When co-workers are late, they’re always, always late


An issue that exists in most workplaces but is seldom at the forefront of discussion is that of employees who are chronically late, whether in getting to work or returning from breaks or lunches. Co-workers tend to silently seethe while supervisors remain oblivious to the problem.

Employee tardiness isn’t an issue for companies that may still practice the classical style of management, an unambiguous approach to managing people that originated with the Industrial Revolution. It begins with the assumption that workers are lazy, dishonest malingerers. As such, they necessarily require excessive levels of supervision to keep in check their natural inclinations and to ensure that the work that is paid for is getting done. Hence, the idea of a time clock to precisely track the comings and goings (and the actual minutes on the job) of workers.

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Linda M. Charles
Linda M. Charles is a writer based in Toronto.