Phone and Video Call Business Etiquette
Business Etiquette Mistake #16: Being Late
Always give yourself enough time to ensure you won’t be late.
William Shakespeare wrote in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor,’ “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”
So, always be on time — or early.
This is just common courtesy,
But, as simple as this sounds, it’s amazing how often people don’t do it.
Being late isn’t just an inconvenience to the other person, it’s incredibly disrespectful.
Because it tells them that you value your time more than you value theirs.
So, you should always give yourself enough time to ensure you won’t be late — even if your meeting runs over, or you can’t find your destination, or you hit traffic, or…
Plan for any unforeseen circumstances to arise.
You’ll be early, and you can catch up on some emails on your phone.
That being said, if you are late, make sure you give other people as much advance notice as possible so they can make the best of the situation.
As soon as you know you are going to be late, call or text ahead to let them know.
It’s like the saying goes, “5 minutes early is on time. On time is late. Late is unacceptable.”