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In Search of the Perfect Paycheck

The same scenario plays out every week.  Employees do their job and employers pay them for that job.  Sounds simple, right?  Well, sometimes processes break-down and that paycheck is impacted.  Have you ever had a paycheck that was inaccurate, late, or worse didn’t come at all?  Suddenly, the employee and employer have an issue at hand that has more than just monetary implications.

According to a new survey from The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated an estimated 82 million1 Americans – more than half of the U.S. workforce – have experienced a problem with their paycheck during their career.  The results of the survey go on to say that more than a quarter (26 percent) of hourly workers have been paid too little, while 15 percent say they’ve been paid late. For the salaried worker, 15 percent say they’ve been shortchanged in their check and 16 percent report being paid late.

On the flip side of things, there’s also the issue of paying employees too much.  Calculations errors aren’t uncommon when time & attendance is tracked on paper.  The survey found, on average, American workers say they must likely be overpaid a staggering $463 before alerting their employer to the mistake.

Public sector employers have an additional risk to adverse side effects from an incorrect paycheck.  Regardless of underpayment or overpayment, the threat of the media putting a spotlight on perceived wasteful spending is real.  It signifies a weakness that the organization isn’t in complete control over their payroll processes.

The truth is, Payroll employees are often over-burdened by illegible hand-writing, late or incomplete time sheets, and the sheer volume of paper that comes in.  With this environment comes the potential for errors. Looking for areas of efficiency can lead to better accuracy and even cost savings.

Footnote 1: Calculation based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report from January 2017 that estimates there are 152.08 million employed people in the U.S.: 152.08M x 54% = 82.12 million.
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Have you thanked a public servant this week?

What a week!  We are celebrating teachers, public safety, and public servants.  I can’t think of a group of individuals more deserving of a “pat on the back” than these employees.  I hope everyone takes a moment to give thanks not just for the roles they perform that we deem as important, but for the little things they do that make a big impact on our lives.  Sometimes you don’t even realize it…

Ever wonder who picked up that dead squirrel you saw on the road on your way to work?  Thank a highway department employee for that!

Does the person at City Hall remember your dog’s name every year when you go in to renew their license?  Thank them for making it a personal experience!

Did a fire fighter help you set up your car seat as a new parent?  Thank them for helping you keep your child safe!

Wasn’t that light display in the town center beautiful?  Thank your public works department for making your holidays a little brighter!

Remember that time the school called because your child got sick?  Who cleaned that up?  That’s right, thank your school custodian for that!

It’s easy to take for granted the people that make our life run easier, especially when the media generally only picks up on the negative events.  Truth is, there are so many people who are truly passionate about their role in serving the public.  It’s those people that I want to salute.  It’s those people I consider the heroes!

Happy Public Service Recognition Week!

Here’s a video to pay tribute to those who make a difference: https://youtu.be/eFMHCeWuwJE