Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Paycheck Fail

As many teachers who do not have direct deposit in DCPS are aware, our checks were not put in the mail last week and were instead delivered to our schools at the end of the day on Friday. We were all alerted to this fact via an email sent out on Thursday of last week. The email starts thusly:

"You are receiving this email because our records show that you have failed
to sign up for direct deposit and currently receive a paper check for your
payroll. Due to the inclement weather and resulting District closure for
business, payroll checks for Friday, February 12, 2010 (Group 2) did not
print on Wednesday and subsequently did not get to the US Post Office."

Now, I have no problem with the fact that the checks were not put in the mail. Snowly Cow (as I've taken to calling it) was a hardcore storm, and record snowfall means that some things just don't work perfectly. I get it, and I have no complaints. I was able to get my paycheck this morning, and all is well.

Some of you may be wondering, "Harry, why didn't you just sign up for direct deposit? It's so easy." Well, reader, allow me to tell you. When I first began working DCPS, signing up for direct deposit involved going to the bank, having something notarized, and physically bringing it down to 825. It was a major hassle -- a hassle I nevertheless endured because I wanted direct deposit. 825, in turn, mis-handled my paperwork. I never got direct deposit, but my paychecks stopped coming. I dealt with this issue, which took multiple weeks to get resolved, and determined that I would simply cash my own checks, thankyouverymuch.

So now I come to the main point of this post: I did not FAIL to sign up for direct deposit, DCPS did. How, in comparison to that, can I be said to have "failed" to do anything? Let me reiterate -- I have no problem with the delay in getting my paycheck. Snow happens. I bristle only at the assertion that this inconvenience resulted from my personal failure.

You'll all be relieved, I'm sure, to learn that I have just this moment signed up for direct deposit using the new PeopleSoft online program. It was, indeed, quite easy. Now we just have to see if it works...


Anonymous said...

If the message had said "you are not signed up for DD," what would your post have been about?

People Soft said...

I recently had a very positive experience with People Soft. I had to make a change on my withholding. I was told that it would take 2-3 pay periods before it would take effect. In fact, it took place almost immediately and I saw the change reflected on our last paycheck. Back in the day, it would have taken 2 or 3 months for the change to be processed.

Kate said...

PeopleSoft has made all of my interactions with HR much more pleasant...largely because I don't have to interact with HR anymore.

Anonymous said...

Stick with the minutia, Harry - it keeps you from having to face the horror of the big picture.

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Your principal, who likes you, got fired.

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I think you might be confused. I haven't heard of my principal being fired, and it's not currently reported on Candi Peterson's blog. Are you sure you know where I teach?

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Don't leave us hanging. Tell us what's happening in DC schools. Don't let the nevigators stop you. So many people want to hear from you!

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DCPS Parent said...

I wholeheartedly agree with Anon 7/21. At the very least, do let us know if you're continuing with DCPS or have decided to leave.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Harry has gone the way of two of his buds, Dee Does the District and DC Teacher Chic. They've shut their doors and hit the road. Typical TFA behavior, actually, to realize that it takes a lot more than enthusiasm to change things in DCPS and decide to quit for other "opportunities".

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Wow, I can't believe that happened. But I really prefer direct deposit over getting a personal check, it saves me a trip to the bank every week.

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