Why does the corporate world stress so much on punctuality? Why is it important to be on time, may it be a business meeting, an interview, or even for daily office? Why is punctuality associated with dedication towards the job? What difference does it make if you’re five minutes late or if you miss a day or two at the office?
When a person is late, may it be the employee or the employer, it tends to spread to the whole workplace. When one person is absent or late at work, the whole chain is disturbed, and an additional burden is placed on the other colleagues. There is a punctuality policy in every workplace that sets forth certain expectations for the employees. Punctuality conveys that you are dedicated towards your job, and you are capable of honoring the responsibility and work ethics. Being on time builds a rather positive image of commitment and professionalism.
When you are late, you are thrown off the loop, and it takes quite a while to catch up on what you’ve missed in that time. Even if you are a minute late for the meeting, as soon as you enter the conference room, all the attention suddenly shifts upon you. But if you reach for the same meeting about 5 minutes early, it gives you time to settle down, familiarize yourself with all the faces in the room, maybe revise your presentation or points. The one who is late never has that time for preparation, and is usually more pressurized. The most harm is done when a leader is late: lowers the morale of the whole workplace, and sends a message of irresponsibility. A leader who is late shows that he/she doesn’t respect his clients and his/her staff. It shows that he/she is team-centered and reliable or trustworthy.