Accounting Department out of control

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Average at Best, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. Average at Best

    Average at Best New Member

    Is anyone else out there having issues with the Accounting Department? This might be a thread more for the management people, but our friendly local accounting people are handling the recession/rising cost of gas by making us keep track of every expense, literally. They came up with a spreadsheet to input everything we buy during the month (uniforms, office supplies, etc), and we are literally budgeted for PENS. You know those cheap twisty brown pens? They are 50 for $2.00 in the ordering system....and I am only allowed to by 100 this month. I have to update it every time I incur an expense, and if I go over, I am getting a sit down with the center manager and controller.

    Really? Are things that bad that they need to keep me within $4 of my monthly budget? Anyone else have this coming up, or is just my insanely micromanaged district?

    P.S. to drivers: any of you delivering naked or in raggedy uniforms? Because those are budgeted closely too. I am only allowed to order three pairs of shorts for my guys this month....
  2. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    I guess getting a new hand truck is out of the question. LOL
  3. old brown shoe

    old brown shoe 30 year driver

    I love those cheap brown twisty pens and so do my customers.
  4. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    Those pens write on absolutely everything. Every time there are extras I grab a few. Maybe that is why acct. is budgeting them. LOL
  5. brownrodster

    brownrodster New Member

    Not only is my uniform getting raggedy. I only have 2 uniforms. I've been begging for another uniform for a year. I might file a grievence.
  6. myback

    myback Member

    can a driver file a grievance if a female sup is too hot?
  7. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    Turn both of your uniforms into the laundry service. Show up at work the next day without a uniform, and clock on. You have an 8 hr gurantee, if they want you to work they can find you a uniform. Your center manager has the ability to have a uniform shipped Next Day Air if necessary. It is simply a question of motivation. Paying you 8 hrs to sit in the office because you dont have a uniform will provide that motivation.
  8. helenofcalifornia

    helenofcalifornia Well-Known Member

    Whatever! And do you mean you can only order three pairs of shorts in one month for the entire center? I see drivers raiding the place where the dry cleaners hang the uniforms!
  9. brownrodster

    brownrodster New Member

    LOl. Sounds nice but not my style. I figure when I'm down to only 1 uniform I'll let it be known that I only wash it once a week and I don't care what it smells like. And if I ever develop any choice holes in the uniform I will still wear it and just hope for complaints.

    I think it would be classic to file a grievence though. I can imagine upper management just laughing their asses off over it. Or at least I'd hope they would have a sense of humor about it.
  10. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    We go thru this crap from time to pens, no delivery notices, no DR bags. The best way to deal with it is to not worry about it. Leave the package in the rain. Dont leave a delivery notice. Dont write a service cross on the box. If UPS cant afford to provide me with the equipment I need, it isnt my problem. UPS is making a business decision, and I will allow them to deal with the consequences of that decision.
  11. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    I actually did file a grievance to force UPS to provide me with a hat. Mine got stolen; I filled out a requisition to get it replaced; my OMS told me that the center was "over budget" on clothing for the month and that I would have to wait. Since I wear glasses and I need a hat in the winter to keep the rain off of them, I filed a grievance. When the Division Manager heard what was going on, he got on the phone and a new hat miraculously came NDA for me the next day.
  12. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    you gotta be kidding me. You actually going to give someone some advice like this? you'd be borrowing someones uniform. too small or too big tough crap.
  13. Average at Best

    Average at Best New Member

    Yes, I given a specific list of how many of each item I can order this month. They did some analysis in their cost planning program, put a price to each article of the uniform, and how much I can spend. Granted, I may be able to buy FOUR pairs of shorts, so long as I buy one less shirt or whatever.

    I think the uniform thing is a unique issue with our local accounting folks. I heard that when an accounting sup went out to help with peak this past year, he saw two huge boxes full of brown toques, and when he reviewed that center's cost in january, they had the biggest uniform expense in the district.

    It's just irritating, because they made us start buying cheaper quality uniforms that need replaced more frequently, and then they make us limit how often we replace THOSE. They made us switch to cheaper copy paper (we now buy the kind that sticks together), and we now have to limit how many boxes we buy.

    I understand that times are tough, but sometimes you have to spend money to make money, and sometimes cheaper isn't better.
  14. feeder53

    feeder53 ADKtrails

    I think every company goes through these episodes. We go through it here, and they find out it cost more to track the small items and it get too far down in the weads and they stop the scan. If they want to pay me to track pens.....I track pens, the pay is the same.
  15. upsdude

    upsdude Well-Known Member

    I’ll bet uniform costs are way up. Especially considering our center alone replaced probably 50% of the issued shirts, jackets and vests. Why? They had the old logo so someone somewhere pushed their chest out to demonstrate he is the dominant male and ordered the old logo gone forever. I was forced to replace 6 excellent condition shirts, what a waste of money. Fortunately he didn’t order the destruction of 6 package cars showing the old logo. That would have really been expensive!
  16. JustTired

    JustTired free at last.......

    If they can't afford these uniforms that don't fit , rip easily, and are made in "Communist China", then maybe they ought to look elsewhere. Like Viet Nam, Idonesia, or Darfur. Gotta love this "global economy" stuff. Maybe they can start a uniform company in Iraq. It's a relatively untapped market. Just contact Haliburton for details.
  17. Average at Best

    Average at Best New Member

    Give Blackwater a uniform-factory contract in Iraq...
  18. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Gotta agree with Tie on this one. the last guy to try this in package,looking for a day off, was handed uniform parts dug out of the bin of clothes heading to the cleaners. Never tried it again.
  19. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    The contract states that "the Employer will provide suitable uniforms for summer and winter". It also requires the company to provide laundry service. Only issuing 2 uniforms is a contract violation, he cant use the service if he only has 2 uniforms....and a stinking, filthy, dirty uniform is not "suitable".
    If the situation happened to me, I wouldnt be borrowing ANYBODYS uniform. My sup would have to find me one. Every day. It would become such a pain in the ass to him that he would probably just order me some new ones...which is what he should have done in the first place. Problem solved.
  20. brownrodster

    brownrodster New Member

    There is no laundry service here!!!