National Payroll Week® (NPW), September 7 – 11, is the best week of the year for payroll professionals, even if celebrations may look a bit different this year. Need inspiration for ways you can still celebrate your payroll team in the workplace and participate in NPW activities this year? Check out these six simple ways to join the NPW celebration that won’t require a face mask or six feet of space:

1 – Plan a Virtual Celebration: Many payroll teams use NPW as a time to plan festive luncheons and companywide payroll awareness initiatives, but this year you may want to consider converting these to virtual events. This could include a virtual luncheon using a web conferencing tool where you invite your coworkers to meet their payroll team and play NPW or payroll related virtual games. Thanks to various online tools, like Zoom, WebEx, and Google Hangouts, being together can be as easy as having a stable Internet connection! Bonus: Be sure to document how you’re celebrating and promoting NPW this year and enter the Individual Activity Contest where you could win a free registration to the 39th Annual Congress.

2 – Spread Financial Literacy Virtually: You have the opportunity to teach area teens important paycheck basics when you sign up to be a Money Matters National Education Day (MMNED) volunteer. The MMNED lesson is optimized to be presented both in-person or virtually, so you can teach from the comfort of your desk. Volunteers who teach virtual MMNED presentations are eligible to earn 1 RCH and will receive a special citation of recognition from APA’s Executive Director, Dan Maddux.

3 – Give a Token of Appreciation: Show members of your payroll team how much you appreciate them by gifting them with Team Payroll swag from the NPW Store. Avoid in-person contact by sending your colleagues an NPW care package in the mail or leaving it as a surprise on their desk, because who doesn’t love receiving packages?

4 – Share the NPW Survey: The annual NPW “Getting Paid In America” survey is a cornerstone of the NPW campaign and helps the APA place payroll topics in the media spotlight. Complete the online survey and be eligible to win the survey grand prize of a bonus paycheck and vacation for two. The survey is completely online so it can easily be shared on social media, on your company’s intranet, or via email communications to friends and co-workers to encourage them to complete the survey as well. Bonus: Document your survey sharing efforts and enter the Online Survey Promotion Contest for your chance to win a registration to the 39th Annual Congress.

5 – Show Your Support: Are you planning to recognize your payroll team in the workplace? Then sign-up to join the official NPW Supporter Program! It’s free to join, and as APA’s way of saying “thanks” we’ll send you a special package to help you get in the NPW spirit! Plus, your company will be featured on the NPW website and commemorative NPW issue of PAYTECH Magazine.

6 – Get Social: There’s no easier to keep up with all things NPW-related than by following along with the official event hashtag #payrollweek and “liking” the official NPW Facebook page. During NPW, hundreds of payroll professionals will be sharing their festivities on social media and tagging them with #payrollweek. The APA will also be sharing exclusive content and contests with great prizes up for grabs on social media.

Regardless of how you plan to celebrate NPW this year, be sure to bookmark the NPW website and “like” the NPW Facebook page to stay up-to-date for the latest news on the campaign.