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Friday, March 21, 2008

Whatís the best thing you can hear an auditor say? ďYouíve done my audit for me.Ē She was here less than an hour, took a few notes from the mountain of material I provided her, and asked me to make a copy the summary page, because it had all of the basic information she needed. Iím not sure that even qualifies as an audit, if you take the company flunkyís word for everything. I guess she did some spot-checking, or maybe she was just comparing my records with the ďrealĒ auditorís report, but it was quite a relief to have her gone, nice as she was.

Now that itís over, I feel as if Iíve wasted the last three days and nights worrying it to death. Thatís pretty typical, though. I always seem to look back at the end of any undertaking and find something to regret about it, whether itís turned out good or bad. If things work, I think I could have done better. If things donít work, I beat myself up over what I did wrong. And in a case like this one, which turned out to be no big deal, I regret the time spent fretting and stewing over the parts of it that Iíd either already done or didnít need to do to get ready for it.

On the other hand, maybe it was good to go over every possible worst-case scenario in my head for three nights running. It wasnít good for my sleep patterns or my general health, Iím sure, but it made the actual event quite a bit less intimidating when it was actually going on.

Sure, she asked some questions that I fumbled for answers to, but Iím never at ease with strangers, so that was one of the scenarios Iíd already considered. She wanted to know more details about what the company does than any other auditor has ever asked. Do you think I know what kind of tools and machinery we have in our shop? Not a clue, and I told her so. The usual stuff, I said, hammers and saws and such. I barely know what our crew does, much less what they use to do it.

25 February 2008

Schmear of clouds.

As she was leaving, she dropped a bomb on me that it will be my pleasure to re-drop on the Boss. Another operative from her agency will be calling to make an appointment to look at the shop and ask some questions. Thatís another thing no other auditor has ever requested, and Iím not sure what kind of questions they plan to ask. If they want to know if we have safety meetings and keep everything in perfect order, my guess is we probably donít. Thank goodness thatís not my department, but I think Iíd better give the guys a heads-up on Monday.

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