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June 22, 2012
Make Being on Time for Work a Given
 
Most of us have been there at one time or another.

You start a new job and make sure that you’re on time for the first few weeks. Before you know it, whether by accident or plan, being at work at 8 a.m. turns into showing up at 8:03 a.m., 8:05 a.m., 8:10 a.m., and so on, and you are being reminded of what your hours truly are.

While you may not have purposely been showing up late to work on your new job, it certainly does not put you in a positive light with coworkers and your manager. In some severe cases, it could even cost you your position.

So, how do you go about fixing this problem in order to make sure it does not happen again?

Being Late for Work Impacts Others, Too
The first thing to reconcile with is that getting to work late will initiate a chain reaction of events. Per example, if you are working as a writer for a publication, the potential is there if you are constantly late of messing up the deadline schedule.

You get to work late, and that means your article is turned in late. In turn, the person or persons responsible for proofing that piece get it later than necessary, leading to the person or persons responsible for putting the final copy to bed being late. In some circumstances, the publication could go out late, meaning that the big boss will be unhappy.

In another scenario, you are responsible for or contribute to taking phone calls in your office.

You get to work late and calls go unanswered or are passed along to others, meaning that their workload is impacted. At the end of the day, customers and potential clients are unhappy, meaning that the possibility is there for losing business. Again, this proves a no-win situation for the company.

When you stop and think about it, being on time for work should be a no-brainer, but not everyone sees it that way.

If you find yourself either currently having issues or if you’ve had issues showing up on time for work, keep the following in mind:
  • Don’t make excuses. Some employees will look for any excuse possible when it comes to showing up for work on time. Among the notable excuses will be: they were stuck in traffic, there were problems getting the kids off to school, they overslept, and they had problems with their car. While emergencies do occur, don’t have a list of excuses that you normally turn to in order to account for your tardiness.
  • Be more disciplined. It really is not that great of a task to show up for work on time. In the event you have been having such issues, discipline yourself to make it work. If you have had trouble getting up on time, work on when you are going to bed so you are not overly tired before your work shift is supposed to start. If you have to prepare a child or children for school in the morning, look to get as much done as possible the night before.
  • Keep records of the problem. If you are having problems getting to work on time, document why this is the case so that you can work on the issue. Sit down after a few weeks and look at where you are coming up short when it comes to getting to work on time. Are others impacting you in getting to work on time or is it strictly you? By documenting the matter, you can zero in on fixing the problem.
  • Put yourself in the shoes of your coworkers. In the event you have made a regular habit out of showing up late for work, put yourself in the shoes of those coworkers that bear the brunt of it. Not only does it create animosity in the office, but your coworkers could be paying for it by having to pick up the slack by doing some of your work. Would you want to be dealing with a tardy employee on a regular basis? Assuming the answer is no, the motivation to fix the problem should not be hard to find.
Employees undoubtedly take advantage of their work situations at times, just as businesses do with employees at times.

If you are someone that has been unknowingly or willingly been taking advantage of your time attendance situation on the job, the time is now to fix the problem.

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