Getting Your Employees to Work on Time

A problem commonly faced by businesses of all sizes is getting employees to show up on time. No matter how well the employee does their job, they are useless if they are not present at the workplace. Fortunately, there are ways to motivate workers to come to work on time without having to lower morale by disciplining your employees. Here’s how:

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Analyze the Problem

The first thing you need to do as a business owner is get a grip on the magnitude of your worker tardiness problem. That means having accurate records of when your employees are coming in to work. Ideally, those records are available from a modern time clock system that easily makes available that information to you. If you don’t have such a system, consider investing in one. You can check out the range of systems available at sites such as Allied Time.

Discuss the Problem

Once you have a statistical portrait of the tardiness problem, invite your employees to a mandatory meeting at which you can show them the statistics and explain the need for improvement. Clearly express that employees are expected to show up at a certain time and that repeated tardiness is unacceptable.

Get Feedback

Once you have made your expectations clear, ask the employees themselves for feedback on how tardiness might be reduced. This shifts the focus off of you and your displeasure and allows the employees themselves to become the problem solvers. This gives them a sense of having shared in the solution rather than having one imposed upon them from above, which can create self-defeating resentment.

Follow Up

In the days and weeks immediately following the employee meeting, keep on top of the situation. When someone is late, urge them in a firm but polite way to please try to come in on time. Give positive reinforcement to those who are arriving on time by thanking them for their effort to be prompt.

The Last Resort

Sadly, there may be occasions when you might have to let an employee go if they seem incapable of coming to work on time. However, that should always be a last resort. If you do as suggested above to motivate your employees to be more prompt, it should be rare for you to have to lose a good employee for chronic lateness.