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How Many Times Should You be Able to Be Late for Work without Getting Dismissed?

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Posted by RWM on 2010-10-21 05:07:10

The answer to your question depends on a number of things that aren't specified.

First, what kind of job are we talking about?

Are we talking about a school teacher whose class will be unsupervised until he or she arrives? Or a nurse whose patients will be unattended until he or she arrives, or unless a nurse from the previous shift stays late to cover? Or an assembly line worker whose assembly line can't start until everyone is there?

Or are we talking about a janitor who has a certain number of offices to clean, or a mechanic who has a certain number of cars to repair or service, or a computer programmer who has to write a number of subroutines, but in each case they work more or less independently, so that what really matters is how much time they put in, not which specific hours they work?

Second, how late were they? 2 minutes? 5 minutes? 15 minutes? 30 minutes? An hour?

Third, what was the reason for their lateness? Did they just start late? Or did they have an emergency of some kind? Or was there a traffic tie-up or inclement weather?

Without knowing the answers to these questions, it's impossible to give a meaningful answer to your question.