You know those people who always turn up late, driving everybody in the workplace crazy. Some of these people do not realise that being late can carry with it big consequences, sending the wrong messages to the people you work with. Here are four common types of people who are late and the messages their tardiness is sending.
The unapologetic person. This is someone who walks into the room late and acts as though nothing happened. Being on time tells others that you can follow up on a promise, that you can do the job. Being late and unapologetic tells the opposite; it sends out the message that you cannot do the job and that you also do not care.
The frantic person. They are some who runs into the office with hair on fire, just as everyone has gotten started, and after everyone has already waited. This type of lateness sends the message that their life is out of control and always in drama mode. It is not a positive projection, as employers do not look for team members who are dramatic.
The victim. This person may say something along the lines of “You cannot believe what happened to me this morning”, and many times it is difficult to believe. Businesses prefer team members who do not constantly act like a victim. Too often, people respond to errors by offering a reason behind why they were late, and while things do happen sometimes, they don’t happen time and time again. When things do happen, what is uncommon and refreshing is to see someone acknowledge and learn from their mistake.
The one who is always late. This person is the worst and their repeated actions send the message that you cannot count on them. When you are on time, it shows that you are in control of your life, but sometimes things happen that are out of your control. However, if you are continually late you send the message that you are undependable and unable to keep your promises.
After working with many different people, I have learned that it is simple things that set great team members apart. This one tip I have is quite valuable: be on time.
As long as there are no time-sensitive tasks that require the team member to be at their desk at a particular time, then lateness is not an issue to me.
It is circumstantial – it is okay to be late if your tardiness does not disrupt others. For example, a receptionist cannot be late as this would disrupt others in the organisation.
Amjad Khanche is an Australian business entrepreneur, investor and technology enthusiast. He has over 20 years experience starting and developing multiple business. He shares his experiences from growing up in India to working with clients for 9East Marketing Services, where he mentors businesses to improve growth.