Getting paid – how hard can it be?

Ugh. For the second time in a row, the powers that be have managed to royally screw up my pay. I’m talking along the lines of halving my paycheck, missing off an entire week (I am on the fortnightly cycle), which is quite frankly, ridiculous.

The majority of our employees are salaried. There are only a couple of us who fill out timesheets. I understand that it must be really tedious for our HR lady to input our hours on a Monday morning, and yes, I had two sick days off in the last pay cycle which could have caused a little confusion, but how difficult is it to get things right?

What’s really frustrating is that this is an all too frequent occurrence. There’ll be months when everything goes smoothly, and then BAM! A series of pay periods where things go haywire for no rhyme or reason. At least this time I could kind of work out what went wrong; there have been times where completely random amounts of hours have been missed off.

I’m not going to starve here; it’s just a minor annoyance. I hate having to email HR all the time to ask them to check my timesheets again (don’t get me wrong, I’m not rude or abusive – I try to strike a deferential tone because really, do you want to piss off HR?).

I guess the good thing about being salaried is avoiding situations precisely like this. Although things like using up all your sick leave and having to take unpaid time off instead (it’s happened to people I know) can throw a spanner in the works too.

Do you ever have problems with payroll?

4 thoughts on “Getting paid – how hard can it be?

  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair February 9, 2010 at 10:31

    My cheques have been late a few times. I’m supposed to get a cheque every three weeks. Last summer I didn’t get one for almost five at one point! I felt too nervous to ask about it… Now I usually get it ever 2.5 weeks or so. It’s annoying but I just don’t know what to say!

  • Reply The Asian Pear February 9, 2010 at 12:46

    It’s only happened to me once but that was an honest mistake because they didn’t realize I came in to fill in for a shift for someone who was ill. How annoying! Hope they straighten this out for you right away.

  • Reply Stephany February 9, 2010 at 14:13

    That’s never really happened to me since we do the time sheets ourselves and then once my boss puts them in the computer, we have to sign them on Monday to ensure the timing is correct.

    But I would be so nervous to call HR and tell them they’ve made a mistake! I hope they’re not too grumpy about it! 😉

  • Reply nicky at Not My Mother February 10, 2010 at 14:24

    It’s not happened to me for a long time, which I’m grateful for because even finding someone in HR to talk to these days is nigh on impossible.

    But I’ve just had a colleague transfer back to Aus from the UK office. This is an internal transfer, all part of their regular routines, but they’ve still stuffed him up to the point that they have not paid him for 6 weeks, and he’s trying to find somewhere to live!

    It makes me grateful that I’m salaried and my pay doesn’t vary, that’s for sure!

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