My department was running a special incentive program last month. If we could hit 75% billable hours (instead of the usual 65%) for August, we'd get a bonus. I'm usually right around 70%, so I shook some bushes and drummed up a little extra work. When I entered my time for the last week of August, I was just over 76% on my ratio. Moments ago, I received an e-mail from my boss letting me know that accounting showed me at 72.9% and that I wouldn't get the bonus unless I had some extraordinary circumstances.
After a decent bit of back-and-forth, I found out that trollface accountant decided the month of August started on Monday, August 2nd and ended on Friday, September 3rd. I went back and did the math over. On September 1st, I was over the target. On September 2nd, I was over the target. On September 3rd, I took the day off to argue with trollface medical insurance companies and hospitals and that dropped my ratio to 72.9%.
My boss was cool about it, though. He said that this hadn't occurred to him, either, when he was approving my time-off request. If it had, he said he'd have asked me to take my voluntary day off on the following Tuesday in order to make sure I hit the bonus. So he's gonna go ask the VP to make an exception. If nothing else, I like that my boss is going up to bat for me like that.