The Effect Of Lateness On The Team

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Most places that I have worked have set schedules for the times that employees are expected to arrive and leave for the day. In fact, the only jobs that did not have a set schedule involved those that did not deal directly with clients in some capacity. However, even with these positions, there were certain expectations in regard to the time you spent at the office.

Early in my career, I began working in a fruit and veg store as I was working my way through college. Planning is crucial when it comes to successfully running these establishments. Our store was a busy one and therefore we needed employees who were punctual.

When one employee finished a shift, another was scheduled to replace them. When they were tardy, this hindered the entire process of allowing employees to have a break or leave for the day.

Fortunately, the company had a strict guideline to help work with employees who were prone to tardiness. By clearly stating the expectations for timekeeping, the company was able to be consistent in its application of disciplinary action.

If an employee was late, they would first be reprimanded by the manager. If the tardiness continued, punishment would continue through a set of written warnings and finally termination.

This method was extremely effective and even though most employees were young and inexperienced in the work force, most issues were handled in a timely manner and there were very few employees who were terminated due to tardiness.

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