Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary.
Well, it isn’t midnight, thank goodness, but it is a cloudy day, dreary, misty, rainy, foggy; in other words miserable, unless you like that type of weather. I usually travel on the first flight of the day. At the airport by 5:00 a.m. and on a 6:00 a.m. flight to wherever work or pleasure takes me. It drives my family nuts. Today I said, “I’m just going to Baltimore”; hence the Ravens (NFL Champs this year) and I’ll go a little later in the morning. Now as I write this from Boston Logan E1B I realize that things don’t always go as planned, especially when you travel, I’m looking a 2 hour delay. You have to be flexible and know that you’ll get there, it may just be a little different timing than you anticipated.
I’m heading to Baltimore to speak to Payroll folks about Workforce Management, Payroll Processes, and help them with their recertification. Unlike the traveling that sometimes has its share of hiccups; Payroll professionals don’t like hiccups in their payroll process. Their life is centered on being perfect. Things are supposed to go as planned and when it doesn’t they hear about it. Payroll is one of those thankless positions (I don’t know why) that if everything is going smoothly then no one ever sends flowers, cards, or chocolates, but if something goes a little different than planned then people jump up and down. Why? It’s their paycheck, bank account, mortgage, bills, etc. that all seem to find its way into the conversation when payroll has a hiccup.
But what does it mean to be perfect? Everyone strives to be that way, but only one person really was, right? So cut them some slack and thank them next time you see them in the hall. Chocolates always help too.
The American Payroll Association (APA) prides itself on helping payroll professionals be as close to perfect as possible. This year’s Congress slated for May 7-11 in Grapevine, TX has a lot of sessions on “the day in the life of a payroll professional”. Kronos has a few sessions scheduled and will be helping folks understand how Workforce Management tools of Timekeeping and Payroll combined can help eliminate errors and help keep them as perfect as possible. I hope to see you all there.
In the end the Raven only spoke one word “Nevermore”. Payroll folks strive to hear that word associated with payroll errors…‘nevermore’.
How are you doing with being perfect?
Let me know – send me a comment and tell me your favorite Perfect Phase (i.e. That was Picture Perfect)