“I hate tardiness,” he said at the staff meeting. “The workday starts at 8:30 and I expect you to be at your desks working at 8:30. That doesn’t mean sipping coffee, munching on a Danish, and gossiping with your neighbors. It doesn’t mean waiting for your computer to boot up. It means working.”
Stan relied on public transportation to get to the office each day and, as anyone who has had to commute to work by bus or train knows, public transit doesn’t always run on time.
Stan raised his hand. “Boss,” he said, “Isn’t getting our work assignments completed on time and in a quality manner more important than being seated at our desks precisely at 8:30?”
“No, it is not!” roared back the manager. “Being tardy for work demonstrates a lack of responsibility. If you can’t make the effort to get to work on time, how can I expect you to be able to get your work product completed on time?”
“That’s ridiculous,” Stan objected. “There’s no direct correlation between being on time for work and doing one’s job.”
“There is as long as I’m your boss!”
“But many of us use public transit to get to work,” Stan said. “We can’t control if the buses are running late.”
“Leave for work earlier,” the boss responded, “or drive to work.”
“That’s nuts. With what this company pays us, we can’t all afford to buy a car just to have it sit in the parking lot all day long.”
“That’s your problem, not mine. Don’t be tardy.”
“I won’t be late again. I quit,” Stan announced, and stormed out of the room.
“See,” the boss said to those remaining in the room. “There is a direct correlation between being tardy and being able to do your job.”
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “tardy,” which I believe was posted a bit tardy today.