Join LinkedIn Learning Staff Instructor for an in-depth discussion in this video Being punctual, part of Job Skills: Learning the Basics.
- [Narrator] Here's the thing about being on time to work. If you're always on time, your manager, your coworkers probably won't say anything to you about it. They might not even notice. But if you're late or if you're always late, your managers and your coworkers will definitely notice, and they won't appreciate it. Being on time is a way you can make a good impression and show that you're trustworthy. So here are a few tips to help you be punctual at work. First, always use a calendar, either on your phone or written down, whatever works best for you.
Keep your schedule handy so you know where you need to be and when. Second, give yourself buffer time. Like if you need to make it across town, leave extra time to account for traffic. Always give yourself more time than you think you need, just in case something comes up. Finally, let your manager know if you're going to be late or miss work for any reason. Being sick, family emergencies, or car problems can derail your schedule. But no matter what's happening, give your manager a head's up as soon as possible so they can make arrangements.
Your organization might have specific policies about how to handle sick time or how to handle a missed shift, so be sure you're aware of what's expected of you before something comes up. Make a good impression and keep up a good reputation by always being on time to work. Your manager and coworkers will appreciate that they can count on your to be punctual.