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If company management insists on signing all checks, as opposed to the usage of signature stamps, then the accounts payable staff must either track down these people and loom threateningly over them while they sign the checks, otherwise meekly leave piles of checks on the desks and hope to get the completed checks back within made weeks. Either approach is unacceptable, since the very first puts the accounting staff in the uncomfortable position of forcing managers to interrupt their workdays in order to sign checks, while the latter approach inhibits the timely distribution of checks to suppliers and employees. A good way to eliminate this difficulty is to prepare for regularly scheduled check-signing meetings, preferably soon after scheduled check runs. By doing so, managers could have already blocked out time with this work and will feel less compelled to drop other work to accomplish their signing duties. Also, it means that the accountant delivering the checks can sit and amicably discuss problems with the check signer, such as for instance queries about the cause of some payments, while also presenting issues with respect to the accounting department. Due to the increased level of communication available under this approach, it is not unusual for a secretary controller to deliver the checks, rather than an accounting clerk.

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