After reading jcwren
's post on What do you wear to work?
, I thought I might ask a related question that has been a constant problem for me: What time do you think geeks should have to get to work?
Personally, I think the only reason that a programmer (or sysadmin, or whatever) should have to get to work early in the morning is if they have to interact with other people (something that, if they are expected to get something done as far as computers are concerned, should be minimal). So, if they have a meeting with a client or their manager wants to see them, or maybe there's a project they're working on that involves constantly keeping in contact with other people, then perhaps it might be logical to be in the office at 9:00am. But why else?
In a typical office, there are lots of people milling around, asking questions, playing music, delivering mail and generally creating an un-zen like atmosphere. After 6 o'clock when everyone leaves, the internet connection is faster and you don't have to wait for the coffee machine and there's noone who wants "just a quick question" with you. It's quieter. You're more relaxed because you started the day how you wanted to. You get more done. All those little requests that you would normally have been asked throughout the day can be finished in one nice easy chunk, so you're free to get on with the more interesting and time consuming things.
What do others think? Are there any managers out there that think I'm totally wrong?