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Buzz: Working for free, fun work and workplace screwups

We had a leap day this week, which for some salaried employees may mean that your employer got an extra day of work out of you, without giving you anything extra in return.If you’re working for free anyway, you might as well take a little time out and discuss it amongst yourselves.A post earlier this week on whether leap days equal work-for-free days prompted a lot of back-and-forth about whethe

We had a leap day this week, which for some salaried employees may mean that your employer got an extra day of work out of you, without giving you anything extra in return.

If you’re working for free anyway, you might as well take a little time out and discuss it amongst yourselves.

A post earlier this week on whether leap days equal work-for-free days prompted a lot of back-and-forth about whether people are really working for free, complete with a surprising amount of math (some of it fuzzy).

Some chose to take a more light-hearted view of the whole thing.

“The company I work for is so cheap, they'd argue that they pay us for a day we don't work on non-leap years,” one reader joked (we assume it was a joke).

Others, perhaps mindful of the fact that the unemployment rate remains unusually high, opted to stay above the fray.

“Just be thankful you have a payday at all and leave it at that,” another suggested.

Perhaps that reader is a government worker. Another popular story this week looked at who is happiest at work. Government and education workers top the list, while agriculture and mining is at the bottom.

Cue the obvious barbs about government workers having nothing to do. Many readers took that path, but a few chose to stay above the fray.

“Why wouldn't they be happy? They provide a much needed service. I'm glad they are happy!” one reader wrote.

Here’s what doesn’t make most of us happy, no matter how much we like our jobs: A big workplace embarrassment. Luckily, we can usually laugh about it later. Years and years later.

A post this week on your most embarrassing work moments prompted lots of you to recall wardrobe malfunctions, unfortunate typos and misuse of the mute button. Check them out, and share your own, on our Facebook page.