A good leader/manager simply needs to take the initiative and clearly communicate expectations. If you want my ass in seat at 0600, then say 0600. If you want me to be ass in seat and ready to hit the ground running at XX time, then specify that. Enough with the 15 minutes early crap. The clinic used to tell us to be there 15 minutes prior. The unit then took that 15 minutes and added an additional 15 minutes to it without telling anyone and passed it down on the roster. This continued all the way down to flight level. By the time a troop showed up to the appointment, he was damn near an hour prior to his appointment because a bunch of idiots had to put their grubby little hands in it. All on the notion of the imaginary "15 minute rule".
A 1911 in the hand is better than 911 on the phone.
The venue has something to do with it to. If you work at a customer service counter, you need to be ready to go when the doors open. You have to assume the customers don't have time to waist, and they don't need to sit there while you b.s. with your co-workers, sipping your Starbucks, and updating your Facebook status with crap like, "GAWD! The tards are stating to flood the lobby already. Looks like a great day to go on a shooting rampage!"
If we're lucky enough to work in an office that rarely has customers visit, and not much happens to begin the day, I'd be a little more lenient. With that said, don't come in 15 minutes late unless you're staying 15 minutes late, or trimming 15 minutes off your lunch. I generally don't care if someone leaveas on time, but someone leaving early after coming in late is a little annoying to see.
In my office if you're 15 minutes late you're early!
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