Discuss at least three changes to monthly performance report

Performance Reporting: The Use of Standard Cost Variance Information You have been hired recently as the cost accountant for the consumer products division of ABC Manufacturing Company. The production manager of one of the product lines in this division has expressed concern and dis- may over the nature of the periodic reports used to evaluate her performance. In a recent conversation with you she stated: “I feel that the cost accounting reports used to evaluate the financial performance of my product line are misleading and unfair. I have been a line manager for over 15 years and, as such, know how to produce a good product! Because of competitive pressures, our line has even been able to cut raw material costs. It doesn’t appear to me that the financial reports we get from account- ing reflect these improvements. As well, the reports always contain only negative information-what you guys call cost variances. I am frustrated that the managers above use these reports to evaluate my performance and the performance of my product line.”

Following is a typical report that is provided to the line manager in question:

ABC MANUFACTURING COMPANY

Consumer Products Division Performance Report: Product Line X

December 2010

 

Actual Cost

Master Budget

Cost Variance

Direct materials

$15,390

$14,000

$1,390U

Direct labor

$25,680

$24,500

$1,180U

Factory overhead

$21,500

$20,000

$1,500U

Totals

$62,570

$58,500

$4,070U

Note: U = unfavorable; F = favorable

Required: Identify and discuss at least three changes to the monthly performance report that would make the information in the report more informative and less threatening to the operating managers.

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