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The True Cost of Tardiness

Angie Morgan, September 29, 2015


The True Cost of Tardiness

Leaders have a healthy respect for everyone’s most precious resource – their time.

How often do you run late for meetings or appointments, or outright cancel on others thinking it’s okay and they will understand? If you think it is no big deal to make others wait for you, consider the following:

  • If you schedule a meeting for your team of six and then start 10 minutes late, you have lost an hour of team productivity.
  • If you decide to delay your portion of a project making it necessary for a colleague to work late on a Friday, you have lost creditability with your team.
  • If you cancel a doctor’s appointment at the last minute, you have taken money out of his or her pocket.

Rarely do we intentionally squander other people’s time or money. However, that is exactly what we do unintentionally when we are tardy. Tardiness communicates to others that you are inconsiderate and you assume your time is more valuable than theirs. Leaders have a healthy respect for everyone’s most precious resource – their time. So the next time you start to think it is no big deal to be a few minutes late, think about what that decision will cost. Other’s time is not yours to waste.

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