I remember, several years ago, every Monday I had to attend an Orientation/New Clinicians Group at an agency where I worked. Almost every Monday I would race out my apartment about 8:30ish. I would expect to travel from the Southeast side of Chicago to a western suburb in thirty minutes, and expect to arrive on time for my 9:00 AM meeting. The same thing went for a weekly team meeting on Wednesday. It wascheduled for 9:00 AM, as well. I’m usually scooted out the door at about 8:30. I’ll arrive in a nick of time, slide in a seat next to my supervisor, flash her a smile, and say “Hey,” just a few seconds before she says “Ok, let’s get started." Whew. I would think "Sweat of my brow, I made it!" I knew some of my fellow co-workers were going to be tardy as well. We would text each other as we traveled through rush hour traffic saying “Hey, I’m running behind. Can you tell . . . I’m going to be late? TTYL.” We may reply back to each other, “I’m running late, too. Whoever gets there first . . .” You can figure out the rest. Certainly, most of our team leaders and supervisors were very easy going, and understanding. However, punctuality is a very important characteristic to have in the workplace.
Punctuality comes from the root word punctual which means to be on time, and simply prompt.
Kristen M. Anderson writes in her article Why Punctuality Gains Respect in the Workplace the following:
This article was written for the general public, and of course as Christians we are held to a standard of EXCELLENCE. Certainly, we may encounter various mishaps that may cause us to be late. I know for me I usually get distracted with changing my clothes, trying to make breakfast/lunch at the last minute, or watching one more feature on Good Morning America.
I've asked God to help me with integrity and character. I’ve been allowed to see where I can make some improvements, and punctuality is one of them. I would certainly like to demonstrate respect toward my colleagues and clients. Not for my personal benefit, but to be able to prove my ability to be responsible to take on important tasks and represent the Kingdom of God as a leader in the workplace. Punctuality may seem to be just a minor factor in our everyday work lives, but as indicated by Kristen M. Anderson it can be a key to excelling.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
Proverbs 22:29 KJV
Crystal S. Zanders is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works in private practice in Suburban Chicago. Crystal obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Master of Arts in Counseling from Concordia University-Chicago in River Forest, IL. Crystal has over 8 years of experience providing counseling, advising, and coaching to individuals seeking to restore their lives. Crystal is actively involve in ministry. Crystal serves on the leadership team alongside her husband at Prayer City Church in Wheaton, IL. Additionally, Crystal is the co-founder of The Oasis Ministry, a women's ministry designed to encourage women in their growth in faith, purpose, and wholeness! Crystal’s favorite pastimes include: reading, writing, crocheting/knitting skills, and going to the movies. Her heart’s desire is to see individuals gain insight into their God-given identity and live a life of wholeness and purpose! Crystal loves to bring clarity and understanding through the truth of God’s Word and enjoys utilizing writing as a teaching modality.