can add the details later. Using Deskera People, you can add employee’s information and Contractorinformation for creating their profile required during the pay run. Following are the below st…

Editing and Deleting Employees

You can manage your employee records from the employee module in Deskera People. From the list of employees, you can view more details by clicking on the specific employee. You can also edit or delete an employee by ticking the checkbox next to the employee name and proceed with contextual options on the screen.

Here’s a help article to guide through this process with more details.

View, edit, delete, terminate employees from Deskera People
In the previous article, you have learned how to add employee details manuallyin the system using Deskera People. Now let us see how can you view, edit,delete and terminate the created employees. How to View employees? 1. Using the Deskera People, you can view the employees by clicking on the …

Adding and Editing Custom Payroll Components

With Deskera People, you can create your custom payroll components, be it an earning or a deduction, and assign to your employees. You can set up employee bonuses, voluntary deductions, and many such components.

Deskera People will identify those components assigned to the employee and automatically calculate the wages taking in each component's specific conditions, like pre and post-tax deductions. The individual amounts for the payroll components will be captured in the employee's profile as it may differ for each employee.

Please refer to the following article for adding Payroll Components in Deskera People:

How to add a component using Deskera People?
Before you can begin to []run the payroll, youneed to collect some vital information from your employees, and if you feel anyinformation is missing while processing the payroll you can add it to thesystem. Hence using the Deskera Payroll…

Adding a Pay Schedule

A pay schedule is set up to determining how often employees get paid. Your business can set up different pay periods for different classifications of employees. In Deskera People, you can configure your pay schedule with multiple pay frequencies like Monthly, Weekly, Bi-Weekly, and Semi-Monthly.

To create a Pay Schedule, we have a helpful article right here:

How to add a Pay Schedule using Deskera People
Pay Schedules are used to set up pay runs. The pay schedule’s settings are usedfor each pay run to calculate what to pay employees. There is no limit to the number of pay schedules. You can create and configurefor any combination of pay frequencies. You can have multiple Monthly, Weekly &Twice…

Using the Deskera People Dashboard

The dashboard helps you get all the essential details at a glance. The People Dashboard depicts all the pertinent information like the cost of the previous pay run and estimates of the upcoming one. It also illustrates the year to date cost in a graphical interface.

Calendar embedded in the dashboard helps you identify the upcoming pay run dates for you to take action. Deskera People enables you to assess from the dashboard if everything is ready to run your first payroll by providing you "things to do".

To understand more about the advantages of the dashboard head to the linked article below:

Introduction to Deskera People Dashboard
Deskera People is smart and intuitive. It helps you to manage, maintain, andtrack all payroll related activities in a smooth and efficient way. Deskera People offers lots of different advantages for the user, the employees,and the company (of all sizes). This article looks at some of the most ob…

Establishing the Working Hours/Working Days in a Week

Deskera People captures the number of working days and hours the employees work in a week in the company settings module. Although we account for overtime, the hours and the workdays can be edited for a specific employee at the time of the pay run; we recommend you input a standard work schedule for the week.

To edit or add the working hours/days in a week, we have a helpful article right here:

Where can I update my company’s information, Work Week, and CPF details in Deskera People?
In every organization, there comes a time when the organization decides to makechanges to the company’s details like the company address as some companiesshift to a new business location due to the end of office leasing or for someother reasons. Using Deskera People, the admin of the system can…

Adding a Payrun

By adding a Payrun you can process the payroll for your employees. You can do that by clicking on Payrun under Payroll module in the application’s left side navigation menu. The pay run will comprise the Pay Schedule, Pay Period, Pay Day, and the work period.
The details about the payrun that has been updated before will auto-populate in the payrun screen and be edited as and when required.

You can find an in-depth article for adding the payrun below.

How to add a new payrun using Deskera People?
Using Deskera People, while processing the pay run, if you have missed addingPayrun for the employees there is an option to add a pay run. Below are the steps, 1. Click on the Payrun icon on the left side of the main dashboard where you canview the payrun dashboard details. 2. To add a new pa…

Adding an Ad-Hoc Payrun

An Ad-Hoc Pay run will help you process the payments for a terminated employee, rectify or make adjustments to the pay run processed before, and additional payments such as bonuses and commissions.

All you have to do is add the specific employees manually to the Ad-Hoc pay run, select the payday with the work period, and that's it.

To create an Ad-Hoc Payrun, we have a helpful article right here:

How to add a new ad-hoc payroll using Deskera People.
What is Ad hoc payroll? Ad-hoc Payroll is used to run the payroll for situations whereby there is a needto run a separate payroll due to certain circumstances. For instance: aresignation/dismissal of an employee or a missing payout for the employee(s). Using Deskera People you have an option to…

Processing the Pay Run

Managing payroll shouldn't be a task that causes fear. It can be complex to manage all the variables, that's why we designed Deskera Payroll to be an easy 3 stage process:

  1. Select the Employees

In this stage, you have to make sure all the employees are present for this pay run. You can also make changes to the number of hours/days worked, add overtime for employees, and even change the payroll component amount.

2.  Ready for Processing

This stage is primarily for reviewing whether all the screen information is accurate with the employees, payroll components, and the final payroll cost.

3.  Payroll Processed

In this stage, the payroll will be processed, and the payslips will be generated for the employees. You can also view the summary of the processed pay run.

For more details on processing payruns here’s a helpful  article:

What are the different stages for processing the Payroll using Deskera People?
After all the payroll details are added in Deskera People and when you click onProcess Payroll button you need to go through the different payrun stages beforeprocessing the final payrun Below listed are the payrun stages, 1. Select Employee 2. Ready for processing 3. Payroll processed Let …

Employee Self Service

Ensure a harmonious collaboration between employees and the payroll team with a secure employee self-service portal. Invite employees to their workspace to fill in their details by entering their email IDs when adding an employee. The employee will receive an email with the login credentials to view their employee profile.

Deskera People gives your employees secure access to their pay history, payslips, reports, and more in their dashboard. The employees will be able to download their pay stubs once the pay run is processed.

Employee Payslip

With Deskera People, you can download the payslip from the employee dashboard once the pay run is processed. The payslip will display all the necessary information about the wages; the period worked according to the work location's compliance regulations.

Generating the Payroll Summary Report

Get better insights from your payroll by generating the Payroll Summary Report. The report will give you the data of all the processed pay runs within a specified date range defined by you. It helps you review all the payroll information broken down into definite payroll components and employer deductions/contributions.

To know more about this report here is a helpful article:

How Do I Generate Payroll Summary Report Using Deskera People?
The Payroll Summary Report is a report for reviewing all payroll information forpaid employees based on a date range. With Deskera People, you can now generate the payroll summary report easily andget a summary of employee payroll activity with date range, or see paycomponents for a specific …

Create a New Expense

With just one snap of the receipt, the details such as vendor, date, and price are automatically coded and queued into the claims request.

To create an expense, first, you must click on the "Expenses" module on the left navigation menu. Once you are in the expense dashboard, click on New Claim to create a new expense.

You can either enter the details manually or upload the receipt's image to fill in the details based on the receipt automatically.

To understand in-depth on how to create an expense, please refer the below article:

How to create a New Expense Claim using Expense Module?
Expense ClaimsExpense claims are used by the staff members to claim back the funds they paidupfront on behalf of the company. For example, staff members may claim theirfood, accommodation, fuel, or food expenses. The claims can be made by multiple receipts and they are subject to approval byth…

Expense Dashboard

Get your up-to-date and relevant data regarding all your expenses and requests all in one screen. The Dashboard depicts all the pertinent data like the recently processed claims and requests.

Get your insights into your expenses by viewing the breakdown of group claims and categories indicating their net spend and behaviors.

Deskera People enables you to assess from the Dashboard everything assigned to you as a manager.

As an employee the dashboard depicts the pending claims for review and the status of the employee’s claims.

Here is a helpful article on how to use the Expense dashboard:

Overview of expense claim dashboard
Using Deskera’s People software, users can now have a general overview of thesubmission of expense claims by their employees. Once you have logged in to Deskera’s People software, go to the Expense tab onthe sidebar menu. After that, the Expense Claim Dashboard will appear. You will see the ’re…

Create Custom Expense Categories

Deskera People makes it easy to keep track of your spending by breaking down your business' expenses into categories.

You can create a Custom category to organize expenses that are specific to your business' unique requirements.

Like food, travel, accommodation, to name a few, the categories help drilling down into understanding how your organization can better utilize their expense spending.

Please refer to the following article for creating an Expense Category:

How to add a new expense Group and Category using Expense module?
As an Admin, if you wish to add a new expense group and category under expenseclaims you can do so with below mentioned simple steps, How to add a new Expense Group? 1. Under Deskera People go to the expense tab. 2. Then click on the Admin Settings available on the main expense dashboard. 3. B…

You can also take a look at the short video explaining how to manage expenses:

Creating a Leave Policy

One leave policy does not suit all organization's needs. Which is why Deskera People allows you to create as many policies in the system as you require.

You can set up your leave policy with carry forward, change accruals based on the period, enable leave policy only for certain people in the company, use Year of Service based entitlement, or even create a unique policy for every employee.

The custom leave policies can also be identified by different colors, assigned to group them as one type of leave policies.

Please refer to the following article for creating a leave type in Deskera eLeave:

How do I create a new type of leave in Deskera eLeave?
As the admin of the system, you will need to create different types of leaves toclassify the reasons why the employee uses their leaves into groups. This typeof leave needs to be created before the onboarding process of your staff so thatthey are aware of what they are entitled to once they join…

Creating Teams in Deskera eLeave

In Deskera eLeave you can segregate your employees into teams and assign each team the respective manager to approve the leaves for the rest of the team. To create a team , you should click on “User Management” under settings in the left navigation menu of Deskera eLeave. You can add the required employees in the team and assign one in the team as Manager.

To know more about creating teams, please refer the following article:

How can I create a new team in Deskera eLeave?
As your business grows and you’re hiring more employees, you will need tosegregate them into a few different teams to check and view the leaveapplication of each team more efficiently. You can organize your users into different groups to get a better insight on theleave application of each tea…

Applying Leaves:

With Deskera eLeave the employees can apply for leaves right from their dashboard.  The leave application will also display how many leaves are available for the specific leave type and how much will be the balance if the employees apply for a leave, which makes it handy for you to discern your leave details.

To know more about the leave application process, take a look at the following article:

How can users apply leaves in Deskera eLeave?
Deskera eLeave system has the functionality that enables our users to applytheir leaves by just clicking a few steps. Users can also apply different typesof leaves, such as annual leave, medical leave, emergency leave, or other kindsof leaves that are applicable to their organizations. Using the…

Approval Workflow:

With Deskera eLeave once the employee applies for a leave the request will be displayed in the manager’s dashboard as well as in the request section. The manager assigned to the employee can approve or reject the leave request right from the dashboard.

For more information on the approval and rejection of leave application, read the following article:

How can the admin approves or rejects the leaves using Deskera eLeave?
Whenever the users of the Deskera eLeave system apply leaves, the leaves requestwill receive to the admin of the system. The admin will have to take the nextstep to approve or reject the leave application of the users in eLeave. Follow the steps mentioned below to approve or reject the leaves o…

Adjusting Leaves:

You ever wondered how difficult it would be to correct a mistake in leave allocation? Deskera People allows adjusting the leaves of the employees in a single step. With a simple interface, it's easy to either add or subtract the value for a specific leave type and capture the details of the adjustment to avoid confusion at a later time.

The adjustments can also be made via the leave entitlement screen of each employee with the details of the change recorded.

Here’s an in-depth look at the leave adjustment:

Adding Company Holidays:

You can quickly create your very own custom calendar with the holidays assigned based on the geographical region and the company's requirements. It only requires a couple of clicks to add your holidays, and once you save, it will reflect on the Dashboard and the company calendar.

You can also set up your company's default work week in Deskera People to help make our leave application process smoother.


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