Friday, June 16, 2006

If this is Friday, that must mean ... I'm staying!

For the past two weeks, I've had to daily change my perception of whether or not I will be gainfully employed come July, I'm not even kidding. The details are too sensitive, drawn-out, and boring to get into here, but trust me when I say there was drama and intrigue and a hint of sabotage. But mostly there was bureaucracy and PeopleSoft.

Earlier this week, I thought I had everything figured out and that we could continue to function, even in light of the delay in implementing the contract that we had negotiated with the pharma company. You may recall that during this time, I was also without internet access at work for almost two weeks, so I couldn't access any financial records. Imagine my surprise when I finally accessed financial reporting to find that we had almost $20,000 less than I had anticipated. That's a pretty substantial shortfall for us! Enough to halt our research. Oh yeah, and put me out of a job. Yet again.

I am not an accountant - never taken an accounting course in my life. But presumably the people who maintain the financial reporting system have. So after telling Jerry that, once again, there is no way I will have a job at the end of the month, and we'd better start tightening our belts, I decided to get out my little calculator I brought from home and do some checking. It just did not look right.

Financial Reporting is months behind in posting salary expenditures, as there is also a new payroll system being implemented, so once I floundered my way through actual expenditures and encumbrances, and all kinds of other two dollar accounting terms, I found it. I found $15,000.

And guess where it had erroneously been listed as an expenditure? My salary. Sadly, it was never actually deposited into my bank account. Don't worry, I checked.

But now we can keep working and I can pay myself. Because I wasn't all that interested in working for free.

How was your week?


Barbara said...

Wow wading through accounting drives me crazy too. Good thing you found light at the end of the tunnel.

Please go to the other blog using your joint blogger name there are two posts that need your two cents today. 'The panel weighs in' has a deadline 8pm EST, the one about viewers does not.
Sorry to hear about your email troubles... we sent you tons of email yesterday maybe we are part of the trouble. lol

Barbara Bruederlin said...

No, I think it was the monsoon we were having, BW. Thanks for the heads up, my dear; I'll check out the posts.

Allison said...

I'm so glad the accounting figures ended up working out. The thought of number crunching gives me an ulcer, even though I force myself to do it a lot. Hope your weekend is more relaxing :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yeah I was pretty happy to hear I'll be getting paid, Allison. I think I'll go buy some cds this afternoon!

chuck said...



Barbara said...

Good poetry Chuck!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You said it, Chuck! This clinches it - cd shopping I shall go, and if questioned, I shall reply that Chuck said I should.

You'd back me on that, right, Barbara W?

Jas B said...

*Phew* on that, hey! Hats off to you for dealing with PeopleSoft and the bureaucracy, Barb. You get those headaches for us so that we can keep working....we are truly grateful! ((Hugs))

Barbara Bruederlin said...

As of the end of this month, though Jas, you are Phil's headache! Kidding, kidding! I'm glad we'll still be able to (sort of) work together.