Punctuality is polite!
Punctuality refers to a person's ability to accurately meet an appointment or appointment. In our culture, punctuality is also associated with reliability and politeness.
If a certain tolerance limit is exceeded in the case of a delay, we feel that people are disrespectful and are offended because we have so little value. One gets the feeling for the other not important enough.
Why do we get annoyed about punctuality
In professional life, people have to plan their time very precisely and delays and waiting times bring a succession into the day. To prevent this, punctuality is expected and appreciated by everyone involved.
Imagine the daily situation in public transport: here people naturally expect "punctuality" and are quickly upset and angry if this is not the case.
What exactly does it mean to be punctual?
Of all the people involved in the company, we expect punctuality and that means 5 to 10 minutes before the start. Whether in a professional life or at a celebration - no one should appear hushed and out of breath at the appointment.
Being there 5 to 10 minutes before the start gives you the opportunity to calmly prepare for the person, the conversation and the situation. You can freshen up, wash your hands and maybe even take a look in the mirror to see if everything is alright.
Time for invitations
When you receive an invitation in the official life, there are two types of time:
- "18.00 clock ct" means cum tempore (with time) and the guest can arrive until 18.15 clock. In colloquial language one also says the "academic quarter".
- Or "18.00 clock st" means sine tempore (without time) and thus the event starts punctually at 18 clock.
Over-punctual - is this a good thing?
If you're invited to a private party, you should not be there half an hour early. In private life, you arrive on time at the specified time. Not punctual - absolutely avoid
It shows disinterest in the person I let wait. Most people do not like to wait. In this case, be sure to use your smartphone to write a short message that you will be late. Unpampered tardiness in times of smartphone and co is an absolute no-go.
In which situations do you really have to be very punctual?
- When invited to eat
- At cultural events - theater, concert, opera, cinema.
- At the start of the work, this applies to young people and adults
- For fixed appointments like sports, music, etc.
Punctuality in other cultures
If you have to deal with people from other cultures, you have to be aware that dealing with time is very different.
Absolute punctuality is expected from people from the German-speaking world, even if your hosts are late.
Before you travel abroad or expect foreign guests, familiarize yourself with the customs and customs of these cultures.
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