Dear Dr. Mimi:
Is it illegal for me to clock in for work but not actually work? The last few days, I’ll clock in, but just sit at my desk. I play on my phone, check the clock periodically and clock out at my given time. I know it’s wrong, but I can’t bring myself to actually work!
It is probably not unlawful to clock into work and just sit at your desk, but it is certainly grounds to get you fired. And, it would probably not be unlawful for your supervisor to fire you. The bigger question is “Why?” Do you hate what you do? Are you depressed? Is this new behavior? Has something changed at work that has demotivated you? Come up with answers, and if this is not the right job for you, start looking for another one. Remember, it is always easier to find a job when you have a job.