The differences between Mr. Early and Mr. Late, according to the boss or the instructors are as follow:
Mr. Early, who always comes on time, is a person who:
- Is eager to work,
- Will not let customers wait,
- Will not need extra time to finish his work,
- Does not need micromanagement,
- Will not leave urgent work to the following day,
- Respects his colleagues,
- Likes the job,
- Gives value to time and, therefore, to his life,
- Does not waste the company’s time,
- Likes to learn,
- Already considers the company as part of his life.
Together with other positive signals sent to his boss, superiors, colleagues, customers, etc.
Whenever Mr. Late is late, it simply means to them that he:
- Is unreliable,
- Does not like the company,
- Does not like the job,
- Does not like to be with his colleagues,
- Does not have goals,
- Is not worth meeting the customers,
- Can make the company lose its customers.
Together with a lot of messages full of negativity.
Who is going to impress people better is Mr. Early, of course. Nobody likes an employee who is:
- Late to come to work, and to start it,
- Late to finish tasks,
- Late to come to meetings,
- Late to meet customers.
A company which wants to grow will never hire a Mr. Late. So do not be one!
The way younger people look at time is not the same way adults do. The older we get, the more valuable time becomes to us. Bosses can aggressively yell at any person who comes late on a lot of occasions especially in a row, even if they are late just five or ten minutes. For trainees, five or ten minutes are not a big deal. Bosses, on the other hand, see that differently.
No customer appreciates waiting on the phone for ten or even five minutes. No customer will go to a company headquarters and waits five or ten minutes for somebody to come and see him. If the same customer goes twice or thrice to the same company, and the staff is always late to answer his requests, it is very likely that he looks for another company to seek better response and results.
Valuing time means customer satisfaction and a better image of the company. One minute counts a lot for bosses. If five employees are late ten minutes each and leave ten minutes earlier, while extending their breaks for ten minutes, it is a big loss of time and money. They are paid for the time they do not work in. Can you pay an employee for a time during which he does not do anything?
Imagine you are the boss of 1000 employees, and everyone is 10 minutes late. Imagine you pay them $15.00 per hour. That is $ 0.25 per minute.
Are you ready for a quick calculation?
$0.25 x 10 min = $2.5 loss per employee
$2.5 x 1000 = $2,500.00 per day, which means $ 75,000.00 per month if multiplied by 30.
That is deadly to the company. Let alone the “dead” time.
What about leaving the office earlier?
What about taking an extended break?
Before you allow yourself to be late to work, and before you say “it is JUST 10 minutes”, please calculate it with the boss’s calculator.