The excuses employees give when they’re late or don’t show up for work can be a little hard to believe sometimes. Hearing them again and again can be tiresome too. Nevertheless, you should treat each case individually and with care because sometimes absences happen for good reason. Create an attendance policy that deals with tardies, excessive absences, and the dreaded no call no show.
Attendance policies vary from one company to the next. Some are strict, some are lenient and, some are non-existent. But no matter which kind of attendance policy you have (or don’t have), employee attendance is important because you can’t run a business without people.
The need for a strict attendance policy depends on the nature of the business, the employee’s position, and on their shift. There is no one size fits all attendance policy and so businesses should take the time to familiarize themselves with the options. The following are some different types of policies as well as how some companies go about disciplining their employees for attendance problems.
Missing timecards and incomplete timesheets are some of the biggest employee management hassles. Employers must pay employees for time they work regardless of whether they remember to clock in. For this reason, if employees don’t turn in timesheets, someone has to go chasing after them. This can take up ridiculous amounts of time depending on the size and dispersion of a team. If your employees forget to clock in, or if they forget anything, offer them the following helpful tips.
It can be really unnerving when exempt employees, who are paid a set salary, are chronically late. The employee could be 15 minutes late each day for a week and their paycheck would be the same. Unless the employee is able to make up for the lost time at the end of the day by staying late, that’s just not fair.
The level of importance we attach to time is different for all of us. For many people, time is an unnatural constraint society has imposed upon us. To others, time is the very fabric into which our world is sewn. But unless you’re a vagabond, you don’t really have a choice but to live by it to some degree.
Starting new habits is hard. When our sales and customer service teams began using chat, they had to remember to open the application each day when work began. It’s such a simple task but since it wasn’t part of the daily routine, it’s tough to remember. While we struggled to make this a habit, I jotted down some of our tricks to deal with forgetfulness.