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Qualities that will get you noticed at work: Punctual employees make good emloyees

Updated on June 15, 2013

Make it on time

Companies rely on employees to fulfill the needs required to succeed in today’s economy. Expectation for quality services through the capabilities and resources of each employee is necessary to fulfill the duties and goals of each company. This is why companies are constantly looking for great employees that will maintain or improve the quality of the services for the company and help the company succeed. An employee is an investment for the company’s future success so the employee should be a reflection of the goals of the company, not a reflection of a poor choice for employment.

What a job expects is an employee who will show up to work when required for the job to reach its goals. Punctuality is an important quality that will get you noticed, not only by the company, but the manager who can get their reference for a promotion if one should be available.


This is the quality that will make the very first impression on your manager as well as your coworkers. If you show up late pretty often or barely make it on time, then you will most likely never get promoted from the position that you have right now. Punctuality is the first quality that a manager judges employees by. If you are constantly late or running into work right when you have to, this delays work and all other employees.

Every time you are late, you cost the company money. The work does not stop just because you are late. The work continues, but the rest of the employees are doing the work that you are supposed to do. Other employees are covering the work which takes away from their own, your productivity decreases because you did not start when you were supposed to, and your manager is upset because they have to worry about your work getting done and set aside their own.

Qualities you need

A company wants an individual that can be on time for every important task, show up to work when needed, and show respect for their coworkers by being there when expected. When an employee is late, the work continues and the company loses money by pulling employees from their area until you come to work. Money is lost and managers have to answer for the disruption in the workload.

Being punctual gives the impression that you are professional. Punctuality is also a sign that you respect your coworkers and the company. Unless there is an unavoidable or serious situation, you should expect to be early to work on a daily basis and be ready to work when expected. Punctuality is first step to proving you are promotion material and are reliable enough to be there when needed. Being on time, responsible enough to show and up when needed is what makes you stand out to a manger for being serious about your job.

One way to make sure that you are always on time is to leave your house earlier than normal to make sure you do not come across any obstacles that will keep you from being on time. Make sure that your alarm clock is set earlier than it is right now. If you are rushing just to get to work on time, odds are that you are not going to be considered for a promotion any time soon.


Being responsible at work


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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Many think that punctuality applies only when punching in to start the day's work. Many forget that extending breaks is a blow against one's punctuality as well. Starting work after breaks is included. But I see a lot of employees extend their breaks too often.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 5 years ago from Port Townsend

      Good advice!

      Punctuality seems like such a basic part of "how to behave at work," yet so many people act like they could care less. I used to manage a small company (about 25 employees) and "work begins at 9:30" seemed more like a "suggestion" than a rule, for at least 1/3 of them...