By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy
Being late to a business meeting is wrong for several reasons. One is that being late shows that you have little or no regard for some else's time, or your own for that matter. It demonstrates that you are disorganised and cannot stick to a plan, neither quality suited to a position of responsibility.
by Prunella de Pedant
Modern times can be most hurried and busy, busy, busy. However, the importance of punctuality should never be underestimated - showing up on time to an appointment (social or business) is the mark of a truly well-mannered gentlewoman or gentleman.
It wasn't too long ago that we set a date, time and place for a rendez-vous. No possibility of telephoning from one's mobile handset, sending a text communique, or reaching the other person(s) with one's internet cannon device. Yes, we were expected to show up - on time.
Yet, it seems that even with the increasing number of newfangled gadgetry that tardiness has become one of the worst diseases of our times. Tsk tsk.