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Posted 5/25/17
I'm always 15 minutes early to everything...so 14 minutes early is late for me...I'm an over achiever (it is a military thing!)
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im always 30 min early to appointments.
on the other hand, if my (mexican) family has a party, its understood everyone will be 1 hour late.
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I'm always the first person to show up.

I wish more people were as punctual as I am.
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If you're late, you're late. If you're not in the door by 9:00 A.M (for example) every day for work, you're late. There is no different meanings of being late. You can be early, but there's only one definition for being late.
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late is late . there is no self-defined definition.

i really hate people who cannot make an effort to be early .
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Anything passed five minutes and you're late. I try to get to any appointment 15 min early like you said but usually i get there right on time or like one minute before :(. I always remember what my high school teachers always told me "if you're on time, you're late" but I used to be late to a bunch of shit all the time anyways so being right on time is an improvement for me.
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late is anything 10-20 minutes after designated time.
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Posted 5/26/17
I hate being late for anything, even just a minute, but as my dad says, "better being late for an appointment than being early for the morgue."
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Time is a myth
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Posted 5/28/17

ninjitsuko wrote:


dulun18 wrote:

do you also go by this policy for all appointments/work ?


Something like that.
I'm often 1-3 hours early for work (I don't expect overtime or compensation, I just want to make sure things get done that need to get done). I'm at least two hours early for any type of transportation (flights or train) and if I have a same day appointment with a customer or a contact in the area, I ensure that even with 2-4 hour delays that I should have time to get to and check into the hotel, shower, change clothes, and get to the location I should be about 30-40 minutes early. I'm usually the guy who's always at least a half hour early for everything.


I don't know any hourly employee who will show up 1-3 hr early for work before... unless they are salary employees.
Posted 5/28/17

dulun18 wrote:

I don't know any hourly employee who will show up 1-3 hr early for work before... unless they are salary employees.


My current position is salaried. But I've kept the same kind of routine/schedule even as an hourly employee at grocery stores, fast food, retail, and so forth. I would pitch in and help different departments to get experience and to help out co-workers. It meant that my own skill set became more flexible and my co-workers knew that they could depend on me when needed. Even when I used to chop tobacco as a child, I'd show up about an hour or two early to make sure there wasn't any stacking that needed to be done from the harvest the day before and would stay after to assist with stacking if it was needed. It's been a habit to make sure that I'm trying to improve the environment overall in some capacity or another.
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Posted 5/28/17

ninjitsuko wrote:


dulun18 wrote:

I don't know any hourly employee who will show up 1-3 hr early for work before... unless they are salary employees.


My current position is salaried. But I've kept the same kind of routine/schedule even as an hourly employee at grocery stores, fast food, retail, and so forth. I would pitch in and help different departments to get experience and to help out co-workers. It meant that my own skill set became more flexible and my co-workers knew that they could depend on me when needed. Even when I used to chop tobacco as a child, I'd show up about an hour or two early to make sure there wasn't any stacking that needed to be done from the harvest the day before and would stay after to assist with stacking if it was needed. It's been a habit to make sure that I'm trying to improve the environment overall in some capacity or another.


I'm guessing this is how you moved up the corporate ladder. People like you deserve the salary they are getting for the work they are putting in.
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dulun18 wrote:
I'm guessing this is how you moved up the corporate ladder. People like you deserve the salary they are getting for the work they are putting in.


I ended up quitting a management position at a grocery chain about 8 years ago because I was reprimanded by the district supervisor a few times for helping out different departments. It was (and still is) to my understanding that a manager should have the skill set of those that he/she is leading and willing to do the same jobs in case that assistance is needed to give the customer a better experience. Unfortunately, it seems that management is designed to "manage" with the mantra of "do as I say and not as I do". Not my style of management, so I left. I've just resigned as CTO of a company so that I could get my hands dirty with code again - because I know the company needs more developers.

Too many people are focused on having the "highest position" and "best salary" these days. I'm more driven to ensure that the product is getting the love and focus it needs to make sure that the customers are happy - or to ensure that their experience is (at least) pleasant. But yeah, I move up companies quickly because I'm a person who can wear many different hats. If I don't know how to perform a task within the company or business I'm in, I learn it so that I can (either self-taught or taught through experience by a co-worker in that department). It's how I am in any company or field. I put myself into a place where I'm valuable to the company and to the customer (which, by proxy, makes me valuable to the company if I get some resistance internally).
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"We have open door"policy around here"
they said. It means you can report/talk to the higher ups without having to go through the usual corporate rank. I found out they didn't like what I was doing when i skipped the center manager and going directly to the CEO of the company regarding some issues..

The bigger the company the greedy they will become. It's hard to find people who are dedicated to their job because of their love for the job and not the money.

"follow your heart" was the advice for career choices

now ?

"follow the money"
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Posted 5/28/17
6+ minutes before = early
+/- 5 minutes = on-time
+5 to +9 minutes = fashionably late
+10 to +29 minutes = glad you could make it
30+ minutes after = why did you even show up?
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