About Swiss Punctuality- and why it matters
First of all I’m really Swiss, 2nd of all punctuality is important to me. At least for business matters. In private it’s not always working out since I’m married to an Italo-Canadian, and Italians are commonly known to always be a bit late . So in our house it’s usually me who waits on my husband, not the other way around.
Now, my non-Swiss friends like to make fun of the whole ‘Swiss efficiency’ thing and that’s ok, I don’t mind, but let me tell you why I think Swiss timing matters in business.
By being punctual
- I show that I value the time of others
- I prove that I’m disciplined
- I demonstrate that I’m not stressed, organized & ready for them
- I show that I have integrity & keep my promises
How do you feel if you’ve agreed to meet a prospect & he shows up 30 minutes late? Not exactly happy, right? You feel like he didn’t value your time, didn’t consider you that important to make an effort to show up on time.
Whether it is in business or even in personal life, people don’t like to be ‘stood up’. I don’t do it to others & I really don’t appreciate it if people do it to me.
If punctuality is an issue for you, why not try some of these tips below:
- Get more time-aware. If you don’t like to wear a watch, use your cell phone or a pocket watch.
- Book in ‘traffic jam’ time. If you count the time it takes to travel from A to B on a Saturday, but your appointment is on Monday, 8am, you will never make it there on time
- Don’t underestimate ‘finding parking’ time. Add at least 10 minutes to each trip by car to find parking and then walk from the parking to the meeting place.
- Don’t overbook. If you book appointments back to back you will always be late (typical doctor’s office example)
- Set up alerts on your cell phone to remind you when you need to leave, not just 10 minutes before the appointment
- Are you a woman? Count in an additional ‘getting dressed up’ time
- In case you’re late after all, inform & apologize
I’m curious: am I exaggerating the whole ‘being on time’ thing? Or is it not just me? Do you think it’s important too? Please share in the comments below!