Late is as Late Does

December 15, 2008 at 9:09 am | Posted in Customer Service, holiday, Marketing, Networking, sales, Sales Training, small business | 1 Comment

In some social circles, being fashionably late is de rigueur. However, in the business world, being late is not only tacky; it also clearly defines you in a negative light. What does being late actually say to others? Here’s the ugly truth of tardiness.


In a busy business environment, time is money. Keeping others waiting is a profound demonstration of disregard for others. Regardless of the business situation, whether it’s a meeting, email, luncheon, interview, appointment, or scheduled phone call, if you’re late you’re wasting others’ time and costing them money.

Lack of Organizational Ability

In this age of online calendars, day planners, and digital clocks, there’s just no excuse for losing track of time. Frankly, no one cares about your time management issues. If you can’t get to where you need to be on time, you’ll rapidly develop a reputation for being disorganized and inept. 


If you’re chronically late, you’re probably inefficient in other areas of your job, as well. This may or may not be true, but this is what the people who are waiting for you assume.


Are you the boss who is guilty of being late? Well, shame on you! And, guess what? Your employees will mirror your bad habit. Make punctuality a priority and set the example. Otherwise, you’ll be establishing a pattern of ineffective behavior that can have far-reaching ramifications.

Being on time is a hallmark characteristic of a professional, thoughtful, well-organized individual. It quietly speaks volumes about your character that will inspire others to do likewise.






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