questionshow often are you late to work?

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Very seldom am I late to work and when I am late it feels like I did something horrible.

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I was late one time and that was back in 1986 when I had to go to the emergency room. I went to work immediately after being released and was about 5 minutes late. My boss didn't notice.

I am an individual contributor now but I've had several people working for me in the past. Attendance was a major issue. Getting the people to work on time was a huge challenge. Not only on time but to work at all. I've heard every excuse in the book. One of my favorite reasons for being late was the employee had to pay the cable bill by stopping by the cable company and paying cash or the cable would be shut off and the employee would be charged a service fee to turn it back on.

Why do people think they can make it to work in 5 minutes? Shouldn't they leave a little earlier to account for unexpected issues like weather, road closures, or accidents? A neighbor of mine complains of ducks in her driveway causing her to be late to work.

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I always leave early for work and am rarely ever late, unless public transportation which I use for the longest leg of my commute breaks down or completely shuts down. Depending on where along the way, I may have no alternatives but to wait for it to reopen.

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I have to be at work by midnight CST or else @gatzby would have my head.

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Yeeesh...i think the question for me is: how often am I actually on time.

I used to always always be on time, when i had to catch a ferry to work, back in the states....now it's definitely a little more loosey goosey since I work for my father in law, and usually show up when he does, and the owner never has to be on time :)

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I am my own boss so "late" becomes a relative term...but, my clients are my bosses, so I am on-time for meetings and rarely late... There was one incident about 5 years ago that I just completely forgot about an appointment with a prospect and felt sick and guilty about it for weeks!... Actually, it still bothers me!! I was never given a second chance by the prospect, nor was I deserving of one...

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I've only been late/absent from work one time, and never at my current job.
The one time I was late, I actually was legally dead for 2 minutes the morning in question so I personally didn't mind missing work even though it was not pleasant to explain to my boss on the phone why I was not there that afternoon.
I got better, no longer dead.

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Only if there's some extenuating circumstance like snow shutting down the roads. So, almost never.

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twice or third times in a month. if over third times,will be punished in our company

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technically, I'm never late to work. I try to get here to start my day at 7am but I can start as late as 10am according to our policies. With that said, I very rarely get to my desk after 7am. I try and leave myself 5-10 mins extra time in case of traffic and other issues.

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Frequently (though less lately) but I always stay late to make it up. A coworker comes in 30-45 minutes late literally everyday and no one cares.

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My job is very relaxed when it comes to work hours. You come in an hour later than usual, you work an hour later or make it up some other day in the week. As long as we work within the core hours 9am to 3pm and fulfill the 40 hours for the week everything is good. I like to get in around 7:30 and leave work around 4.

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Rarely am I late. Usually I get there about 6:15-6:30am and leave by 7pm. If I have to run the other shift then it would be 4:00-4:30pm until 5:30-6:30am, depending on the day of the week and other issues.

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Only on days that end in "y".

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@xarous: What kind of job do you have that you work over 12 hours a day?

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Often. But, I work from home so if I'm just sitting around, sometimes I get some work done. Or, if I do something during the day, I make the time up at night. I generally start at 9am... then see what happens from there.

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@cengland0: One that pays the bills. >< Oh the life of a salary manager in a horrible field. The only reason I am on here now is due to my workman's comp issue. I have a daily two hour commute and would normally work 62-65 hours a week, so about 75 hours a week out of home, it's rough when you have two kids, but some times you have to do what you have to do.

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The only time I have been late to work was a conscious decision on my part. I was never late in the 3 years I worked there prior to my decision. After having a mediocre review because I was out 3 weeks for operation, I decided to not care if I was late. Upon arriving, my boss asked me why I was late when that had never been the case before. I told him the same thing I was told in my review: "If I showed up on time every day to work, then I would be considered for his position." He asked me why that would be a problem. I told him that then I would have to consider anyone that was not at work, whether a scheduled vacation, ill/operation, or just plain tardy, to be the same: negligent in their duties. Two weeks later, I turned in my resignation and have been at my current job for four years without being tardy or absent (except for scheduled time off).

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I'm late pretty much every day. But I'm always late to everything. When the section head for my division "courted" me to transfer to this desk, we talked about this. He's a military officer and punctuality is important to him, and I have never been very good at that. But I am very good at my job. He agreed that if I would come to work for him he would accept the fact that I was going to be late all the time, but I would organize and make efficient the work of the whole section and get my work done correctly and on time. I created a process of awarding funds that won a national Best Practice Award, discovered an approach that's allowed our community to bring in millions in Federal child care match funding, and basically created every document used in my section. I get a merit increase every time I am eligible for one. So my supervisor really doesn't care if I am 15 minutes late every day, because my contribution to the success of his team far outweighs the loss of desk time.

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Define the term "late"? are we talking about What I call East Coast Late or Midwest Late?
ECL = If you aren't 5 minutes early, you are late
ML = As long as you arrive within 15 minutes of start time, you are good.

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@jkaleda: LOL. Then there's the southwest. We literally don't even plan for meetings to start till at least 15 minutes past the posted start time so that most of the people will be there. Of course, that tends to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If people know you don;t start till quarter past they make little effort to be there sooner.

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@crowsnest: Me too! I have to live up to my username!

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Meh... I'm going to be later than I planned today. That happens a lot.

My group is required to have someone present from before 9AM until after 5PM. My full-time people are required to put in 35 hours a week. We are expected to be at meetings for which we are scheduled.

Everyone does more than their share. I've juggled the schedule so that the guy who likes to be out by 4PM starts earlier and the guys (myself included) who hate to be in early can work later. I see no point in trying to enforce an arbitrary 9-5 or 8-4 or whatever as long as the work gets done. My bosses generally agree.

We all have cell phones and can do much of our jobs remotely, so what does it really matter in the long run.

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Lateness seems to be hereditary in my immediate family. For family reunions or other get-togethers, we're often told "it starts at 1 PM" so we'll hopefully arrive at the actual 2 PM start time! (Sneaky relatives!) ;->

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I'm almost always on time, unless i'm up drinking & watching a Woot-off! But those late mornings I'm usually hungover and have scored some deals so I really don't care that I'm late

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Late by company standards, never (literally). I opt to get to work early instead of working late, though it seems like I end up doing both anyway. A few times a month I'll be 5-10 minutes later arriving than I had planned.

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Never. Even if it snows, I am always the first (and usually only) person to show up.

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Nada Mas!!! I am retired!!

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I can telecommute full time but I go into the office because my wife will ask me to do laundry, take out the garbage, drive the kids to school, ask me to run to the store really quick, etc... Sorry, but I'm at work and she doesn't get that.

So I usually login in the morning, do some e-mails, mosey on into the office, come home and log in again. My boss doesn't care as long as we get our jobs done and he can get ahold of us at any time.

My dad raised me with the "if you aren't 5 minutes early, you're late" kind of mentality. So if I do need to be somewhere at a certain time, I pride myself on not being late

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I'm usually 20-40 minutes "early," though the start time isn't set it stone. Unfortunately, that's true of the stop time as well.

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I work on a "flex time" schedule. This means that I have to work 80 hours for every two week pay period. Other than that I can work whenever I want so long as I make it to all my meetings. I'm a programmer so the majority of my work can be done individually and it doesn't matter what time I do it. Besides, I'm east coast and most of my customers are west coast so being flexible in my work schedule helps with that. For the most part though I still work a 9-5pm.

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@jkaleda: I lived in Hawaii and we actually had something called "Hawaiian Time" where everyone was always late to everything. It was so relaxed there with no time structure.

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I'm typically about 5 minutes late...I'm not really sure why this is...I was never late in my old job and never late when I first started this one...I think it has something to do with the fact that nobody really cares...so many people in my office are late.
I know this is a poor mentality to have though...

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@ryanwb: I'm a work-at-home associate and I have the same problems. My friends think that since I'm at home, I'm not working. Some friends stop by unannounced and just wants to chit-chat and I don't always have time for that and they don't understand why.

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I have figured out the absolute latest I can leave, drive exceedingly larger amounts over the speed limit, and still make it on time. I routinely leave 5-7 minutes after that and act surprised when I'm late. Pretty much every day. I do feel shame...

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I have NEVER been late to work once. The lazy and the unmotivated are the only people who are late if you ask me. And I work for myself, so I could be late if I wanted to :)

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Late? Extremely rare. Cutting-it-close? All the time. :)

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There is no "late" for me. I don't have a set time to be in or leave. I do have meetings to attend and conduct though.

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@cengland0: A friend of mine who lived in Hawaii told me this:

In Hawaii, the Japanese think the Anglos are lazy. The Anglos think the Hawaiians are lazy. The Hawaiians think the Samoans are lazy. The Samoans think everyone else is crazy for working when you live in paradise.

I am definitely more of the Samoan mindset than the Japanese in this scenario.