Jacob Mpiima got the sack from a telecom company after receiving several warning letters for reporting late for duty. He remains jobless over six months since he lost the job.
Many people, both employed and out of employment, just cannot be punctual for anything. Experts say late coming for work or any other activity portrays a lack of respect for the job or the people you are going to meet. It means you have no regard for their time.
They also say it is the reason many employees fail to complete their day’s work and, instead, carry it home. They say it is a major cause of failure of company programmes and projects and could even bring down companies, if not checked.
According to Betty Namuwaya Kampi, the human resource manager of Rehman Motors in Banda, a city suburb, late coming, like all bad habits, starts slowly and grows into the norm for some people. She says because such workers report late for work, everything they do lags behind in most cases, creating backlogs and, worse, causing organisations to lose money and deals.
But Kampi says one can purpose to change. All they have to do is recognise that lateness is a vice and work on changing the habit. Below are some of the tips she gives to the habitual latecomers to help them change
- Learn to sleep early Namuwaya notes that employees who usually go to bed late, tend to sleep for longer hours and wake up late. Consequently, this makes them report late for duty. She advises workers to always go to bed early, so that they can have enough sleep and wake up early to prepare for work.
- Prepare the day before Usually, what delays people is when they wait for morning to prepare what they intend to use for the day “However, preparing everything in the morning consumes a lot of time. It is better you do it in the evening before going to bed, so that when you wake up, all you have to do is get ready for work,” notes Namuwaya. She adds that early preparation allows one to reflect on what one may not have done right so that they can devise means of doing it better when they go back to office.
- Set your daily targets David Maganda, the managing director of Platinum Trackers, says it is wrong for an employee to get to work when they do not have a work plan for the day. People who have work plans usually have time attached to each plan. So, they go to office early to ensure that they achieve their daily goals.
- Set off from home early Maganda notes that one can also wake up early, but set off for work at a wrong time and because of heavy traffic, one may end up arriving at the work place late. He advises that such people can change the time they set off for work. “If you leave home an hour to the time you are required to be at work, consider setting off two hours earlier, so that you arrive on time,”
- Go slow on social media He notes that most employees spend a lot of time on social media and give little attention to their office duties. “Keep off social media and concentrate on your work so that you meet your deadlines. This will help you accomplish your daily tasks early enough,” he says.