Be mindful of how you approach time. Although there are general international rules, each country or culture has its own time etiquette. In Japan time is crucial, while in Ghana time is flexible. Please call or app when you are late. Of course, with a valid excuse. Show respect and consideration towards the other person. We all have busy lives. Perhaps you are not up for the job or you need a time management training. Being on time shows respect. You will feel relaxed instead of rushed. Remember your attitude will influence others. Let’s look at some examples.
Arriving on time
- Arrive on time in the office or meetings. You are not more important than your colleagues or clients. Unfortunately, some do believe that they may always arrive late. This will have a negative impact on the overall productivity.
- Emails, telephone calls and apps, should be answered within 24 hours. Allocate time in the day for this task only. Perhaps start the day early, so you do not get distracted by others.
- If you want the job, you arrive 10 min early for your job interview. You show that you are keen and respect your potential new boss.
- Be on time for lunch and dinner meetings. We are all hungry and do not like to waste valuable time. Time is money.
- You should be 5 minutes early for all scheduled appointments such as hospital, parents- teacher, nails and so on. If not, you will be in for a long wait or new appointment.
- A date that shows up late is not worth your time and love.
One exception is arriving fashionable late for parties such as cocktail, BBQ’s and birthday parties. It is rude to arrive early. Your host might still be busy with the final touches or is not dressed yet for the occasion.