Reconcile

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.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Reconcile

  1. Sadje says:

    You’re very efficient, no doubt

  2. scifihammy says:

    There you said it – what did they do all day?
    I guess they had no idea what they were actually doing so faffed around and wasted time. You have a good head for figures and got everything organised. Sorted! πŸ˜€

  3. Good one
    Stay safe happy healthy and wealthy

  4. murisopsis says:

    Ha! I’ve run into that before! I worked with a woman who insisted that things be recorded in 5 different places. She would spend several hours a day doing nothing but writing things down. She went on her honeymoon for 2 weeks. I had to take over while she was gone. I computerized the work and printed a new calendar every week. I spent maybe 1 hour a week doing what was taking her 20 hours. Needless to say she wasn’t happy with the new system because she was then required to actually DO WORK! Lucky for me I had management approval and was able to demonstrate the efficiency. She quit about 7 months later to stay home with the baby….

    • Well done. I have a logical and practical approach plus numbers is my thing, so I slipped into my new role with no problems. The girl I trained as my assistant was well capable to do the job when I left, but the manager got in a personal friend who reorganised everything without checking with anyone. She was shown the door three days later. All of the worksheets she had modified had links to the account manager’s working files and he lost the lot.

  5. John Holton says:

    Ten days to balance the books at month end? What were they doing? Even so, two half days is a fantastic job.

    • Not blowing my own trumpet John, but I was good at my job. As for the other two, one worked part time and the other made a lot of mistakes. It was ridiculous because all the time they were closing monthend, nothing could be processed, so we had a week’s backlog before we could even start.

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