Help me help other architects! This blog is an excerpt from the first draft of my book: Breaking the Box: Explode out of Architecture School to a Successful Career as an Architect. You can help me make it better by leaving a critique in the comment section below. Thx you rock! -Steve
The Secret to Success: Show Up on Time
The most simple and important thing you can do to help yourself and your company is to show up on time. This is especially critical for emerging professionals in architecture.
Show up on time. That’s it!
Someone who shows up on time everyday is dependable and will earn the trust of their teammates.
Someone who is chronically late is deemed undependable and will struggle to earn the confidence of their co-workers.
It is that simple. Who do you want to be?
The Trick to being on time is being early.
There will always be external variables like traffic jams and family obstacles. Employees that are punctual will account for additional time and actually aim to come in early. If your office starts at 9:00 then you should aim to arrive at 8:50.
Is this book worthy?
I debated including this little section in the book. It seems cliché and like common sense. Yet, I have observed colleagues who have struggled with punctuality over the years and it has negatively affected their career. Do not let this happen to you.
There is nothing worse then showing up for an early deadline and wondering when your team is going to arrive. If you can’t manage yourself, then how can you be expected to manage a deadline? An architecture team? A group of engineering consultants? Or a testy client?
The Double Standard
A double standard exists in regards to punctuality. In an architecture office, the junior level staff has higher expectations for punctuality. As folks escalate on the totem pole the leash loosens and greater discretion is given.
I am not saying that this double standard is right or wrong but it is a real thing.
I encourage you to always think ahead. Think about the next role you want and how you can achieve it. Establishing yourself as a punctual dependable person is imperative to your continued success and is easy to achieve.
How do you view the importance of punctuality in the office? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below. thx -Steve