We often hear happy stories about people being reconciled with lost pets or distant relatives, but being the number cruncher I am, I reconciled figures on a regular basis.
In my last job, my predecessor and her assistant took up to 10 days to balance a month end. This held up all payments coming in during that time, so I, as credit controller was chasing bills that had already been settled.
Due to a silly but unacceptable error, her assistant was sacked and we had a temp replace her. I came back from holiday to find another firing and I was offered her job. It was a month end, and I had never done anything like it for the company, so talk about being thrown in at the deep end!
The department manager talked me through the procedure, and I made comprehensive notes for future reference. The first thing I did was get all the payments on the system the morning of the 1st, then started month end closure when I went to lunch. The afternoon was spent reconciling accounts and allocating funds to various publishers using spreadsheets. The following morning was spent running reports, and by the afternoon, month end was finished and the new one had begun.
Two people, 10 days. Me: 2 half days……. on my own.
The next challenge was the bank reconciliation, something done once a month by my predecessor and problems always arose. I did a bank rec twice if not three times a week.
It took less than five minutes, and made me wonder what the pair of them actually did all day.
Different strokes for different folks I guess.