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Once More into the Breach



This entry is part 10 in an ongoing series of sem-irregular posts detailing my frustration with Workers Compensation and the wonderful world of rotator cuff surgery. In case you haven't been keeping up: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 (YOU ARE HERE) | Part 11

This isn't even a surprise to me at this point. It's like a character in a sitcom saying, "What else could possibly go wrong?" and the studio audience all going, "Oooooooooh."

As I said in part 9, I returned to work last week. Not on Monday, but on Wednesday. This was because I couldn't get an appointment with the doctor the prior week, and didn't have the okay to drive until I saw him. He gave me the OK on Tuesday and I left the next morning to head back to the office.

Flash forward to Friday. I'm paid hourly because of some kerfuffle that happened a few years back with IT workers suing for overtime pay in California(?), and most of the rest of the nation followed suit to avoid the same lawsuit (as I understand it). Anyhoo, I was salaried up to a point, then became hourly, and so I can, if the need is great, get paid overtime for anything > 40 hours that I work. What this has to do with anything is that I have to put my hours into our PeopleSoft system, which they use to calculate my weekly pay. Friday is the day we fill that out and submit it, because the payroll is run on Monday before noon, Pacific. (But we still have to have our time submitted before noon Eastern on Monday. Whatever.)

Before I left for surgery and recovery, I pre-submitted two weeks of time sheets with 40 hours each of leave time. There was apparently some question about that (I was apparently not supposed to fill out a time sheet at all for leave time, even though LEAVE is one of the sub-categories under EXCEPTION TIME, but no one tells me anything), and an email discussion between my boss and our payroll department ensued, on which I was CC'd. It was cleared up before I ever even saw the email exchange. Problem: Solved!

Or so I thought.

Friday, I opened PeopleSoft and clickity-clicked through to where I put my hours in . . . and it didn't recognize me. As in, the place on the form for "Employee ID," which heretofore had always been populated automatically, wasn't.

Thinking that maybe I had done something wrong, I looked up the number on my paycheck stub and put that in. Invalid ID. Hm. I tried searching on the ID. Invalid ID. Name, last first. Invalid ID. Name, first first? Invalid ID. Grrrr. Advanced Search. Same results.

I looked for my boss, but he was in a meeting, so I walked around until I found another manager (who was my manager before my current manager). I told him what was going on, and he did some button-pushing and mouse-clicking. He informed me that the Employee ID number on the paycheck stub and the Employee ID in PeopleSoft are two separate things. But I should try the other one and see if that worked.

I managed to get the other number off of an approved timesheet from earlier in the year. Invalid ID. Hm.

I tried searching on that number. Invalid ID. Advanced Search? Invalid ID.

Worried, I approached my boss once he was out of his meeting, and said, "PeopleSoft says I don't exist."

He got this look on his face I interpreted as, "I knew this was going to happen. I just knew it." Plus some fun expletives. He didn't say them, but I could see them in his eyes.

Seems that part of that little problem with my 'leave' time ended up with me being taken completely out of the whole time reporting system. I mean, I could log in, and I could see my previous time sheets and approvals. I just couldn't put in anything new. Because that's logical, right?

He was on his way out and said he would deal with it over the weekend.

Flash forward to today.

He didn't have time to deal with it over the weekend because Mothers Day.

So I looked up the number for Payroll on our company Intranet, and got ready to beard the dragon in his lair. Before I dialed, I thought, "I'd probably better try the time sheet one more time so I can read off the exact error to them."

And I was fine. The Employee ID (the correct one) was in place. It knew who I was. I was able to report my time and submit it to my boss, comfortably before noon. Eastern.

All's well that ends well, as Shakespeare said.

I'm sure this will be the last problem I'll have stemming from this whole thing. Sure. Absolutely. I mean . . .

What else could possibly go wrong?


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Comments

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ccassara
May. 12th, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC)
I so get it
The bureaucracy. Nothin so annoying.
Carol
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kaasirpent
May. 12th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: I so get it
I keep telling myself that it's just bureaucracy and not something more sinister. Some days, I almost believe it.
chalain
May. 12th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
We fixed the glitch
The whole time I was reading this I was thinking "You know that problem with Gary? You know, the whole worker's comp thing? We just went ahead and fixed the glitch."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dROcm_SbY

Given how that movie ends, I highly recommend that you NOT purchase a red stapler and display it proudly on your desk. But I could forgive a man for thinking about it and cackling.
kaasirpent
May. 12th, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Re: We fixed the glitch
Ha! I had forgotten that. But don't think for one second that the thought didn't go very briefly through my head. :)
chalain
May. 12th, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
Re: We fixed the glitch
I've had a short fiction idea stuck in my head all day, in which Gary has been getting shuffled around to doctors for the past five years, but the "we fixed the glitch" guy finds out that Gary actually *died* in the accident. (Sorry, buddy.) I keep flipflopping between two ideas:

1. flash fiction, where the whole joke is that HR's red tape has kept a dead body circulating around the city for five years, and

2. a much more sinister short story in which fixing the glitch results in a "vitality adjustment" team being dispatched in order to enforce Gary's death certificate.

I apologize that your grief is giving me creativity, but as Rahm Emanuel put it so well, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste." :-)
kaasirpent
May. 12th, 2014 06:22 pm (UTC)
Re: We fixed the glitch
( 6 hisses — Hiss at me! )

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