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Overslept, Lost Job?

Joan Jerkovich - December 13, 2013 7:00 am

I like to sleep, but the other day I slept until 11am and missed work! This was my final notice. I blame late night TV watching. How can I kick the TV habit at night?

If you’ve been fired for being late to work too many times, this is a problem for you. The cure to most bad habits can be to suffer consequences that hurt enough to motivate you to stop, and losing your job is a pretty big consequence! As an employer, I thank our grade schools and high schools for setting consequences for tardiness. This makes me wonder how old you are? If you are young, we can say that you are still learning about life. If you are an adult, there must be something more going on that you would be so irresponsible to get fired for repeated tardiness.  Take some time to think through why you don’t prioritize getting to work on time.  Do you hate your job? Are you chronically late for everything? Has being late become a habit for you?

A responsible adult knows that they either have to turn off the late night TV and get some sleep; or they will go to work tired and gut it out until their shift is over (assuming you can perform sufficiently and safely at work while tired). Turning the TV off is as simple as setting an intention or goal for yourself to be in bed by a reasonable time.  Sleep habits can be trained, meaning, you can train yourself to go to bed and get up at a certain time. It just takes awareness and effort.  You overslept? Again, a responsible adult knows to set their alarm (set 3 if you need to) and get their butt out of bed and off to work! Barring a crippling mental or physical health problem, you don’t get a free pass from this Life Coach on this one!

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  • Why do you think you don’t prioritize getting to work on time?
  • What can you do to address the deep-seated issues that dictate your behavior in this area?
  • What small behavior changes can you make to change your attitude and habits?


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Leslie Jones

December 15, 2013 at 12:35 am

She asked for help kicking the habit, not to be lectured on being irresponsible. There might be something going on in her life that is keeping her awake at night. I realize you don’t have a lot of information to go on, but this was way too harsh for a life coach! I agree with what you said, but I honestly don’t think she would have put herself out there publically. She wasn’t asking for a free pass, or “It’s okay, I feel for you.”
On the other hand, maybe it is complete irresponsibility. I really think her question deserves some follow up responsible questions by you.

Vaughn Griggs

December 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Blood pressure meds will do that. So will a drinking problem or a narrissist boss with a drinking problem. Area factories are shutting off the heat in order to save money. Fewer people are doing the same amount of work. 12 hour days are now the norm and I have been unemployed for three years now mostly because of my meds and a foot injury from work. Yes, I was wearing steel toe boots but it missed the steel.

Joan Jerkovich

December 16, 2013 at 10:54 am

@Leslie Jones, Thanks for your comment! I will admit to being personally biased about people not showing up for work on time…it’s a problem for managers and co-workers alike. Thanks for understanding that it is difficult to answer questions with so little information. Do you have some ideas for kicking the habit? Please share them, I’m sure the questioner would appreciate hearing from you!

Joan Jerkovich

December 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

@Vaughn Griggs, Thanks for calling out bad bosses and poor working conditions. I recently saw the movie “Inequality for All” at the Salina Art Center that spoke to the declining state of workers in America. It was very thought provoking and, in my opinion, would be good for all employers to watch. Thanks for your comment! http://www.salinaartcenter.org/cinema/view/inequality_for_all/

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