Your Money at Work on the Shifting Careers blog at

“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” – Thomas J. Watson

Marci Alboher, the Shifting Careers columnist for The New York Times, invited me to post again about work and money. The topic this time: Are Personal Finances the Boss’s Business?

Most people know someone at work who has gotten a call from a debt collector, maxed out her credit cards or given a list of reasons about why he can’t afford to contribute to the company’s 401(k) plan. In our tell-all culture, it’s easy to catch the clues about financial missteps.

As an employee with an extracurricular interest in personal finance, I’m always fascinated when I see a co-worker who is careless with money or hear about his financial problems at home. I have often wondered if I would scrutinize the situation differently if I were the boss. After all, should the personal part of one’s finances matter at work?
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