questionshow much time before you start work do arrive at…

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I arrive no early than 15 minutes before, but for the most part it is 5 - 10 minutes before I start. I don't like to arrive at work to early but I will stay as late as you need me.

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15-20 minutes just enough time to get an idea of what's going on for the day.

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About 15 minutes... need the run down from the previous shift.

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Work "starts" when I get there. I actually start working about 15-20 minutes after I arrive. :)

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it depends on what i am doing at work, I fluctuate from maybe 15-20min after for starting or jumping right in

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@okham: yup, same here. I tend to leave the house to get me to work with about 10 mins before I want to start (usually 7am).

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Woot starts right away. Work follows within 15 minutes.

Then they lead an intermingled relationship throughout the morning and afternoon. I generally push very hard, and am very productive work-wise for like an hour straight, and get so far ahead that there is nothing to do for 20 minutes or so. Then I can woot again :)

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Traffic makes it impossible to predict when exactly I'll get there. I may show up right on the hour, 25 minutes early, or an hour late.

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@underinsomnia: I'm a late-type as well. I tend to be 15-20mins late. I'm salaried, so it's theoretically not a big deal, but my employer doesn't really grasp the concept of salaried employment. They treat the salaried employees exactly like the hourly ones, except instead of getting overtime we get comp-time. But my work is independent of everyone else's, no one has to wait for me or depends on my daily work output. I run the RFP, write the contracts and administer them so I handle my own projects start to finish. And I'm really good at what I do, most days I get all my work done in just a couple of hours. When the team leader solicited me for this section, I made a deal with him that he wouldn't hassle me about being late. He's a retired kernel and I knew my tendency to be late could be a problem. He agreed to it readily and stood by his word.

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Where I am has little to do with whether or not I am working. (This has advantages and disadvantages.)

It mostly depends on whether or not I am late for a meeting or am walking into some kind of situation. In these cases, I may go straight to it without even stopping at my office, though I prefer not to do this.

On a normal day, I usually start by making a pot of coffee (unless someone has already done so) and then get to it while the coffee brews.

When I ride my bicycle in, I usually relax for about 15-30 minutes before changing, though when the A/C is broken, I may not change at all. (For the record, I do NOT wear bicycle shorts.)

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I'm an hourly employee, so we can't clock in till 6 minutes before our shift starts. I like to get in around 5 minutes early so I can put my stuff away and be ready for the day. At my old job my relief used to show up 5-10 minutes late. Drove me insane!

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@moondrake: Retired kernel? You work for OS2/Warp?

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I got in the habit of getting in 15 minutes early back in my call center days where every minute was tracked. Now its just habit and its usually reserved for my morning woot/ news download its the equivalent of my morning coffee and paper.

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invariably someone needs me to answer a question by the time I get out of my car. I've usually fixed 3-4 things before we reach the building. sometimes I make everyone stand outside while I answer questions and suggest fixes. then I get my coffee and go back to sleep at my desk.

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@lumpthar: LOL, I used the wrong kernel. Should be colonel. For some reason I was thinking the US used "Kernel" and the Brits used "Colonel". I always remember Corporal LeBeau on Hogan's Heroes calling Hogan "Ka-low-nel".l

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I'm hourly, and I try to arrive about 10 minutes before official start-of-the-workday, but lately it's been a real push. My work computer is overloaded with kludgy software and a ton of security features, so it takes a full five minutes to boot everything.

When I ran a one-person office, I wandered in around 9am and often worked till 8pm or so, depending on how deeply I was into the project at hand. On the other hand, if the week was light and I was lazy, I didn't worry too much about taking a day off. After the board of directors noticed I'd written off 2000 hours of OT (I was salaried/exempt and kept track of the time only for funsies), they encouraged me to find more days off to take. Much more fun than the current work schedule.

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To paraphrase Dilbert, I've been at this company for 6 years but didn't start working here until 6 months ago when they threatened to fire me.

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I'm salaried: I tend to try to get to work by 0700; however, it's normally more like 5 after...
When I come in, I boot up my computer (they shutdown our computers at midnight), and then put my lunch in the fridge if I brought any, and get some water out of the cooler.
After that, I read dilbert, check woot, and then just start looking through my work e-mail...I alternate back and forth throughout the day between woot and work stuff...

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It used to be just scooting in on the hour - no room for error; however, I never left on time - always stayed at least an hour later because everything was pretty quiet and I could accomplish a lot more. I am not a morning person - but then, you guessed that, right?

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I start working as soon as I get there. I answer emails and talk with staff and superiors to get progress reports and see if they need anything from me. THEN I go get coffee or grab some breakfast when I'm confortable that things are rolling along. I hate when people come in and screw around for half an hour before sitting down to do actual work. At that point, you're already 6% behind on your work for the day and creating a bottleneck. I'm actually pretty cool to work with, but I do dislike when people take advantage of company time because it usually means everyone else gets to go home and I'm stuck working late because I don't get stuff to look at until 4:30.

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At my old job I would be in anywhere from 15-90 minutes early. At my job I have been at the last 15 years, I tend to usually get here 5-10 minutes early.

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15-30 minutes is my goal when I'm tending bar. This accounts for minor traffic delays that may happen on my way in, and allows me time to calmly get ready to start my shift.