Today's question stems from a real incident that occurred at 5:00 (or 4:59 depending on whose story you hear) yesterday. The least Stan-ish employee at the city is accosted by the head cheese of personnel for "leaving before the end of the work day". It so happens the employee in question typically arrives at work at least 10 minutes before 8:00 and based his departure time yesterday on the fact that he believed the department clock indicated 5:00.
On the one hand the public has a right to expect its public offices to be open at the times posted, on the other hand it occurs to me that this sort of time management is likely to turn employees into time clock-punching Stans like nobodys business.
If you were head of the personnel department how would handle a situation where you found employees were leaving 60 seconds early?
Thanks to maister for wording