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What Makes a Good Training?

As Turks, we have this saying: “Eğitim şart” (Training is a must) that has become a cliche over the years. We are all aware of the importance of knowledge but sometimes we’re not clear on where and how to get the knowledge. Who to learn from is the key question we need to answer: someone who has knowhow and expertise in the field you’d like to gain knowledge, someone who witnessed best practices in their career and is willing to give back to the public by sharing their years of practice and knowledge.  

There are two essential components to a training: 1. the knowledge, experience and sector reputation of the trainer, 2. How the trainer communicates it, including presentation techniques, tailoring content based on the participants’ learning needs. One would not happen without the other, if it would, the training would not be a successful one. 

We talked about payroll trainings with Founder and Chairwoman Ayşe N. Uça ve Genel Manager Umut Özbağcı of Datassist, the first payroll provider in Turkey that provides payroll services for 20 years to a wide range of clients from SMEs to multinationals and trains reputable payroll professionals through its technical hands-on trainings. 

 

– What makes a professional training a good one?

ANU: There are so many professional trainings given by certain institutions. What makes a training a good one is living and breathing this area of expertise. We only give trainings of payroll and payroll practices within the Turkish Labor Law.  We do not have any intention of providing trainings in another subject. Our trainings do not only aim at equipping payroll providers with the right tool but providing a unique insight to the payroll profession with a solid depth of knowledge.

UÖ: Trainings should not be seen as sitting in class and listening to the instructor. This is only a dysfunctional way of learning. It is all reactive on the part of the trainees. Any successful training should have active participants. And in order to have active participants, the trainers need to design a course flow that encourages interaction. 

 

– What should a successful trainer pay attention to?

ANU: Explaining the content and hoping the audience understands it all is the wrong expectation. What we try to do at Datassist trainings is delivering the content with better techniques each year. We let our participants interact with the trainers. We believe that trainees who interact tend to learn more than the ones who just listen. Interaction makes the knowledge their own.  

 

– What is the purpose of the payroll trainings? 

ANU: The purpose of the training differs based on the profiles of the participants. Some professionals switch to HR from other disciplines and they would like to have some technical knowledge even if they won’t do day-to-day payroll calculations. This is one profile.

Another profile is professional who would like to become payroll professionals. This is a trending career path in the global workplace.

And yet another profile is executives who would like to design the payroll process correctly and improve business processes and even corporate values. This executive design focus is incorporated in a different training.

UÖ: One of the trainings on Payroll Service Design does not only focus on payroll and labor law legislations but trains professionals to design the workflow for your company’s payroll processes. Design Thinking is an academic model that has been successfully implemented in the business world. Even if it is an area that you have been specialised in for many years having acquired a depth of knowledge, designing a process requires a different set of skills and we do provide the required skills with a focus on payroll practices.

For example, our Global Workforce Training focuses on the trending topic of global mobility. 

With professionals working outside of their country of origin, it became rather complicated to manage labor law legislations and taxes. Knowing local labor law and payroll practices is not enough anymore. This training helps professionals understand complexities deriving from global labor laws, different social security and tax applications. As the world changes and progresses, so does the content of our training.

 

– Can you tell us more about Workforce Mobility?

ANU: Workforce mobility is an area that keeps us up at night. In order to have a good grasp of the global workforce complexities, we need to engage professionals from different disciplines. There is no way of knowing all legislations of all countries in the world or being familiar with all practices. We focus on International tax and legal frameworks and closely follow the changes and update ourselves.     

 

– What would you recommend to those who intend to participate in a technical training? 

ANU: There are trainings promising to deliver multiple subjects within a two day training. For example, an HR training offers one day of payroll training. In most cases, the trainer is not a payroll practitioner who could only explain payroll from a generalists viewpoint. This kind of all-in-one trainings leave participants in a more confused state rather than providing them a foundational knowledge. At Datassist, we select our trainers among practitioners who can explain daily practices and give tips on payroll calculations from a practitioner’s perspective.  My recommendation would be: whichever technical training it is, take a training from the practitioner rather than generalist or theorist.

 

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Honest, Correct, Timely Payroll

In his biography written by Alice Shroeder, “The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life”, Buffett gives sound advice to business people on making ethical decisions to keep them on the right track.

A famous quote from the book reads: “If you’re not sure if something is right or wrong, consider whether you’d want it reported in the morning paper.” Continue reading “Honest, Correct, Timely Payroll”

Think Globally, Act Locally

“Think Globally, Act Locally” is a famous phrase, first coined by US environmentalists in the 1970s, which at the time specifically pointed out individual responsibilities of every person, community and nation for the large scale environmental change to happen. In other words, if we simply donate money to save wildlife in the oceans, but litter when going to camp with our family, our thinking and acting don’t align much in local and global terms, and by our actions, we don’t, in fact, contribute to the environmental change we’d like to philosophically be a part of. Continue reading “Think Globally, Act Locally”

2019 Payroll Parameters

Payroll parameters to be implemented in the first half of 2019 are as follows.

 

2019 PAYROLL PARAMETERS
APPLICATION NAMES              TRY
Daily Minimum Gross Salary 85,28
Monthly Minimum Gross Salary 2.558,40
Monthly Net Minimum Wage – MLA Included 2.020,91
Monthly Net Minimum Wage – without MLA 1.829,03
Daily SSI Premium Earnings Base / Minimum Limit 85,28
Daily SSI Premium Earnings Base / Maximum Limit 639,60
Monthly SSI Premium Earnings Base / Minimum Limit 2.558,40
Monthly SSI Premium Earnings Base / Maximum Limit 19.188,00
Child Allowance Exception / SSI (2% of min. wage) 51,17
Child Allowance Exception/Income Tax (Over 6) 32,65
Child Allowance Exception/Income Tax (Ages 0-6) 65,30
Family Allowance Exception / SSI (10% of min. wage) 255,84
Daily Meal Allowance Exception / SSI (Cash) 5,12
Daıly Meal Allowance Exception/Income Tax (Meal Card) 19,00
Private Pension+ Private Health Insurance Premium Exception/ Premium earning base 767,52
Taxable Income Bracket /% 15 0 – 18.000
Taxable Income Bracket /% 20 18.000 – 40.000
Taxable Income Bracket /% 27 40.000 – 148.000
Taxable Income Bracket /% 35 Over  148.000
1st  Grade Disability Income Tax Reductıon 1.200
2nd Grade Disability Income Tax Reductıon 650
3rd  Grade Disability Income Tax Reductıon 290
Severance Payment Limit (Try/Year) 6.017,60
Stamp Tax Rate 0,00759

 

MLA (Minimum Living Allowance)
Marital Status Monthly MLA Amounts
Single/Spouse working + 0 kid ₺191,88
Single/Spouse working + 1 kid ₺220,66
Single/Spouse working + 2 kids ₺249,44
Single/Spouse working + 3 kids ₺287,82
Single/Spouse working + 4 kids ₺307,01
Single/Spouse working + 5 kids ₺326,20
Married + Nonworking Spouse+0 kid ₺230,26
Married + Nonworking Spouse+1 kid ₺259,04
Married + Nonworking Spouse+2 kids ₺287,82
Married + Nonworking Spouse+3 kids ₺326,20

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