What are the rules around timekeeping if I’m 10 minutes late?
PUNCTUALITY is a trait appreciated and expected by employers. If you have a specific start time, particularly in a role where you are paid by the hour, then you should make every attempt to be there on time (if not five to 10 minutes before). Excuses such as missed trains or buses or oversleeping alarms will not be well received, particularly if they are a regular occurrence. Greater flexibility on hours may be allowed where flexitime or other arrangements are in place but should not be abused. Any variation to agreed arrival or departure times should be communicated to your manager.
Mid-career KELLIE RIGG General manager, HR Solutions Randstad
MOST managers are accepting if employees are occasionally late. Others follow much stricter procedures. If you are running late, phone or SMS your manager to let them know and be apologetic about your tardiness. Apologise again on arrival and make up the lost time during the day. Let your manager know you will do this as it shows sincerity and commitment. If you’re a serial offender, re-evaluate your prework routine and adjust activities to arrive on time. Delays on the odd occasion are unavoidable, but consistent lateness means your dedication will be questioned.
Experienced TIM ROCHE Practice leader, Right Management Career Transition
A SIGNIFICANT percentage of workplaces have a high degree of flexibility around starting and finishing times, which is important given that in most families both partners work and have to fit children’s activities into their working week. Given this, being late to work is less of an issue. But being late to meetings is a concern. If you are a serial offender, it will have a negative impact on your reputation. If you are unable to make meetings on time, it’s likely your poor time management skills will creep into other areas of your work with an overall negative impact on your performance.
The Expert MICHELLE BENTLEY General manager Donington
RIGOUR around clock-on, clock-off time will depend on the company, industrial instrument or award under which the employee operates, their level of responsibility and accountability and internal policies. It also depends on how your manager’s attitude to implementing these rules or regulations. Be clear on their expectations of you and aim to work within these. On the rare occasion when you may be late, it is likely your manager will trade off with a late finish or an early start. When employees repeatedly under-do their hours, it is likely to be a trigger for negative attention.