If you’re on time, you’re late!
Here comes the longer version …..
“If you’re 15 minutes early, you’re on time, if you’re on time, you’re late, if you’re late, you didn’t want to be there.”.
This may seem too strict but if we think about it, this should be the standard.
When we arrive at a meeting 15 minutes earlier, we still have the time to fix our stuff, prepare bathroom breaks, and more.
But if we arrive on time, and if we still need time for some preps, the meeting will start later than the scheduled time.
Even if we have nothing to prepare, it will still be better to arrive at least 5 minutes ahead of the schedule, just to say, hey I am here and we can start when others are ready.
And when we arrive late, it will seem like we did not want to be there because we did not manage our time effectively.
I have heard of organizations that penalize employees for being late – they demerit them. It is harsh and not necessary. Instill values, not fear, as it demoralizes an employee.
Being early should be part of each person’s value.
It’s about being considerate and respectful of each other’s time.
They made time for us, so in return, we make sure to value theirs, and everything else for being on time is just an excuse.