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Use Your Employer's Time Fairly

Your time during working hours belong to your employer, so use it fairly. Many workers steal company time to do personal things. This time theft costs not only the employer money, but in the long run, employees as well, since some of the lost money could have been used to give employees a raise.

Follow these hints. They can help you use your employer’s time fairly:

  • Always arrive at work on time. Many workers steal time by coming to work late. This costs the company and workers money. Always arrive on time. Allow plenty of time to get to work, keeping in mind that many things can happen, subway or car breakdown, etc.

  • Don’t cheat by taking long breaks. Some employees cheat their employers by taking long coffee breaks. The average break lasts between 10 to 20 minutes. However, some workers stretch their breaks to more than half an hour! Others stretch a lunch hour to an hour and a half or more. Take your breaks. Take your lunch. But be fair.

  • Don’t go on personal errands on company time. Many workers cheat employers by leaving for short periods of time to go on errands for themselves. Do it often enough and you will lose your job!

  • Keep working until quitting time. Another way some workers steal time is by sneaking out early. Others hang around doing nothing 10 or 15 minutes before the clock strikes 5:00 pm. Your employer has a right to a full day’s work for a full day’s pay. Keep working right until it is time to quit.

Employers keep a particularly close eye on new workers for a lot of reasons. They watch them to see if they can do the job. They watch to see if they need help. They also watch to see if they use their time fairly. They want to know right away if they have hired an employee who steals time.

When you start a new job, your boss will be watching you, so don’t waste time. When you’re at work, your time is they employer’s time, so govern yourself accordingly.

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