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Fundamental #21 – Be punctual

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Be on time for all appointments, phone calls, meetings, and promises. How you relate to time sends a message about how you relate to other commitments. Punctuality demonstrates respect for others. Plan ahead to allow time for unexpected delays. 10 minutes early is on time. On time is late.

“The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.” – Franklin P. Jones

As the fundamental itself points out, if you are on time, you are late. Being punctual promotes a perception of personal responsibility, commitment and organization. Not being punctual promotes a perception of laziness, disorganization and general disrespect for the time of your friends, coworkers, employer and the list goes on. This is a personal fundamental that goes beyond the walls of Webco, and can justly affect your relationships, both personal and professional.

So, you are 5 minutes late for work . . . who cares? It’s only 5 minutes, it can’t affect that many people, right? Wrong. On top of risking your own employment, being late can cause resentment among your coworkers as they work hard to be on time every day. This does not make for a cohesive team, and you are not likely to get the help and support of your fellow owners in day to day interactions.

So, you are 5 minutes late for a doctor’s appointment, haircut, etc. . . . who cares? It’s only 5 minutes, it can’t affect that many people, right? Wrong. Think about all of the other customer’s behind you. 5 minutes in the morning can lead to someone in the afternoon having to wait 30 minutes or more for their appointment that they have worked hard to be on time for. It is a common courtesy to others to be punctual for appointments as well.

Not only does a lack of living this fundamental affect others, but it can affect you personally. Again, beyond risking your own employment, lateness can lead to stress for you, and can lead to poor workplace performance. You can start focusing on outside circumstances and excuses and lose focus on your actual work. As we all know, things come up . . . traffic, weather, etc. However, if you allow time for those things, you can still make it where you need to be on time. We are all under enough stress day to day with life . . . there is no need to pile on more by being late.

– Matthew Whalen