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Stone Age Accounting: The McNutt Box

A while back this space described the archaic — and absurdly inefficient — manner in which the College collects timesheet data from its employees in order to do payroll. Well, it seems that nothing has changed. Information on hours worked is still compiled by employees on paper sheets; later it is transcribed by hand (six people were paid to do this when I last looked). Perhaps the College’s accounting mavens haven’t yet heard of computers, or maybe they don’t think that the staff will be able to use them. The below announcement is an embarrassment:

Bi-Weekly Timesheets early due date for Period Ending 7-2-11


Timesheets for the pay period ending July 2, 2011 are due at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 30th. This will be for the pay date of July 8th.

On Tuesday, June 28th we will open the McNutt box at 9 a.m. to receive staff timesheets. We will close the box on Thursday, June 30th at 9 a.m.

Timesheets dropped off AFTER the deadlines from above will need to be walked over to the Payroll Office.

Yale switched over to computerized information gathering about seven years ago, only a decade or two after private industry.

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