I was watching Fox News yesterday and a segment came on where a group of individuals were angry that Walmart had put unfair restrictions on employees. As an employer myself I was interested to see what these restrictions were and how they compared with what I ask of team members at Bluehost. What I saw astounded me! This group of individuals were complaining that Walmart required them to be no more than 10 minutes late for work. After being late three times they could receive a demerit, and if other performance wasn’t up to par they possilbly could be let go. They were also allowed six instances where they simply didn’t have to show up to work with no communication to the company. SIX!!!
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! This group was actually complaining about Walmart asking them to be on time and show up for work. What is our world coming to? If you agree to do something then you DO IT! If you say you will be at work at 8am then be there at 8 am. Don’t be there at 8:10. I can tell the great employees by the ones how show up on time and leave when they are supposed to. We have many employees ourself who are consistently 5 minutes late and consistently leave 3-4 minutes early. I never say anything to these people, but they are the ones who will be bypassed for advancement time and again and wonder why. The few minutes isn’t what matters. It is an outward sign of an inward noncommitment to the company.
Commitment and responsibility are the keys here with anything you do. Our society teaches that commitment is something to be wiggled out of and fought against. I wish it was the other way around, but clearly for many people it isn’t.
Matt Heaton / President Bluehost.com