101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work:Show Up and Be Punctual

When employees fail to report to work or are consistently late, business suffers, coworkers are overburdened, work doesn’t get completed, and the company suffers financially. If someone has terrific skills and a wealth of knowledge but neglects to show up to use them, that person will be of little value to the employer (and will likely be looking for a new job soon).

Go to work every day and always arrive on time. In fact, report early if you want to make a favorable impression on management. Use the extra time to get organized, review your to-do list, and get a jump on the day’s work. Do not worry about coworkers who put in less time— concentrate on building your own career. If you want to get ahead, you must show it.

Companies that have set business hours—whether they are a typical 8–5 work day or three shifts of people working 24 hours a day— expect all employees to follow the rules and work those hours. Some businesses have flex-time, which allows employees to set their own schedules, but they still expect the job to be completed. Make sure you know what your workplace hours are and adhere to your assigned schedule.

Arriving late to work and taking extended breaks day in and day out add up to hours, and eventually days, of missed work. Five minutes here and there may not seem like much until you sit down and do the math. Being five minutes late six times converts to a half-hour of missed work. In less than three weeks, you will have missed nearly an hour.

In addition to being on time, work until the end of your scheduled work day, not a few minutes beforehand. And if you want to make a good impression on management, show a willingness to stay a few extra minutes in order to complete a task or project.

Follow these tips every day:
*Show up every day and do your job.
*Get to work on time and begin your tasks immediately.
*Take the allotted time for lunch and breaks, and make sure you get back to work on time.
*Do not be a clock watcher while you are working.
*Work until quitting time; don’t check out mentally a few minutes early.

Sometimes it is necessary to schedule time off work for doctors’ appointments, court hearings, jury duty, surgery, etc. If you need to take time off, even if you plan to use a personal day, give as much advanced notice as possible to lessen the inconvenience of your absence. Don’t wait until the day before to tell your boss you will be off. If possible, consult with him before making the appointment to see when the most convenient time would be to schedule an absence that you have some control over. If you work closely with someone whose work hours will be affected by covering for you, let her know as soon as possible that you will be taking time off work.

If you do need to take a day off work for sickness or an emergency, follow your company’s attendance procedures. Always inform your supervisor right away when you will not be coming in to work for the day. If you are too ill to call, have someone else make the call for you.

TIP: Be on time and return from breaks and lunches as scheduled.

If needed, make sure to present the necessary documentation for missing work (i.e., doctor’s excuse, hospital report, court papers, and so on).

101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work. 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work, ISBN: 9781435454323 Prepared for jhale@cba.ua.edu, Joanne Hale © 2011 Safari Books Online, LLC. This download file is made available for personal use only and is subject to the Terms of Service. Any other use requires prior written consent from the copyright owner. Unauthorized use, reproduction and/or distribution are strictly prohibited and violate applicable laws. All rights reserved.

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