There are benefits to getting to work early. You might get more done, you get a little quiet time in the office before everyone starts to arrive, and it can make you look good. But not all hard work gets rewarded. There’s a crucial difference between being punctual and being chronically early.
Some managers might appreciate your eagerness, but overall you’ll likely end up alienating people. If you’ve ever been told by a manager that you work too hard, or that you shouldn’t be so serious, it’s time to dial it back. Managers might be put off by a “thirsty” employee, and you also risk losing the respect of your peers. If it looks like you’re one-upping everyone in the office, nobody is going to like you. Also, if you’re constantly in the office before everyone else, people will begin to wonder what else you’ll do for the company. Will you get their coffee? Pick up their slack? Being chronically early can make you look like a pushover. Finally, you’re setting yourself up to be taken for granted. If you get a flat tire on the way to work, everyone will be annoyed that you’re late. You’re setting an unnecessarily high standard for yourself. If you really must be around the office early every day, take that time to go for a walk or grab some coffee instead.
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