She strolls in, her hair perfectly tied back behind her head, not a dab of makeup out of place and her uniform spotless. She appears the perfect employee as she walks down to the lockers, chin tilted upward, all apologies far from her lips. Five minutes prior her shift began, the rest of her colleagues set to begin, possessions tucked away and opening tasks already begun.
Timeliness is a sign of respect; respect for a job, for associates, for oneself as a part of something greater. Yet, so many see five or ten minutes as a mere formality. A wise man once said, “keeping another person waiting is a basic tactic for defining one as inferior and oneself as superior.” Sauntering into work after a shift has begun without a single ounce of remorse is elitist, snobby, totally reprehensible.
If I can arrive each day at least five minutes before my shift, why can’t the rest of the staff, why can’t she? Working on a team requires a sense of trust, an understanding that the other will do her job on time and as required. Although five minutes might not make a difference every time, it leads to a break in the trust, and maybe someday that five minutes really will be too late.
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