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Tardiness: How being late could damage even the most promising career.

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  1. 1. Ahead of the game / Tardiness: how being late could damage even the promising career Page 1 of 2Tardiness: how beinglate could damageeven the mostpromising career To really get to the bottom of what it takes to stay ahead of the game in today’s ultra-competitive market, Office Angels asked its very loyal - and reassuringly diverse - clients and candidates for their valuable, knowledgeable and altogether informed opinions; and we’re bringing you the results in the form of some incredibly useful little articles. To find out more about how to stay ahead of the game visit our website: www.office-angels.com/aheadofthegame.Follow us on:
  2. 2. Ahead of the game / Tardiness: how being late could damage even the promising career Page 2 of 2Whether you’re a student or parent, admin assistant or The causeoffice manager, there’s one thing that’s almost guaranteed Being late for work on a regular basis is often down to lotsto stunt your career progression and diminish your prospects: of issues, rather than a single cause - such as a lack of self-perpetual tardiness. We’re all human, we’ve all slept through discipline or an inability to get organised. Adrenaline couldan alarm and we’ve all been subject to powers beyond even be a contributing factor, with some people enjoyingour control - we’re talking tedious traffic jams and utterly the heady rush of excitement that comes with an impendingdisruptive train strikes - but being late on a frequent basis deadline (or in this case, contracted hours).can spell real trouble for both the culprit and theirco-workers. For others, being late may be a way of striking out. Employers should keep a close eye on this, as the situation may be aJust under a quarter of employers (23%) believe that arriving little more sensitive and require a tad more understanding tolate to the office isn’t ever acceptable, even if all of the work get to the root of the problem.gets done in core hours; while 13% of employees disagree.However, around 90% of employers and employees agree The trouble with being late - and in particular, being latethat arriving late to the office but making up time at the end often - is the impact it can have on someone’s long-of the day is occasionally acceptable - but you’d better have term career. No one wants to be seen as unreliable anda good excuse. uncommitted, but ultimately, never turning up on time means that’s exactly what’ll happen. When you’re late, people stopIt seems that the biggest cause of lateness is traffic, closely taking you seriously, giving you juicy projects, or keeping youfollowed by oversleeping and getting the kids ready and in mind for promotion.out of the door. But for anyone regularly finding reasons toexcuse their inability to get to the office on time, it’s time tochange this career-ending habit. How to stop being late First of all, it takes a conscious choice to change. Making a commitment to get into work on time is the first stage, butWork life balance then it’s important to figure out the reason for perpetual lateness. Once that mystery is uncovered, employees could:Over half (64%) of the employers that we surveyed think that • Set their alarm 15 minutes earlierit’s sometimes acceptable to arrive early and leave late tomeet deadlines, as even though work should be done during • Prepare outfits and lunch the night before to save time incontracted hours, some flexibility can benefit employees and the morningbusinesses alike. But companies are also starting to realise • Reward themselves when they arrive early or on timehow important a good work-life balance is to the productivityand creativity of their employees, and because of that, most • Pin down their most frequent excuses for being late, thenrecognise that consistently working outside of contracted wipe them outhours doesn’t make for a healthy or happy workplace. • Ask to work flexibly and start half an hour laterAfter all, there’s a delicate balance between efficiency andeffectiveness; and all too often, people work long hours • Arrive early but leave on time (59% of employers andbecause they’re simply not effective in their roles. employees agree that’s always acceptable)A healthy work-life balance gives employees a feeling of Being punctual and reliable can do wonders for someone’sloyalty, greater pride in their organisation, and a willingness career. It can also help co-workers to stay motivated, andto recommend it as a great place to work; in other words, a business to stay productive. The key is to identify where thehigher level of job satisfaction. Employers can help this along problem lies and figure out the best solution; and if you needby offering flexible or remote working, compulsory leave, and any extra help or advice, get in touch with Office Angels.strict maximum hours. We’re always more than happy to help.Follow us on:www.office-angels.com