In any office, it’s important that you display both professionalism and punctuality. Punctuality is one thing that everyone in the office must practice. Having said that, it’s a lot more important for managers to be timely because doing so makes it possible for him to create a professional environment for him and his team.
Though different managers expect different working styles from their team members, they all have something in common: they want professionalism and accountability in their subordinates. But how can you expect your subordinates to show professionalism and punctuality if you yourself fail to display these qualities by coming to work late, failing to get to meetings promptly, and not being updated on things going on in the office? As a manager, if you’d like your team to be professional, you will need to practice professionalism in yourself first, and the first step is to be prompt.
Being prompt has a direct impact on the quality of the deliverables of your team. Your job as the manager is to make sure that your work and your team’s work is of quality. It may be possible that you get to the office late, while your staff may be there earlier than you and will therefore leave the office earlier. You won’t be able to monitor how your subordinates work if you are consistently late. Because of this, the quality of their output will suffer. As well, subordinates rely on their managers for input so as to go on with their work. If the manager arrives late to work then it can mean a loss of several productive work hours of the team.
Achieving milestones and deadlines are crucial and a very good manager understands this and will make an effort to be punctual. If you practice punctuality, you’ll give it your best shot to finish projects in a timely manner. Your team will consider you as a person who is trustworthy and dependable.
An environment of mutual trust is also established by punctuality. It’s not at all uncommon for managers to deal with unavoidable situations which cause a delay in finishing projects. Nevertheless, if you’ve established a reputation for finishing projects in a timely manner, the higher ups are not likely to question you if you are late in delivering a project. They’d assume that you have a genuine problem that is causing the delay.
Punctuality can also be very helpful in keeping the team together and bonded. If you practice punctuality, your subordinates will likely mimic you. When you are all arriving and leaving at the same time, it means you have a lot more opportunities to bond and connect with one another.
There are plenty of visible and invisible benefits of being prompt for work. As a manager, you want your subordinates to be responsible and trustworthy. In order for this to happen, though, you need to set the example. You can begin by exercising punctuality in the office!