A Balancing Act
Monday morning, 5:30 a.m. Survey the house to see what kind of trouble the puppy caused overnight. Last week he ate a loaf of bread and a cherry pie. All clear today. Take dogs out, feed the cat, make sure the kids are up and getting ready for school, husband reading the paper. Okay — we're good to go.
This is my first blog. When Internal Auditor contacted me and asked me to do this, I thought, "What on Earth can I blog about — and who will want to read it?" But then I thought about my crazy work/home life "blend." I've always wondered how other busy auditors and working parents manage that balance — particularly when both parents manage a career and travel. (For example, what auditor can get to a high school baseball game at 3:30 p.m.? Is it really necessary for volleyball games to be played in a different state from the one we live in? Are you kidding me ... I have to be where, when? Doesn't anyone else work? What jobs do y'all have that you can just drop everything and be at your kid's school for a parent/teacher tea at 10 in the morning? And, why don't doctors and dentists ever work on weekends?)
So I decided to write my blog from the perspective of a day in the life of an internal auditor. I'll leave the technical and controversial topics to others. This will be just for fun. I'm hoping to hear from other auditors on the solutions they've found to managing the dilemmas commonly encountered in our hectic lives.
7:30 a.m. Arrive at office. Get coffee. Plan the week ahead.
- Review quality assurance review (QAR) self-assessment with direct reports. Discuss with Audit Committee chair and chief financial officer at quarterly lunch meeting later this week. (The QAR is a great way to keep an open dialogue with your audit committee. We complete our review annually and include a formal report. This can be a great training tool for anyone new to your department.)
- Issue department's balanced scorecard for April, paying close attention to team utilization percentages and reporting cycle. More about balanced scorecards in a later blog.
- Prepare for audit planning meetings next week in Europe. PowerPoint decks need to be completed. I can't imagine how we communicated without PowerPoint.
- Issue audit reports. Several can go out this week.
- E-mails, reading, research.
Okay — so that's it for the week (maybe). Hoping the volcano with the really long name doesn't interfere with our travel plans. Most of my team is in the field this week. Three team members were on a safari over the weekend before the start of their audit. How cool is that?
Need to stop now. I have a lot to do this week.
Posted on May 10, 2010 by Kiko Harvey
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