[Curse of the alarm clock] – urbanphotographer on Flickr – 29th April ’06
Alan was telling me about punctuality being a problem in our basketball team the other night, to the point when almost everyone was late for the latest training session. Me being the usual forthright and blunt individual that I was, told him to voice it out to them strongly about being on time. He didn’t really agree on that, as he thought that:
- the training was voluntary.
- we were all friends, there was no need to raise hell over this.
He was right of course. Then again, since it was affecting training so badly, something had to be done didn’t it? IMO punctuality was something that everyone should keep to, especially in activities when your lateness could affect other people e.g. outings, training sessions. If something was to go smoothly, there had to be a baseline where everyone kept to. Wasn’t it so?
If being late meant that everyone would end up waiting for you, wouldn’t you feel in the least guilty about it? Especially if you were late simply because you liked to laze in bed and couldn’t be bothered.
Call me extreme, judgemental, self-righteous or whatever it is, but I still think people who take punctuality for granted have serious issues. If you can turn up on time for work and be constantly late for your social life for no good reason other than laziness, it means that you’re taking everyone around you for granted, isn’t it?
(Seriously speaking, I’d rather be announce that I’d be absent than be late; that way I wouldn’t be wasting anyone’s time.)
Anyway, I suggested that the training time be shifted to a later time as a solution. Alan was more on getting an external coach to cow them into coming on time heh. We’ll see how things go.
*Found out later that YL wrote a post on the same thing heh.
Alan brought up this thing about fundamental attribution error as well during the talk, which I thought was pretty interesting.
From the Wikipedia link:
“Based on an earlier theory developed by Edward E. Jones and Keith Davis, Jones and Harris hypothesized that when people saw others behave according to free will, they would attribute the behavior to disposition. When they could tell that others behaved according to the circumstances of chance, however, observers would attribute the behavior to the situation.”
“One theoretical view holds that the error results largely from perspective. When we observe other people, the person is the primary reference point. When we observe ourselves, we are more aware of the forces acting upon us. So, attributions for othersâ€™ behavior are more likely to focus on the person we see, not the situational forces acting upon that person that we may not be aware of.”
If we took the context of the punctuality issue, this would be in play if all of the latecomers all had equally valid reasons and were not late due to sheer unwillingness to get up from their beds.
I highly doubt this though.