What happened to being punctual?
No one cares about being on time anymore!
People show up at meetings, whether business or social, 5, 10 minutes late and it is completely accepted.
When did this become OK?
I remember when on time meant 5 minutes before the start time, now it seems to be OK if you show up 15 minutes or later after something has started as long as you interrupt everyone with the obligatory “sorry I’m late”.
Why is this?
I think if someone is not there at the start of the event, they should not be allowed to attend.
Heavy traffic? You should have left earlier.
Other meeting ran long? Maybe it wouldn’t have had everyone showed up on time to that one.
All it says if you are late to a meeting is that you do not value that persons time.
Unless something completely random happens (which is not often) you should be on time.
Give yourself an extra 15 minutes and bring a book, or work to do, worst case scenario you have carved out extra time to enjoy a good book or read that report you have been meaning to read but can’t because of all the damn meetings you have to attend.