Mark Hammer

I don’t know about where you work, but where I work, there are people who are often late for meetings because they are double-booked and have had a devil of a time extricating themselves from another meeting. Their choice was between waiting a few more weeks until everyone could find a slot, or they could agree to meet while the subject matter was fresh and scoot from one meeting to another. I don’t like it, but neither do I begrudge them that particular burden they face, and neither would I assume that MY meeting is more important than everyone else’s.

If you know for certain that the tardy persons have no obstacles preventing promptness, that’s one thing, but people can have legitimate reasons to arrive late and leave early.