Lateness in meetings can affect colleague performance, claims survey

Over half of employees admit they fail to attend meetings and other work events on time at least once a week.

That’s according to a survey of 1,000 workers by Heathrow Express, cited by, which also suggests that a quarter of workers (23 per cent) perform badly in meetings after arriving late. In addition, 48 per cent said this adversely affected the performance of their colleagues.

As a result, if employees turn up to meeting venues late, it could have a negative affect on the performance of themselves and their colleagues.

Overall, the study found that an average of 590,000 workers in the UK show up late every day, with many workers losing an average of 97 minutes per month. Consequently, employers are losing £305 per head every year.

Behavioural psychologist Dr Cecila d’Felice spoke to Press Association regarding the figures: “The cost of lateness to the economy is enormous, but potentially even more serious is the detrimental impact it can have on workplace performance, team morale and productivity.

“Encouragingly, no one likes being late as it makes them feel guilty, but this feeling can have a negative impact on workplace performance in the longer term. The fact that people admit their own lateness affects the performance of those around them is of concern as the example they set to other members of staff around them is critical,” she added.