Some people are habitually late. It matters not what the circumstance they are predictable. You can count on them always being late.
I am one of those who is on time or early because I can’t stand to be late. It has always been something that I’ve been conscious of since I can remember. What’s great too is that I must have passed this down to my daughter – a good trait to have, IMHP.
When I used to sing professionally and travel for business some 265 days a year back in the 90′s I had this one bass player that was a part of my band. He was consistently late. He was the nicest guy and a very good bass player (employee) but lacked this one thing > being punctual. It caused me all sort of grief.
He would come flying in at the last-minute, missing rehearsals and would come in with a giant smile on his face saying “I’m so sorry I’m late” (and always had an excuse). It was hard to deal with especially while he’s smiling at you.
I found myself scolding him week after week “Donnie, you need to be on time. We set rehearsal and set up times for a reason. You’re just being lazy or waiting till the last-minute” – I would repeat on a regular basis – to no avail.
He finally told me, “Susan, I’m just a late person. I’ve always been late and I’ll always be late. It’s something I have no control over.” Well, I didn’t buy that then and I still don’t.
Is it part of our genetic make up? Are we either punctual or late? Hmmm…..
To me it showed that he wasn’t considerate, had poor time management skills, should get out of bed earlier, and that he just didn’t care. He had accepted that he would never change and it would always be that way.
It’s said that it’s a universal theme in the workplace that everyone will get to work on time (give or take a few minutes…) except for the employee who is egregiously late nearly every day. Whether it’s school, work or whatever – they seem to always have an excuse. Here are a few -
What makes these employees run consistently late, anyway? While it’s true that some people have poor time management skills, habitually tardy employees can also be arrogant individuals. The same rules that apply to everyone else in the office simply don’t apply to them, and somehow, they never seem sincerely sorry for being late. In some cases, the tardy employee might be the boss’s precious snowflake or the office rainmaker who is allowed to get away with it. In these cases, the boss seems to be willing to overlook 10 minutes late here, 15 minutes behind schedule there.
So, how do we deal with it?
When we constantly allow them to get by are we just enabling them to continue this pattern?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and how you’ve handled this sort of thing in and out of the office.
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