How to Arrive Early at Work and Why It Matters

If you’re like most people, you’re probably not a morning person. But if you want to be successful at work, it’s important to learn how to arrive early and make the most of those early hours.

So how can you make sure you arrive early at work?

Start by setting your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than usual. Then, use that extra time to do something productive, like reading or getting organized for the day ahead. With a little practice, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to become an early riser – and how much it can benefit your career!

There are plenty of benefits to arriving early at work. For one, you’ll have time to get settled in and start your day on the right foot. You won’t be rushed or frazzled from trying to squeeze in everything before the start of the workday.

Plus, arriving early shows your boss and coworkers that you’re reliable and dedicated to your job. It sets the tone for the rest of the day and shows that you’re willing to go the extra mile.

Why it is important to come early at work

Being early to work is important because it shows dedication and willingness to sacrifice your career for the benefit of the company. Your superiors will notice you are driven and a hard worker, which can only be a benefit to you as you move on to other projects. Being on time can also be a good thing for your career. Your boss will appreciate your enthusiasm and you’ll leave a positive impression.

Arrive 10 minutes early at work

It’s a good rule of thumb to arrive at least 10 minutes early for your scheduled start time. This allows the team to prepare your paperwork and desk, plus it shows you are punctual. Arriving early also gives you a chance to review any last-minute instructions or changes with your team before starting the workday.

Don’t make others feel pressured

There are a few things to consider when deciding whether or not to go in early for work. First, it’s important to be a good team member and build a sense of community. However, if others feel pressured to work harder than they should, it will lead to a negative effect. A second danger is that your manager may consider you an employee if the time you are consistently on-time exceeds 15-30 minutes.

Can an employer require you to come in early?

An employer can require you to come in early. However, they must compensate you for your work time. There is no law that regulates when employers are allowed to change your schedule.

Try to be early on you first day

You should try to arrive at work at least 10 minutes early on your first day. This will give you time to explore the office, familiarize yourself with the surroundings, and establish a sense of comfort in your new workplace. Arriving early will also allow you to get settled in and be ready to work when your shift begins.


It is better to start your day early than to stay late. However, there are times when being late can be extremely beneficial to your career. However, you should not arrive at work early and then stay up late every single day if your goal is to have a balanced work-life.

About the Author
Hi there, I'm James, founder of Melbado. I have over 20 years of experience as a leader and entrepreneur. Recently, I turned to leadership coaching and writing to pass on my knowledge to the next generation. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me via our contact page.


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