Here is the question of the week.
Punctuality, being on time, does it matter to you?
Here are the notes we used to get the show rolling.
Staff who arrive late at work are costing the economy £9 billion a year, a new survey suggests.
More than half (56%) of all employees admit failing to attend meetings and other work events on time at least once a week, it claimed.
One in 10 people revealed they had been late for a job interview, while 11% said poor time keeping had contributed to the loss of a potential new client.
Almost a quarter of workers (23%) said they perform badly in meetings after arriving late, while nearly half (48%) said this adversely affected the performance of their colleagues.
Meanwhile 82% of people said they believed being late was unprofessional, according to the survey of 1,000 employees by Heathrow Express.
The study found an average of 590,000 workers in the UK show up late every day.
Each late employee loses an average of 97 minutes per month which costs British employers £305 per head every year, it added.
The main excuse for being late was traffic problems caused by road works (41%). Other reasons included public transport delays (29%), unforeseen circumstances such as someone being unwell (25%), bad weather (18%), sleeping through the alarm (14%) and leaving something behind (12%).
Some 63% of workers admitted they were affected by the stress of being late, while 39% said the after-effects negatively impacted on their entire day.
Nearly a fifth (19%) said their late arrival had resulted in a disastrous meeting.
Three quarters of employees (74%) revealed that being late made them feel guilty and nearly half (48%) agreed that people lost respect for them after failing to show up on time.
The research also found that it took an average of 49 minutes for people to feel calm and in control after a late arrival.
A total of 46% of those surveyed admitted that the stress from
3 in every 5 people have missed or been late for a flight, according to Kabbee study.
abbee’s study reveals the top six reasons for passengers missing or delaying a flight:
- Traffic delays on public transport (engineering works, road accident) – 39%
- Overslept – 28%
- Last minute packing / disorganised – 26%
- Forgetting the date of travel – 18%
- Going to the wrong terminal – 13%