Do You Respect Punctuality? Or Just Hate it When People Are Late?

@ParaTed2k (21785)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
May 30, 2007 12:15am CST
Does it bother you when people are late? Are you the kind that wants people to be at work, at meetings, at appointments, and other things with you, on time? If so... Do you make sure the appointment or meeting doesn't run longer than planned? Do you make sure fellow employees and yourself are off work on time, so they can make their appointments and other scheduling on time? Do you try to help people get home when they are expected? In other words, do you respect punctuality, or do you merely insist that people aren't late when they are supposed to be somewhere with (or for) YOU?
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@Norstar (695)
• India
30 May 07
I am very particular about following a planned activity. Normally, people do not take time seriously. many of them would come late for meeting. They would easily slip on their scheduled tasks and some of them would actually not have any worries about time having been lost. All this gets approval of senior officers in an organisation because they are the biggest culprits. Sometimes they would start a meeting and it would go on and on!
@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
30 May 07
Exactly! How can they say they "respect" punctuality, if they don't make sure their meetings end on time, so that everyone else can be on time for the rest of their schedule.
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@crickethear (1420)
• United States
30 May 07
I respect punctuality. I am always on time, and I expect others to be on time as well. To me it shows and demonstrates hostility, and disrespect to show up late. Certainly things can happen which can be out of someones control, but other then that, there is no excuse, in my opinion.
@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
30 May 07
So isn't it just as disrespectful to keep a person later than they expected to be there?
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• United States
31 May 07
Totally. Which ever end you are on, keeping someone from leaving when they need to leave, or want to leave is just as wrong.
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30 May 07
If I can always be on time, I expect everyone else to be. It is the polite thing to do. Who wants an employee that is late all the time? That means someone else will have to do twice as much work. If anything, I am always early.
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@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
30 May 07
You're right, employees who are habitually late make it harder for everyone else. However to you put the same expectation on the end of the day? If work is supposed to end at 5pm, does it? Or do you expect them to stay late... even if it means being late getting home or whatever their after-work plans happen to be?
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
30 May 07
i look at punctuality with utmost respect. i always try to be on time and so, i expect people to be on time, too. and whenever i plan for meeting or seminars, i always make it a point that i end on time, too. i hate to keep people waiting about what time the session will end. i just get direct to the point and end the meetings at the expected time.
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@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
30 May 07
Thanks, your comment was more to my point. Most people consider it rude or unprofessional to be late, but few seem to care if they are making someone late by keeping them longer than scheduled.
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@jianhong (740)
• Singapore
30 May 07
It despends. If i am meeting for something important like meeting i dislike people to be late. But if i meet people for outdoor activities or movies, i don't mind. But not two to there hours late. Sometime i also late for a little while.
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
30 May 07
i remember, once i met up with a friend at the mall. i waited for her for an hour and a half. i thought she was really coming. but she texted me telling that she can't come. gosh. i really felt bad that day and i hated her that day, too.
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
30 May 07
I expect people to be on time. When I have an appointment I make sure that I am there at the appointed time, and usually am a bit early to avoid being late. I expect the same courtesy, especially when it involves something I am required to do. Just yesterday I had an appointment at a VA clinic here in town...I had been trying to get transferred to this clinic for over 2 years with no luck, and finally got it done. The appointment was for 8:20 am and I got there at 8:10 just to be told that we needed to find something to do until 10am...because it was going to take that long for the doctor to get there. So I go back just before 10, and have to wait for over half an hour while they are getting things setup. Then I had to go out this morning for some lab work, and this time there was no set appointment, and I still got it done and was home before 9:30. I feel like if someone is going to make an appointment, then they should keep it, with out all of the excuses.
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@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
30 May 07
Yeah, the VA is awful that way! I've had to drive 3 hours (when 2 VA facitilities were closer), for a set of x-rays of my wrist.
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• India
30 May 07
i hate being late and also the people who are late.i respect punctuality and i think being punctual is very important in life.some people reach there destinations late coz they think being late will make them more demanding,but this is not true. i think you can be late when you are going to meet your friends or someone casually and that also not always but may be of some genuine reason,but being late in professional meetings is very absurd,i think we must respect ours as well as others time and have punctuality incorporated in our life.
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@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
30 May 07
Yes, most of us hate being late, and we try to be ontime for our appointments, but my point was, do you also make sure it doesn't run long. Punctuality isn't just starting on time, but ending on time too.
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@bornraf (229)
• United States
30 May 07
I respect puntuality but no go overboard about it.......
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
30 May 07
Good morning ParaTed2k, I'm going to offer a slightly different perspective on this. Perhaps because I live in "The land of manana", or the land of tomorrow. And, out of self-preservation, have learned to be a bit more laid back about time. Very rarely is anyone ever on time here. It's part of the culture. Which, being originally from the East Coast, was a real culture shock. Anyway, I've been here for about 20yrs. A few years after moving here, my wrist watch was stolen and I decided it was best to follow 'universal timing'. Which is remarkably accurate, if one pays attention. I know what time I need to leave to arrive a little early, which is what I usually do. However, one never knows how long they'll be held up by a loose herd of goats on the road, or a raging river running through the road during monsoon season, or the highway closed to through traffic because of 6" of snow. So, I've learned to go with the flow, and not sweat a few minutes here or there. Typically, I will give other people about 15 - 20 minutes before becoming annoyed. It may be aggravating, but ultimately it's less stressful to not get all worked up over it. I can only do my little part to respect punctuality. That doesn't mean that my efforts are going to change anyone else's.
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@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
30 May 07
That's kind of like how the Amish people are about church. Church starts, "in the afternoon". Sometime aroud noon people started showing up, often with picnic baskets. As the afternoon went on, more people would show up... when enough people showed up... church started. ;~D
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• Philippines
31 May 07
Im a type of person who is very particular of the time.As much as possible if i have an appoinment i make a point that im always on time or before the time scheduled because i dont want to let another people wait for me,nor waste their time of waiting for me.likewise,i dont like other people waste my time.because for me time is gold.you can never what you have wasted thats why as much as possible i want to spend my time properly,just like when im at work i'll see to it that i'll make it up on or before or the deadline because i dont want to be late on what ever i do.
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@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
14 Jun 07
Good way to be! The only problem is, a lot of people are particular about THEIR time, but they don't seem to care much about others' time... so they don't mind a meeting or appointment running late.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
31 May 07
I like punctuality, but sometimes it doesnt happen for us with 4 kids. We are usually pretty good as long as we don't get lost. As long as I know where i'm going I try to be early for the appointment. I do get aggrivated when people come to my home that are late, while I am waiting. I am not a boss though, so I don't have employees to worry about :)
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@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
14 Jun 07
With 4 kids you think you're not the boss? ;~D
@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
31 May 07
I hate it when people are late! I always make sure I'm early, by at least 5 minutes to every event. I think it's inconsiderate to the others if you are late. Granted I know that some times there are special circumstances that make us late, but there are always those people that are notoriously late for everything... for meetings or events, or even dinner. I've gotten to the point that I tell them that the real appointment is 15 minutes earlier than it really is, just so they'll be on time!
@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
14 Jun 07
and do you make sure the real appointment ends on time, so the parties involved won't be late for their next appointment?
@Ashgun (472)
31 May 07
Well both, I am very punctual; i prefer to be early than being late!!! I hate people being late even for 5minutes because that shows how irresponsible that person is (except in certain acceptable situations) and also i hate waiting...
@limcyjain (3523)
• India
30 May 07
Yes our organisation does respect punctuality. We insist that people are in time and i personally am too in time for any meeting or job. The organisation has made ample arrangements for the employees to be taken back to their home in time. Incase the vehicles for this purpose are busy alternative arrangements are there so that they reach home in time. The major problem of not being in time is expterinesed with unorganised labour. They are uneduacted and need to be told the importance of being in time and action taken whenever they are late.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
30 May 07
I respect punctuality and I hate people being late. I expect people to show up on time. I hate people that are late I find it a form of laziness. I feel that if people aren't willing to leave their home early enough to get to their destination on time. Then it feels like they really don't want to be there to begin with. And frankly I wish that they wouldn't even show up. Now I make sure that everyone leaves on time. My policy is come to work on time leave on time. I don't believe in overtime, and I don't believe in undertime. There is a schedule and dang it follow it. I will make sure that you get out on time. Plain and simple.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
2 Jul 07
only for myself and my immediate family do I expect us to be prepared and punctual. for others, I tend to give them more leeway, much more understanding of delays and difficulties of meeting deadlines and appt times. I did rather dislike the 5 hour wait at the doctor's the other day though.
@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
2 Jul 07
OH don't get me started here! Doctors are the WORST!
@sonia23 (323)
• India
14 Jul 07
yes,i am punctual & hate when people r late
• Canada
2 Jul 07
I am extremely punctual. I know people who are not, and it drives me nuts. I'm glad my fiance is as punctual as I am. If it was not that way, we'd drive eachother nuts!!! My Aunt, on the other hand, is late for everything. If dinner is at 5:30 we tell her it's at 4:30, so she will arrive on time. Once we were to be at someone's house at a certain time, and she was to drive me there. When I knew she was late, I left without her, arriving there ON TIME in a taxi!!!!
• Philippines
26 Jun 07
I always hate people who come late. Being late means wasting time. Of course I can Understand the fifteen minute adjustment but if it shall be more than that, I will get irritated. I really respect people who come on time. It's not good to keep someone waiting and waste his valuable time.