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.
Contributed by Lisa Michaels
Giving employees the freedom to telecommute is a growing trend that helps employers recruit and retain top talent. The convenience and comfort is appealing to employees, and it may even reduce expenses for employers.
But you can’t just send remote workers to the wolves. A company needs a defined policy to make it work.
When an employer drafts a time off policy, they have several choices to make: How much time off to give each year, which accrual rate to use, whether to implement a probationary period, and whether to use an accruals cap. When deciding on an accruals cap, some employers choose to clear all of their employee’s time off at the end of the year, rather than just putting a limit on the amount of time employees can earn. Employers don’t always realize it but this type of policy can cause conflicts in work flow and employee engagement.
Whether your paid time off plan is complex or pretty basic, you should take the time to lay out the details and create a policy. Besides the amount of time and the rate at which that time accrues, there are other important considerations to consider. For example, a policy helps companies cover their bases legally. It also helps prevent misunderstandings.
With that kind of rapid growth I think it’s pretty obvious that people aren’t just playing Pokemon Go on weekends and after work. The unprecedented popularity of Pokemon Go could not have grown so quickly if everyone, responsibly, put down their phones for 8 or 9 hours each day. Nope. The fact is, people are playing the game when they’re supposed to be working.
Most companies offer sick leave to full time employees, since nearly 80% of full-timers get some sort of sick benefit. If your company doesn’t, there are a few reasons you might want to consider writing up a sick time policy for your salaried employees.
First, it makes it easier to deal with the legalities of exempt employee salary deductions. Second, the office is just healthier when sick people don’t come into the office and infect everybody else. It may seem counter intuitive, but paying an employee to stay home when they’re sick benefits your employees and your company a great deal.