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What to Do When Your Boss Doesn't Trust You

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This story appears in the January 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Q: I work part time at a company. My desk sits out of the owner's view. After I called in sick for a few days thanks to a case of shingles, the owner had his administrative assistant—also a part-time employee—tell me they can't trust the hours on my timecard because they can't see when I arrive or leave, and I "could be ripping them off." I'm insulted. I report hours accurately, have been there a year and resent that a peer was sent to deliver this message to me. My initial instinct was to quit. How should I handle this?

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A: Your experience underscores some ethical problems that can be avoided through solid communication skills.

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