How strict is your employer about punctuality and does it matter?

posted 2 months ago in Career
Post # 76
198 posts
Blushing bee

My company doesn’t care what time you come in as long as 1. you are on time for meetings and 2. your work is done well.

This freedom is my favorite thing about my company and I see it as a major perk, better than free lunches or parties or other things companies do to try to keep employees around. 

Post # 77
246 posts
Helper bee

I work a salaried job. There’s this one lady who is consistently late coming into work. Sometimes even 30 minutes. She does not live far away from our job. Late coming back from her breaks as well. We tell each other (group of 4 ladies) when we are going on break so they know, she will just sneakily leave without telling anyone. When she goes to break it’s only one other person there so it’s respectful to let them know they are going to be alone instead of just wandering off. 

She always makes personal calls. I’ll hear her call someone and then they can’t talk and she will call someone else just to chat. She drives me crazy and guess what? She never gets in trouble for it. 


I personally think, if you have a set schedule ex. 8-5, come at your scheduled time. That’s it. Not 10-15 min afterwards. Of course sometimes everyone is a few minutes late, but everyday I think is unacceptable. 

Post # 78
1364 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

CakeSniffer :  I’m a teacher, so it’s a bit different in that you absolutely MUST be on time otherwise there’s a class full of kids waiting for you. We are expected to be at work half an hour before classes start and to remain at work at least half an hour after our last class or yard duty. In reality, the majority of teachers work far longer hours than the required minimum.

Not being punctual to classes, unless you have a good reason, is majorly frowned upon and would earn you a formal warning very quickly.

Post # 79
614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m a high school teacher so I have to be on time, otherwise the kids will be standing outside, unable to get in class. It would be very obvious if I was late. I think it’s actually good for me. I need that structure otherwise I would go off track, as I have a tendency to be late.

Post # 80
6 posts
  • Wedding: June 2018

You are insane.  Get a grip.  You are completely unqualified for a management position.  If being on time was important for the position, it should have been made clear from the get go.  If coming in 5-10 minutes late was a problem, and you let it slide once, that would be one thing.  Letting it slide the duration of someone’s employment at the company, then suddenly claiming “unwritten deal-breaker!” makes you a power hungry lunatic.  You can’t wait to lord over someone. Oh, and then the responsibility of hiring a replacement!  My, how important you are!  

If this was a real, firable offense, your boss should have fired her a long time ago.  If he is a coward, he is promoting you so he doesn’t have to be the bad guy.  


I have worked at a teeny tiny local business where my boss was the owner of several companies.  Our office also served as the on-site management company for his retail/office property.  I know what you mean about having unwritten rules, but your immediate hunger for power (which is what this is) and importance that you *in no way* deserve is shocking.  

Randomly deciding to fire her over this will be out of left field for her.  I’m sure she made the coffee too weak at some point, and the boss mentioned it once or twice.  She probably wouldn’t expect to be fired for that, either.  This shouldn’t be first on your agenda.

That isn’t how you manage people.  (Or raise children.  Or conduct yourself in personal relationships.  Or live as a decent, sane human being, because those around you won’t know whether they’re coming or going). You take yourself too seriously.  Take some classes.  Enrich yourself.  Get some therapy, or grow up. 

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