Many employers are focusing heavily on “results oriented work environments” (buzz word ROWE), where flexibility becomes key to productivity. In the light of these types of programs, individuals are asking the question, “Does it matter when you do your work as long as you do it and do it well?” For some, the answer is no. Work at 7pm is the same as work at 7am. But what consequences does that type of schedule pose for your advancement?
Arriving late at the office, no matter your work environment can affect the respect you garner with colleagues and supervisors, even if you do twice the work. Coming in at 10am implies sleeping in, even though you might be entirely productive during those first few hours of the day at home instead of at work. A huge part of being a “good employee” is just showing up. And even if you’re not required to come in at 8am or 9am, follow the lead of those who are one to two levels above you. If they come in at 8am, you should too, no matter the environment or atmosphere.
Show those in your office that you want to be the best, not just the best work, but the best employee. The one who shows up, the one who’s visibly committed to the company. So my advice, get in early. Get the worm.