Ah, the corporate expense report – the bane of every professional traveler’s end of trip paperwork. You need (and are owed) the reimbursement, but man, what a PITA. Don’t you think you deserve just a little more than the policy allows because you give so much of your personal time to the company? It’s not dinner, golf, a sports outing. When you’re trying to close a deal, it’s WORK. Those are extra hours you’re putting in – practically for free. You could be spending the time with your family. You always go above and beyond what’s required of your job. A little extra here and there is only fair. Dare I say – it’s only right.
So, do you do it? If you can submit up to $25 without a receipt and you only had a $3.79 cup of coffee, how much do you put in the expense report box? Does the company policy and threat of being fired influence the amount you put in the box?
I’ve unfortunately witnessed co-workers throwing away solid careers over just a few dollars; buying a plane ticket but having it credited and turning in the original receipt; a manager having a subordinate pick up a late night Vegas tab so that the approval email comes to his email and not his boss’s. I’ve seen people legally work within the policy but still find a way to rob the company blind.
Why then do so many successful companies continue to have Expense Report policies knowing some will still find a way to cheat the system?
With all the Ethics Reform articles being posted, consider this your Open Thread on whether or not a pledge on paper will keep folks honest with the paperwork.