Use flex time to come in late at your own peril

The early bird gets the worm. This is pounded into our heads from our earliest ages. Schools, for instance, will record every instance that a child is so much as two minutes late, even if was for an early morning doctor’s appointment. But nowhere on the child’s record does it show that his mom checked him out two hours early for a doctor’s appointment.

This same punitive mindset carries into adulthood, even in companies which have official “flex time” policies. Flex-time policies generally allow employees to set their own hours, provided that everyone is there for some core business hours. Employees love it. It allows them the flexibility to take care of their personal lives while they still get work done. However, even though you’re putting in the same amount of work, regardless of whether you get to work early or late, Harvard Business Review is reporting that managers view coming in early positively and coming in late negatively.

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3 thoughts on “Use flex time to come in late at your own peril

  1. In my experience, managers also dislike those salaried folks who leave work “on time.” And there is rarely any benefit to arriving before the boss does, so long as you keep an eye on any late-night or early-morning emails.

  2. Adverse Impact? Many times it is the woman dropping the kids off at child care. Which means she’s coming in later.

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