Is being late unacceptable?

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An estimated 5 million more salaried workers may soon become automatically eligible for overtime pay.

Forbes contributor Brent Beshore’s recent article “5 Minutes Early Is On Time; On Time is Late; Late is Unacceptable” has struck a chord on social media sites.

Beshore argues that being late is simply unacceptable. “While that sounds harsh, it’s the truth and something that should be said more often,” he said.

He admits that his opinion isn’t a popular one but he wants to change that.

“I don’t care if you’re attending a dinner party, a conference call, or a coffee meeting – your punctuality says a lot about you.”

Beshore understands that emergencies do come up and said when that happens you should apologize and explain the situation.

So what do you think– is being late simply unacceptable?

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    • tfl

      Yes, Twist, that is the secret. I always try to add the word “around” to my arrival time. Depending on how important it is, “around” can mean anything from give or take 15-45 minutes. If it is something critical I will usually be there on time, but ultimately, my time is my time, and someone had better be pretty important for me to schedule my time around their time.

  • tfl

    Yes it does say a lot about me. I am absolutely one who fits in the always late category and he is right that it’s because I rule my life, not any person and certainly not some object on the wall. Anyone who knows of me showing up on time must know that they are very important to me, because I don’t grant everyone that respect. Only the very deserving get my respect enough for me to schedule my time to be to their event on time. And the flip side is true as well… I know that the people who show up late to my events don’t care as much as the people who do. It sends a powerful message. Although I will mention one caveat: Some people show up late because they like the attention. It’s the reverse for me… I hate having to interact with people and make small talk. I am an introvert and my aversion to socializing gets worse the older I get. If I wait until the meeting is already starting then I can usually avoid having to chit chat with anyone and slip in the back.


      People who care about others treat them with respect. If I say I’m going to meet someone at a particular time they can depend on me. My word is my bond.

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