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Stealing on time clock

Q: My co-workers have figured out how to manipulate the time clock so they don’t have to put in a full day’s work. Our boss never keeps regular hours either, so the staff is just following his example. Because the company is headquartered in another state, upper management doesn’t pay much attention to our small office. Although I believe it’s wrong to steal time from the company, I’m beginning to feel like a fool for working all my hours. I would like to report this problem, but I’m reluctant to rat out my co-workers. Do you have any suggestions?

A: First of all, you are not a fool. You’re an honest person who happens to work with a bunch of cheaters, so kudos to you for having a strong moral compass. Unfortunately, however, being right doesn’t always make it easy to decide what to do.

One possibility is to present this issue not as staff misconduct, but as an administrative problem. Instead of calling out your colleagues, you might simply advise the appropriate person that the attendance tracking system is not reporting hours accurately for your office. The recipient of this report can then decide what to do with it.

— By Marie G. McIntyre

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Negative boss a hindrance

Q: I work in a small office and my boss sets a very negative tone. I’m just starting out in my career and don’t know if this is just something I should put up with; I do really like the actual work I’m doing.

A: Assess your options carefully, but don’t settle for a situation that doesn’t serve you.

It’s important to know what you want in your work life.

Start with the positives. What are the aspects of your position that you like?

For example, you may like the clients you work with, the issue areas your agency addresses, the hours, location and some of your co-workers. Prioritize these so that you know which are key.

Now think about the parts that are not working well for you, getting specific about the tone in the office and describing the effect it has on you. It’s important to identify whether it is merely annoying or if it is having a deeper effect.

Consider your longer-term goals to assess how well this situation will help you advance. Don’t give up too soon, but also don’t settle for a toxic workplace that undermines your quality of life.

— By Liz Reyer

Minneapolis Star Tribune


Find seasonal jobs

A fresh avenue of employment will bloom in spring — seasonal work.

It can provide a bridge for individuals looking for employment while between jobs, recent college graduates, or people interested in a new career. Here are websites: Search for seasonal work in approximately 25 categories under “Find a Job.” Site:

Monster: Enter a city, state or ZIP code to find seasonal work openings in your area, or explore an expansive list of positions. Site: Features an interactive map to explore seasonal and temporary jobs in different areas. Site:

SeasonalJobs365: Check out jobs by activity, country or the seasonal jobs directory. Site: View employment opportunities by season, destinations or work-type categories. Site:

— By Chuck Myers

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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