3 Tips for Improving Staff Punctuality

Staff punctuality is a critical component of a successful business. This is because managers need to rely on staff members to be at work on time. If managers cannot rely on staff members to be on time, then they cannot know for sure that certain work responsibilities will be taken care of.

Consistently tardy employees can have a strong negative impact a business. Because of this, it is a good idea to know how to improve staff punctuality. Here are some great tips for improving staff punctuality at work.

1. Reward punctual employees

This can be done with a bonus, with a small amount of paid time off, with compliments, or however else you would like to do it. But, by rewarding your most punctual employees, you send a message to everyone that punctuality is both valued and can result in gifts from the company. This can really help to incentivize good punctuality in the workplace.

2. Punish employees who are not punctual

Just as rewarding punctual employees sends a message, so too does punishing employees who are frequently late. You can punish late employees with a financial penalty, such as a small pay deduction for the day, the cancellation of a scheduled bonus, or having them work extra time after their shift to make up for the lost time.

If an employee is consistently tardy, then you can give him or her a written warning that he or she will be fired if the behavior continues. Finally, you can fire the employee if he or she is late one more time after the warning. Firing an employee for consistent tardiness also sends a strong message to the rest of the staff.

3. Try to get to the bottom of the situation

If an employee is consistently tardy, then try sitting down with him or her one-on-one and ask him or her why he or she is late so frequently. Perhaps there is more to the situation than you realize. For example, the employee may be late because he or she has to ride a bike three miles, then get on a bus, and then ride his bike another three miles just to get to work every work day.

In such a situation, perhaps you can find a solution by seeing if another employee would be willing to carpool with the employee who is struggling to get to work on time. This alone could solve the entire problem.

Punctuality at work is key for running a good operation. Following all of these tips can help to ensure that your staff shows good punctuality in the workplace.

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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