Wait until after meetings to apologize, if applicable. Avoid sharing your status with a coworker. When public utilities fail to supply electricity, water, or gas, or there is a failure in the public utilities, or sewer system. It also is important to note that reporting time pay wages do not count toward overtime pay obligations since the wages are not paid for hours actually worked. Beneath that, display your boss's name and email address and the physical address of the company. I'll be there at 7:
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There also are some exceptions where an employer is excused from paying reporting time pay. The basic reporting time pay requirement is found in Section 5 of the Industrial Welfare Commission Orders.
For example, an employee scheduled for a standard eight-hour day who is sent home after working three hours would be entitled to four hours of pay. So for example, if an employee was scheduled for a three-hour shift and is sent home after an hour, he would still be entitled to the two-hour minimum pay, even though it is more than half of the three-hour scheduled shift.
If an employee was scheduled for a nine-hour shift and is sent home after three hours of work, he would be entitled to just four hours of pay, even though that is less than half of the scheduled nine hours. Reporting time pay may not be owed every time an employee is sent home early. Some examples of exceptions to the rule are:. If the employee has worked more than half the scheduled shift, then the employee is simply paid for whatever hours have been worked.
It also is important to note that reporting time pay wages do not count toward overtime pay obligations since the wages are not paid for hours actually worked. Thus, if an employee is paid for 42 hours for a week, but three of those hours are reporting time pay and the employee actually performed work for just 39 hours in the week, no weekly overtime pay is due. Sunday, September 16, Helpline Labor Law Corner.
Also, some jobs just require you to be there early. My most recent job required me to be there at 7: You signed up for that. And to be honest, you should be looking for a new job regardless of whether you can get there on time because you've caused enough trouble for your manager at this point, it may only be a matter of time before you're forced out. I'm not trying to shame you, but you may be closer to the edge than you think. Decide that your start time is actually 7: Well, I was a late-bird.
Someone finally told me gently how rude it was, and I fixed it by: That's all it took to make me, a chronic late-bird, on time for everything. Now when I express joy at being on time, people look at me funny and say: Seriously if you can get there a max of four minutes late then you should just aim to get there at instead of and then you will be at least eleven minutes early instead of at most four minutes late.
Mornings suck, yeah yeah, but guess what, as long as you work for someone else you need to respect the schedule they set. It is quite honestly as simple as getting up earlier and leaving earlier so you arrive earlier. If there's something you haven't mentioned or I missed, like you sleep through three alarm clocks or something, then sorry and you might need extraordinary measures but you still need to get up earlier and get your shit together earlier and leave earlier.
Your boss wants to see you respect the schedule that you agreed to work. I have a guy that is forever fucking it up and I can't fire him because union. He is constantly apologizing and I even think he means it, but he never changes the results.
Nobody cares how someone feels about their continued fuckups, they only want the fuckups to end. Apologies and promises to stop fucking up are meaningless in the face of continued fuckups. I'd look for another job because if your boss has had to speak to you about this a few times and you still can't be arsed to just get up earlier and leave earlier and arrive earlier, they are probably looking for a good reason to fire you. I know I would be, even if you were a great employee when you deigned to arrive.
Not giving myself a "fake" start time, bribing myself with food, timing myself, setting multiple alarms. I had three fucking alarm clocks. The thing that has worked for me is hiring a nice lady to supervise my morning routine. She comes to my house, wakes me up, brings me a drink and a snack, and then says, like, "Okay, time to get dressed. Do you want to brush your hair? Did you take your meds? I use the buffer to study, you would probably use it to read email, etc.
Yeah, I feel lazy and I wish that I was different and it's an extravagance, but I wanted to keep my job and stay in school. It works for me, and it makes the rest of my life so much easier.
It might work for you and let you keep your job. Which is a nice thing to have. Memail me if you would like a copy of my CL ad and how much it costs and how I set everything up.
You don't start work at 7: You start work at 7: They basically lied to you about your start time. Just be there earily and if you're a few minutes late it won't matter. If you want to have a leisurely time getting ready in the morning, there is nothing for it but to go to bed earlier and get up earlier.
There are lots of good suggestions above about how to achieve this. If you just want to make it to work on time to pacify your boss, then pare down your morning routine to absolute bare essentials.
Have whatever you need packed the night before. Shower the night before. Get up, brush hair, wash face, change, grab bag and go. Minimal makeup if you wear makeup, and only what you can't apply on the subway I know, tacky, but desperate times call for desperate measures. You can probably do this in 15 minutes.
Which means you can sleep till 7, or close to it, scramble for 15 minutes and get to work before 7: Eat on the go or at the first break you get during the day.
The money you save on cab fare, you can spend on lunch or on whatever it takes to minimise the time taken in the morning. Either way, you need to prioritise getting to work on time if you want to keep this job.
Even if it means leaving social events early yes I know it sucks. Even if it means leaving work earlier yes I know that might have other consequences, but right now this it the thing that you're going to be called on. Even if you have to sleep all weekend to recover from the week. Are you really doing 11 hour days? No wonder you're finding it hard to get up!
FWIW, I am totally not a morning person but I have noticeably more energy in the mornings when I've been exercising, eating right and not drinking. Not saying you haven't been looking after yourself, but if you haven't, it's something else to consider. Oh yeah, and look for a new job. Then you need to wake up one full hour earlier than you are waking up right now.
That's the whole thing. If you want to be able to do things at your own pace you need to have enough time to do so, not look for tricks to make your own pace faster somehow while changing nothing but minutes of your life. I want to address the other side of this: If you need to be at your desk, having read emails, etc. So as others have said you need to be there by 7: But then what's your actual quitting time?
If they're dictating this start time it sounds to me like your end time should be probably no later than 4: Are you staying late to finish up things or is everyone else there until that late as well? That's an 11 hour day! It's nuts to do that on a regular basis. So I would also be thinking about this: If you are and somehow you think that staying late is what's proving to them you're committed If you can start to leave at an earlier time I think you'll find it easier to come in earlier.
You'll have more time in your evenings to get prepared for the early morning, to have some downtime, to do the other responsibilities that come with this adult life. I suspect there's part of your coming in late that comes from dawdling around in the morning trying to recapture the downtime you don't get in the evenings because you're working so late.
Well, let's just say I hope you're getting paid some big dollars. You know, the practical stuff has been covered, but I'm coming in to ask: How interesting is this job to you?
Because when I've been stuck in dull jobs, I have unconsciously, I only figured this out later created a lot of chaos in other ways, as a way to generate some kind of challenge or excitement. Because, I said to myself unconsciously: If I'm just a woman who gets up at 6 and calmly drinks a cup of tea and calmly arrives at work on time and calmly sits at a desk all day doing a boring job…what does this say about me?
So I had to generate challenges, hysteria, excitement…anything that meant I was not just a dull work-bot. If this is the case, yes, by all means, solve the on-time problems using the suggestions above. And use your newfound calm headspace to think about what kind of work might be interesting, engaging, and exciting to you, and take steps to work in that kind of job. This is what you need to change. As many other have said, you need to get up earlier.
Changing your sleep cycle for work can be hard, but it can-- and in this case, must-- be done. Your work start time is really 7: If you hit 7: Don't get down on yourself. Just get ready to change when you sleep. As junior salespeople we're getting paid around 40k and there's a pretty good commission structure. Marylynn, we actually work 7: It's a hard-core sales environment--if I leave before 6 I'm to let my account manager know.
The hours, the discipline required, the time management skills required I'm so worried--my boss sent me a text saying I should spend the day thinking about what it takes to be a part of a high-performance team, that we're meeting at 7: I'm going to be there by 7: I really have no other choice. Any company that's going to give a damn about four minutes, unless it involves public transit, isn't a company worth working at in my opinion.
Do it before you get fired. In the mean time, you need to work on not only being at work at 7: I'm not a morning person, and I never have been. It takes me 2 hours to get ready in the morning, then an hour and 15 minutes to drive to work. I tell myself that if I didn't have to spend so much time in the morning doing pet chores like taking the dogs out, feeding them, and cleaning the cat litter box, I'd take a lot less time to get ready for work in the morning. However, realistically I don't think it adds all that much time: I work at an office with flex time, but realistically, if I'm not here by 8: On the other side of the clock, when I finally leave work after putting in an 8 hour day, mine is often the only car in the parking lot, which has me thinking "does anyone actually work here?
Jobs like this exist. The only job in my office that has strictly defined start and end times is the tech support folks, who are contractually required by our customer to be there to answer the phones between 6: One of the guys lives further from work than I do; I have no idea how he does it!
Sometimes I work with the folks and it's difficult to get some types of work done when those folks aren't here. So I've been aiming to get to work by 8: This means I must leave the house NLT 6: As you can imagine, this never happens. I consider myself lucky if I'm out of bed by 5: The best I've done with getting to work is 8: I'm helped by having a strict morning routine, doing as much as possible the night before, getting to bed NLT Do you get overtime?
Do you get lunch breaks? Are you hourly or salaried? This is a hard-core environment: I work twelve to fourteen hour shifts night nurse, hi but I get a guaranteed lunch, am an hourly employee, and only work three shifts a week.
I have a hard start time, but the rest takes care of any confusion that could happen. This wasn't enough for me. I put the alarm clock far enough away that I had to physically get out of bed to get to it, and would still manage to snooze half a dozen times. What cured me of snoozing is the "I Can't Wake Up" app Android , iOS , links are to ad-supported free versions, paid ad-free versions also available. It forces me to complete a number of tasks highly configurable with several different tasks available as well as varying difficulty before I can shut off or snooze the alarm: By the time I've done all that I'm awake enough to get going and not hit snooze.
Also it helps that the snooze length itself is configurable, and the five-minute snooze I've set on the app is decidedly less tempting than the nonconfigurable nine-minute snooze on my old standalone alarm clock, especially since it means I'd have to spend another two or three minutes completing all the tasks a second time after the snooze. You don't actually say if repeated snoozing is part of your problem, so if not, disregard.
Suck it up, get to work on time, and figure out how to find a better job as soon as possible. BTW - hard core sales environment is just a code phrase for abusing the sales team. I've never had a job where 11 hour days every day was the expectation. You're about to be either fired, or given an ultimatum that is designed for you to fail. That's not the end of the world. You do need to be super disciplined in finding a new job, starting now.
Get off MetaFilter and start looking for new jobs. Your current job like most sales jobs is horrible. From the long hours, the extra 30 mins they added onto the start, the awful corporate-speak, right down to the fact that your boss texted you.
Jobs like this try to take over your life and the lack of boundaries show it. These are churn and burn jobs for young people. They don't expect people to last, often don't want people to last, and the sports-like allusions to "character", "grit", "teamwork", etc, are smokescreens for exploiting their employees.
This job isn't a good fit for you, and you likely weren't going to last anyway. It's not a good fit for me either, if someone asked me if I have "what it takes to be a part of a high-performance team", I'd laugh in their face as a gut reaction.
You are not a bad person for not fitting in here. Nonetheless , part of being an adult is doing what you have to do. You are probably going to have a lot of terrible jobs before you hopefully find something you like.
The rent must still be paid. Show up early to your meeting tomorrow. If they fire you, take an hour, then get right to applying for new jobs.
If they try any sneaky things to get you to quit so they don't have to fire you, don't take them up on it, as they are trying to get out of unemployment that is America-centric advice, may be different if you are not living in the US. Yeah, your workplace is toxic and deliberately trying to make you fail commission, huh, gotten any big cheques made out to you or is that just held out as a promise?
It is textbook sick system. You are only earning barely above minimum wage to have your life taken over by this job that will barely pay the bills because I bet you aren't saving money in other ways like cooking at home because you are too exhausted, and walking instead of cabbing to save time.
If you have to be at work by 7: But if you need the job, you need the job. To appease your boss, try to come in early enough before he does that you're completely settled and working by the time he walks into the building and past your desk in the morning, and try to leave immediately after he does in the evening. As soon as he's out of the building at night, though, you should leave, too.
There's no sense in staying long after -- they're not paying you extra and if you get a reputation for staying way late it just makes it seem like you don't have the time management skills to get your duties done during the workday.
It sounds like they're just trying to get as much work out of you as they can before you wise up and move on. Just make sure you're looking out for yourself. Yeah, okay so this "high-performance sales team" that works 11 hours days on the regular is ridiculous. Recognize you are now playing a high-stakes game against a ruthless competitor.
You must win this game. You want to be a member of a high-performance team? You level up this way: You're in stealth mode right now and you're going to use this job to learn a few skills.
You're no longer chaos-loving you; you're a ruthless high-performance sales master. Fake it until you make it. You're going to suck up and absorb absolutely everything you can from these other high-performers and you're going to master all of them.
What does that person look like? How does that person behave? You are now it and you're going to make them weak in the knees. While you're doing this, you go home every night and work on getting a new job. Is this like working two jobs? Yeah, and that sucks, but it'll suck more to have your life leeched out of you at this place. Take the new skills you've just gained and leverage them into a new position.
This might take some time, but keep at it. Because you're now so awesome at being a high-performance sales person your new job will be cake but it should also be someplace that you WANT to be at; that allows you to use those skills in an authentic way, not in the way you faked it for so long as the last job.
You're so ace at your current place you're no longer in danger of losing that job - they need you SO BAD - so take your time here and find a place that will value you and your skills and that you really like and that let's you live a more balanced life free of bullshit corporate bully-speak like "take the day to think about whether you have what it takes to be part of a high-performance sales team".
Quit your current job. I'd be nice to think you could make them weep and rend garments as you walk out the door but the truth is they'll try to belittle you anyway.
So just walk out on your terms with your head held high. You've now won at corporate life. You can turn this to your advantage. If you actually do change and never again arrive late, your boss will find that extremely impressive. Do you know how many people change their behavior based upon feedback? And do you know how many people adore having their feedback acted upon?
You and I are two peas in one pod. I had a similar situation where being 5 minutes late was not tolerated, as stupid as it was. For me I just had to pretend my job started earlier than it did, and I believe it. Look at the clock and say "I need to be there by 7: For me, many times the hard part was simply getting out of bed.
I set several alarms that would force me up. Sometimes I didn't want to get out of my warm bed so I'd turn the heat on in the morning to make me want to get out of bed more. You can get up and be out the door in 5 minutes if you take them with you to do in the cab. The thing is, you waltzing in four minutes late by itself isn't the problem: Perhaps you should consider working for a much smaller outfit: Small companies sometimes are looser, because it's correspondingly easier to keep track of the hours worked by 10 people than the big company's people.
I used to supervise someone who was, every single day, anywhere from minutes late: I begged her to simply leave home 10 minutes earlier ; she claimed that "wouldn't work".
My own boss got so irritated she made this person sign a leave slip for a quarter-hour of vacation time every morning At this point she started screaming about how 'unfair' it all was. My boss and my boss's boss took her aside; I never found out exactly what they said to her, but it worked: This is bad advice.
I'd find another job. They don't get to have it both ways. If I'm expected to stay 90 minutes late every day, I will not be bitched at for showing up 4 minutes after start time. If start time is flexible by a few minutes, leave time is flexible. That's fair to me. I concur with everyone else that the job sounds like crap, but until you find another job, you have to dance to their tune. And even if you find another job, the latest start time that almost all office jobs have is 8 a.
So this is a problem that you're always going to have until you're old enough to retire--you just cannot have a job that works with your natural sleeping pattern, because the world revolves around happy chirpy early birds who love to wake before the sun and it doesn't matter how late you stay to impress those people.
So before my husband who is chronically late and my kids which are just insane late making creatures I was NEVER late. I accomplished this by being overly anxious and overly cautious. For example, I bet you are thinking "I need to meet my boss at 7: So I'll be early!
I'll be there at 7: And since it only takes me 15min to commute, I'll leave at 7! Here's what I'd think in the same situation. Ok, so I should be there by 7: It usually takes around 15min to get in, but I need to add in fudge factor time there so I should leave by 6: But that's ok, I can eat goof off on the internet, etc and it won't be a problem. And if the subway is delayed, I'll stress about it, but it won't be a problem. My goal is to always add in fudge factors for every amount of time I expect it will take me to be somewhere and then add some extra at the end just in case.
For a job like yours, I would be at work at 7am at the lastest every day to have time to read things and prep for the meeting. If I was later than that once I'd just hurry the next day.
If I was later than that more than once I'd start waking up earlier or doing something to take more time off my morning prep. I am chronometrically insensitive. On time is really hard for me, especially in the morning. All the tips above are nice, and some will even work for a few days or weeks.
I feel your pain. Anyway, remember that on-time is a very easy metric to track. It's black and white and requires no judgement calls. This means the authority figure can make a big deal out of it and not feel remotely guilty. In your case, it's also very visible: You've been naughty in front of everyone, and naughty in a way that is apparent to everone rather than just half-assing it through the day like most of your coworkers.
To maintain his authority he's got to do something. Even if you're the top salesperson, he's going to feel that pressure. If you're middle of the pack or worse, you're starting to look like a good lesson for the everyone else.
And he doesn't even have to use judgement or feel bad about it. These are the problems managers love to solve. All this is to say that this probably isn't the job for you, or at least this isn't the place for you to be doing it.
It's for punctual morning people. That's a transition that is hard to make. I'm not saying you shouldn't give it a try, but you should also start looking for somewhere more interested in what you bring to the job than whether you bring it at 7: A warning, from someone who gets up over an hour early and still has occasional lateness issues- the fun stuff you do to waste time before you have to get moving has to be done at work.
I may be completely wrong here, but I know for myself it's incredibly easy to become distracted by something on the way out the door you sound like you have ADHD, although I could be wrong.
Put the time wasters at work. Show up 30 minutes early with whatever book, game, tv show, etc. Do not have it available at home. And to those who are saying that being on time is easy, it is and it isn't. This sounds like it will require a fundamental change more than just giving yourself more time.
It comes down to only doing the stuff you need to do in the mornings before you step outside. This strategy may leave you staying at work after hours to go back to a website or finish reading, but that's a lot better than staying at home to do those things. I may be addressing an issue that is not happening to you, in which case, ignore this.
But this sounds far too similar to what I tend to do. And sticking to the no computer in the mornings rule is harder than it should be for me. Laying clothing out the night before has really really helped me get ready more quickly. Showering before I go to bed has also helped me get ready more quickly. Aiming to get to work 15 minutes early. Thinking of my workplace as an airplane which will leave if I'm not there on time.
Oh, another thing that's really important for me if I need to leave early in the morning: Don't open the computer. As soon as I go online, I can waste many precious minutes without even realizing it.
If I want to get ready in a timely manner, the laptop has to stay closed. BUT I typically can't be late to my job because things can't start without me. My morning routine is shaved to about 5 minutes. The only things I need to do at home are put on clothes and pee. Everything else I can do at work or on the way. I'm now chronically 2 minutes early: I don't think you know what a 40, dollar job should look like. Unless there is evidence you can rise up the ranks quickly. That's what I make.
Work starts at 8: If I arrive early I must clock out early. My office is only physically open from 8am to 6pm. There are no exceptions.
Start time is 8: I'm expected to have my stuff together and interacting by 9. I get an hour lunch. I take them when I want. My job expectations about time are more about fixed funding non profit. It is serious but lax. If I chat to someone at the water cooler for 15 minutes or is Ok as long as I met my deadlines.
If I use my cellphonr in the office is okay as it is not all the time or disruptive. It is a general office job. What you are doing is extreme. Your work is a disservice to its employees you and to your customers.
You can't do your work correctly at that point. There is a reason work days are eight hours long and again it looks like you aren't getting paid for all your work. I make around 19 us an hour. Exactly 40 hours in a week. You are making what? It is less than that unless your commissions are amazing. Especially if your working 25 hours more a week than I am. This job isn't worth it unless you see a very very clear end goal.
Okay - I am one of those punctual early birds for the most part! I agree that you are in a "churn and burn" workplace that lives by exploiting young workers until they leave or burn out. I'm often the first one in the office because I like to take advantage of the morning peace and quiet to start my day. In return, I'm usually one of the first to leave unless it is crunch time - I'm almost always gone before 5. I'd be looking for another job stat if I was expected to come in early AND stay late day after day.
I'm too old for churn-and-burn in any case! I would look for a new job ASAP and make it my first priority to find one, because the pace of your work is not sustainable. You could be having trouble getting going in the morning out of sheer fatigue. I work in a very different field from you and a very different environment. The high-up corporate rule is show up no later than 9, leave no earlier than 5, take a half hour for lunch. In our office, the rule-of-thumb is: Said again for stress: However, if you are failing to do your job, your slack goes away.
If you are consistently late for the meeting, other employees may start to offer to buy you an alarm clock and a manager will ask you if there's something wrong outside work that you need help with or are advised to call in to the meeting. If you cannot do this, managers will conjure a corporate overlord. You really don't want this.
In your case, you have a meeting at butt-early: Plinth and I get up at 5: Sorry, they're allowed to set those rules and if you're in an at-will state, they can boot you any time they think that you're making your problem theirs.
If you want to stay there, take a few minutes tonight to figure out where you can cut time in your morning routine until you can life-hack your sleep pattern back to get up earlier. If you're a coffee person, set up the coffee the night before. Pre-make breakfast and lunch if you bring in lunch , lay out your clothes, etc. And take time to congratulate yourself when you succeed. The deal with this gig is that you MUST be there at 7: BUT, if I thought it was, best believe I'd be there at 7: What do you get out of being 4 minutes late?
There must be something, otherwise you'd be on time. But nearly every day you're late. There's a pay-off there, you just have to figure out what it is.
Do you enjoy making an entrance? Do you like giving the impression that you don't give a fuck? Do you like the attention? Kids like ALL attention, even negative attention. I suspect that a lot of it is that you like being noticed by your boss. If you just showed up and did your work, your boss wouldn't say anything to you.
You'd just be another drone.
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