What's your problem?

My boss is fiddling his expenses and I don't know what to do about it. He has been in the job a year and I've had my suspicions for the past few months.

by Jeremy Bullmore
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

I'm his PA. I'm afraid to blow the whistle as I don't want to lose my job or make my life difficult, and I don't know whether others in senior management turn a blind eye to it. Should I just let it go?

A: Very, very difficult for you. It's just (just) possible that it's part of his unwritten deal with the company - in which case, he's cheating the taxman rather than the management and his fear of discovery will be less. The best I can suggest is this: use one particular expense claim (which presumably you process for him) to raise an innocent question about accuracy. It would help if you felt he was underclaiming.

His response, whatever it is, will be very revealing - and will help you determine your next step. The only comfortable option is to do nothing - and I don't think you'd be comfortable with that.

- Jeremy Bullmore has been creative director and chairman of J Walter Thompson London and a non-executive director of both the Guardian Media Group and WPP. Address your problems to Jeremy Bullmore at: editorial@mtmagazine.co.uk. Regrettably, no correspondence can be entered into.

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