Sure finance pros are a little more used to audits than other departments. But when this IT person heard about an upcoming audit, he probably had no idea just how afraid he should have been.
No one looks forward to an audit. But this one was worse than most, at least for the Systems Administrator in this true story.
The employee was informed that the company would be assigning someone to shadow him for two weeks. During that time, the “auditor” would write up a detailed “professional audit” of the procedures and processes he oversaw.
Naturally, the techie was on his best behavior and gave a thorough dog-and-pony show of all the great things he did day in and day out.
Turns out that’s just what the company was hoping he would do. Turns out, there was no audit at all.
The company was simply looking for a detailed description of the position … so it could fire the network administrator. This was how the company replaced IT staffers with the least disruption and the smoothest transition.
And that’s just what they did as soon as the two weeks were over.
That’s not doing anything to take the terror out of the word “audit” anytime soon.