why do people come to work 30-40 mins before their shift?
this has become a pet peeve of mine, it's as if they have no life and would rather spend 3+ extra hours of their week at work instead of at home doing other things or sleeping.
i punch in 2-3 minutes before my shift. i know some people use public transit but surely not all of them use it and still come in early. i feel like i actually have more going on in my life than they do and whether that's of bad faith or not i don't know. i just can't fathom myself wasting time at work when i don't have to be there.
so why do people feel they have to come in to work so early? and it's not like they have to "mentally prepare" themselves here because it's factory work.
and if it's to impress their manager i would actually be annoyed if i was the manager. i don't need the afternoon shift coming in at 2 if the shift starts at 2:30. 2:15-2:20 is a good time for people to start coming in.
for anyone else still reading, i have only been late once out of working 6 shifts a week in the past 2+ years at my current job. don't think i'm some lazy slob who is regularly late, i just don't like to be at work any longer than i have to. my actual peeve is when people clock in so early, while people are still working.
and seems like a lot of dumbasses in the answers here think i forgot about people who use public transport. i literally gave them exception in the OP.
- AnonymousLv 41 month agoFavourite answer
YOU are a pet peeve of mine! Some people have been raised/are aware of the importance of being punctual. Coming in early lessens the chance of being late! Nothing worse than getting caught up (traffic/bus late/train late) and rushing in to not be late. Being early you arrive at your own pace and calm - a good way to start the day! I once worked shift work and couldn't leave until my relief came in. Many, many times my relief had your attitude and came in late. I wasn't just peeved - but ripped into them. Telling them I wasn't paid overtime! I had your type once have the nerve to have a go at me for coming in early (!!) Where did she get off? It was MY time to do with as 'I' pleased!!. I told her punctuality was so important to me that I'd rather come in an hour early than a minute late. So, with your 2-3 minutes punch in - you can't tell me you are always on time. It doesn't bother you that your employer pays you to start at a set time? Do you make up the time you were late? Or don't your 'work ethics' cover that???!!!! BTW I have noticed - without fail - people with your mindset still expect (!) to be one of the first when 'early marks' are given out! Not so fussy about the 2-3 minutes then are you??
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- MarkLv 61 month ago
I work for a place that worked from 7am to 3:30p. I would take ten minute to commute. A lot of people go to work early to beat the traffic. I would sometimes leave my place later then normal. I arrived 10 minutes before the shift started. I did have time to read the paper those days. I would read the daily paper. Talk to co workers. Clock in at 6:45 Use the restroom before going to my work station. Start work at 7. There is no rule no employees must arrive at their desired time
- AprilLv 61 month ago
It's their life. What does it matter to you? Sometimes people have long commutes or depend on public transportation. (I live in an area where there's almost no corporations, so it's hard to really support a family unless you commute to the next local city, which is almost 80 miles away.)
It's better for them to show up early than it is late.
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- PearlLv 71 month ago
maybe theyre afraid something will make them late
- Karen LLv 71 month ago
You really can't think of any reasons? Maybe that's the way their bus schedule worked out. If they took the next bus, they'd be late. If they're driving, maybe they left early in case there was a traffic jam that would make them late, and then there wasn't a traffic jam. Maybe they were dropping off or being dropped off by someone else who had to be there earlier. I used to work with people who always came in half an hour early. One of them told me that it was a half hour drive in normal traffic, so if he left at 6 he'd be at work by 6:30 or so. But if he left at 6:20, the traffic would be so much worse that he wouldn't be at work till well after 7, and late for work. He played it safe by leaving at 6. Said he'd rather spend half an hour having a coffee at work than stuck in traffic.
- linkus86Lv 71 month ago
Yes, it is a conspiracy. Such people prove to never be late for work and more often prepared to begin working when their shift begins. "Normal" people, like yourself are occasionally late, never for a reason you blame yourself, and are often hurried when they begin their shift, not actually able to work effectively until 10 minutes later. The manager never appreciates people prepared to work, it doesn't make any sense.
- tentofieldLv 71 month ago
I used to start work at 5am and we would open the doors for clients at 5.30. I would always arrive fifteen to thirty minutes early so that I was fully prepared by 5.30 whatever problems had occurred and had time for a cup of coffee. When I was relieving someone, I would arrive 10-15 minutes early so I could get a good debriefing and allow my colleague to leave on time. It was never to impress the manager, I was the manager.
- Anonymous1 month ago
If you're not dependent on public transportation, you cannot possibly understand.
Put yourself in others shoes before you criticize and rant.
- Anonymous1 month ago
I have always come 30 minutes before. If I showed up right at 7 am, I would not only feel rushed, I would not be relaxed before I left for work either. I do not sit at home and have my coffee because then I would be looking at the clock every 5 minutes. By getting to work early, then I can relax, have my coffee, read the news, and actually have some relaxation time before I start work.