The New York Times published an article on being chronically late–on Sunday. It’s now Friday and I’m getting around to blogging about it. Hmmmm…
Anyway, they say those who are chronically late don’t do so to control or offend, they just are late–for everything. If you are one of the late ones, consider this:
Q. Can being late all the time hurt a career?
A. Yes. At a place like a manufacturing plant or a call center, it can be grounds for dismissal if it occurs often enough. But it can damage a career even in jobs where schedules are more flexible. Tardy people tend to think that they can make up for their lateness by working extra hours, Ms. DeLonzor said, “but they can never overcome the fact that it makes a very bad impression.” Managers, she found in her research, “are less likely to promote tardy employees.”
In my experience, this is true. For some reason being there before the boss brings big points, while staying after she leaves is not given nearly as much credit.
You’re a star employee if you’re early and a huge slacker if you are late, regardless of how much work you churn out. I rather dislike this philosophy, even though I tend to be an on time person. I was an early person prior to juggling a husband and daycare and it bothers me that I’m not early any more.
I’m in favor of a Results Oriented Work Environment myself. But, being on time will count for something even in that place. It’s being where you said you’d be when you said you’d be–not just being at work at 7:30 because the boss comes in at 7:45