Attendance policies vary greatly from one company to the next. Some are strict, some are lenient and, within some companies, attendance policies are altogether non-existent. The need for a strict attendance policy depends on the nature of the business, on the position of the employee, and on the shift during business hours. There is no one size fits all attendance policy. That being said, it’s nice to know what types of policies are out there and how lenient or strict other companies are. The following are some of the policies I’ve heard of and how some companies go about disciplining their employees for attendance problems.
Missing timecards and incomplete timesheets are one of the biggest employee management hassles. Employees have to be paid for time they work, regardless of inadequate record keeping, and so, if timesheets are not turned in, 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 you’re a manager trying to reduce your wasted time, be proactive and offer your employees some of the following helpful tips.
The excuses employees give for being late to work can be a little tough to read sometimes, especially from those that give them often. Hearing them again and again can get tiresome too, but you should treat each case individually and with care, nevertheless. Life happens and sometimes that translates to missing work.
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.
We hear a lot about employee absenteeism. It can have a really negative impact on a business. Stores don’t open on time, customers don’t get the help they need, and since other employees have to bear the weight of it even their productivity suffers.
Absenteeism is definitely bad for business but so is prematurism (what would you call that anyway?), or in other words, early clock-in.
In general, employers cannot deduct pay from an exempt employee’s paycheck. The amount of money an exempt employee makes is not based on the number of hours she does or doesn’t work.
An exempt employee must receive the full salary for any workweek in which the employee performs any work, regardless of the number of days or hours worked. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however.
Occasionally, life comes between an employee and their arrival at the office. Employees have families, rough days, breakfast spilled on clean clothes, and a hundred other things which might go wrong on the way to work.
It’s easy to be understanding with employees who are occasionally late but what do you do about the ones who are late all the time?
Without a doubt, the recession takes its toll on businesses but there are benefits that employers glean from the sliding economy and high unemployment rates – employees move around less and obey the rules more.
As with any new routine, employees may find it difficult to remember to clock in and out. They may even rebel against it for a while. Thankfully, time will usually solve the problem but here are some tips to facilitate this process.