Is it just me or are we getting a bit sloppy with our business attitudes?
Today I attended a workshop at a client where the “Boss” opened up proceedings with a presentation starting at 9am. People where still arriving at 9:15am! One person turned up with a take away coffee!!
This got me thinking? Is your morning coffee more important than your boss?? For me the answer is no.
I can’t believe how rude it is for people to be late for meetings, let alone to be late and turn up with a coffee, which clearly shows that your coffee is more important than your boss! How rude.
Is this a sign of a way to relaxed attitude to your work? Or is it endemic of the casual Friday attitude? (this happened on a Friday)
Do you think I am being old fashioned? I don’t think so as business etiquette in my opinion is still very important and should not be underestimated. Lets just remind ourselves that the etiquette of business is the set of written and unwritten rules of conduct that make social interactions run more smoothly.
The instant gratification / social media / smartphone generation seems to be breaking down standard business norms in my opinion.
Can I suggest that if you need a coffee before your 9am meeting then plan to get it well before the meeting, be on time and show some consideration to your boss. Being constantly late is not good for your ongoing career, trust me, this kind of behaviour is noted and is career limiting!