While paging through the business section of my local newspaper, the Daily Local News, I came across an article by Gretchen Metz on excuses people use for being late for work. Apparently Career Builders does a survey each year. Turns out, tardiness is up this year as 16% of survey respondents reported that they arrive late to work once or more each week. That’s up a percentage point from last year. Career Builders also lists some of the best excuses. My favorite is the employee that said he wasn’t late because he had no intention of showing up to work before 9:00AM, despite the fact that he had an 8:00 AM start time.
How do you handle tardiness Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: Hey, they better be there when I’m there. That’s all there is to it. If they aren’t, they won’t be around for long.
Wanda B. Goode: It’s been a long time since I’ve worked in an environment where time was tracked closely, but that doesn’t mean I’ve never had issues. Typically, I’ve just set primary times of coverage where everyone must be present, allowing people to flex around that. For instance, you might say that everyone must be present between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. That way, there is some flexibility. The morning people can get in early and leave early. The others can get in later and leave later. They all just have to be there between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Most people don’t abuse that privilege. Of course, if they do, it needs to be dealt with quickly. Otherwise it can easily result in morale problems.
Here are a couple of related posts…
One-in-Five Workers Are Late to Work at Least Once a Week, CareerBuilder.com Survey Finds
Why are Your Employees Late for Work?