In Wikipedia, a time clock is defined as a mechanical (or electronic) timepiece used to assist in tracking the hours an employee of a company worked. I would like to define it as a time eater because today it ate four minutes of my time.
My office hour starts at 9:15 a.m. This morning, I arrived to work at 9:13 a.m, but on my timesheet, it is marked as 9:17 a.m. in red color. Red color is used to indicate that I’m late or I leave work earlier than I’m supposed to. I complained to the receptionist, who checked her watch and told me that the machine was correct.
Confused, I rode the elevator to my floor, but I decided to check the time on my mobile phone and it was still only 9:13 a.m. I asked one of my colleague to make sure and they told me that I was not late.
I went downstairs again and told the receptionists to change the time on my timesheet. They refused at first, and told me that I should discuss it with the person who set the time on the machine. Finally, one of them told me that she’ll correct the timesheet, probably because she thought I was annoying.
I was already in a foul mood even before reaching the office due to some annoyance at home. I think I took out some of my anger on them. Now, I feel bad that I argued with them. It’s not their fault that the machine stole four minutes of my time.
I wish I can complain to the office, but I don’t know who to complain to. This isn’t the first time the time clock display incorrect time. It used to display the time at a later time than this, but at least there wasn’t any red ink on the sheet. I don’t know what will happen if there are too many red inks on my timesheet, but I don’t want to find out.
Now, I have reset the time on my watch so that it is four minutes earlier than the standard time. I don’t want to have to argue with the receptionists all the time.
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