Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been in and out of the faculty break rooms at work and, though I rarely eat there (mainly because I prefer to be in the gym during lunch and eat at my desk afterward), the times that I do stumble in to fill up my water bottle, I hear employees talking about other employees. And, as we all know, folks are much more likely to speak of the bad than the good. “He is always late.” “Can you believe she wore that?” “That is NOT in my job description.”
I say that to say this: be mindful of how you are perceived. You can never please everyone but what you can do is be aware of what you are doing and how it can be taken by the parties who view it. Whereas your boss may never be at work on time (because maybe she doesn’t have to be), your coworkers who are likely notice that you aren’t. And, if you are the person who just can’t be early (an excuse to me but whatever, some people say it with a straight face), you need to be the person who either skips lunch or stays late.
Like I said, people notice. If you don’t put your best foot forward, you will be the one people are talking about in the break room. And it won’t be long until that discussion finds its way to the ears of upper management. Then what?