Imperfection is built into our humanity. Being late is one of those imperfections. We may be late to work on occasion for very legitimate reasons. A train could be blocking traffic and there is no way around it. A traffic light may be undergoing repairs and the diversion is taking longer on the commute than expected. A parade in the morning can affect traffic for hours.

Whatever the reason or rationale, tardy is still tardy. Employers are willing to accept a bit of a late start from time to time, but employees need to realize those minutes here and there add up. Every minute an employee isn’t working is time an employer is paying for a job NOT to get done.

How Much Time Do Employees Sluff Off Their Employers?

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What’s in a minute here and there? The moments add up. California’s $195,112,063 loss per week ends up at over $10 billion per year.

Does the Reason to Be Late Matter?

There are plenty of bad and good excuses for being late. Subways may be out of commission. An avalanche warning may keep the quickest pathway out of reach. Mudslides happen. But the cost is still substantial. This is not only applicable to commuters. Employees working from home log in late as well, just the excuses change. Tardiness doesn’t only happen in the morning, coming back late from lunch is a problem, too.

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Perhaps a watch gifted to each employee could keep the workday on a better schedule. A phone can be set aside, but a watch glares at you from your keyboard.

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Why did the computer show up late for the meeting? It had a hard drive.

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