No matter the size or type of company you work for, there are certain signs that payday has arrived (or is right around the corner). It’s an exciting day for every employee, including you, no matter what the salary range or commission status. There’s something freeing and lovely about pay day, even for workers who are really responsible and already know exactly how the income will be distributed. However, for HR managers, payday isn’t all fun and frolicking.
If you’ve been in the industry for awhile, you’ve probably become adept at spotting those tell tale signs of payday panic. In fact, you probably have your fair share of stories, and might even dread this busy day if you have an outdated payroll system or, worse, have to deliver the checks yourself. If there was ever a reason to indulge in some updated software, payday might be it.
You know you work in HR and payday has arrived when:
1. The phone won’t stop ringing
The employees might happily send emails all day long, avoiding an actual phone conversation like the plague, but those standards go out the window on payday. They want to know when the checks are arriving, making sure you did their vacation time correctly, and they want it all right now. There’s no way they’re going into the weekend without the check they deserve.
2. Your email (also) blows up
However, calling you non-stop isn’t enough because they want to make absolutely sure you understand how important this is. As such, they’ll send you countless emails re-detailing their sales, hours or other information that you may have mysteriously missed. Bonus points if they cc your boss or a totally unrelated executive in an attempt to light a fire under you.
3. Suddenly those time sheets don’t add up
If you work for a company where employees clock in and out, and then hours are tallied, you can bet that come payday there will be discrepancies. Sometimes these are honest mistakes, but sometimes it’s an employee trying to get a few extra bucks or a manager who’s shaving hours. Not only are these tactics perhaps illegal, they’re also a nightmare for HR.
4. You hear the same jokes for the millionth time
Either it’s a joke, or a song lyric that’s talking about payday that’s sung to you every single week. Luckily for you, as an HR professional you’re expert at hiding your true feelings and pasting on a smile.
However, NSYNC’s “Just Got Paid” will always make you cringe.