Did you know that some studies show that being late for work is the top pet peeve of Americans?
Chronically late employees can put a serious dent in your business. Employees being on time helps create a productive and safe workplace it reduces stress on employers and coworkers.
You might be wondering what you can do about it. First, you should do is make sure that they aren’t going through any serious medical condition. Once you rule it out, you can take to steps to solve chronic tardiness.
Keep reading this guide on managing employees that are chronically late.
Talk to the Employee
Talk to the tardy employees individually to find out the reasons why they are late. There could be personal issues that they are dealing with that you are unaware of.
Know the Reason
One of the reasons for being late is that the person may not have adequate time-management skills. Another reason for being late is that the person may be resistant to change and stuck in their ways. One way of managing employees is to have a conversation with them to try and understand the reason behind their tardiness.
Once the reason is identified, you can work with the late employees to come up with a solution.
Provide a Solution
Provide the solution for the reason that they don’t have adequate time-management skills, you can provide them with resources or training on how to better manage their time. If the reason is that they are resistant to change, you can try to help them see the benefits of changing their ways.
Whatever the reason may be, it’s important to try and find a solution that works for both the late employees and the company. Tardiness can lead to lost productivity and can be frustrating for other employees.
By taking the time to manage the situation, you can help improve the overall efficiency of your team.
Set a System
Set a system where employees have to clock in and out. This will allow you to keep track of their arrival and departure times. You may want to read this resource to know why it’s essential for employees to have a system.
If an employee is late, make them aware of it. You can do this in a private meeting or through a memo. Make it clear that being late is not tolerated and that there will be consequences if it continues. These consequences could include a warning, write-up, or even termination.
Take Action in Managing Employees
Finally, It’s important to take action. Talk to them about the issue and try to determine the root cause. If the problem persists, you may need to take disciplinary action.
Whatever you do, make sure you’re consistent and fair in managing employees. Do not let some employees get away with being late while you punish others. This will only create resentment among your workforce.
If you want to get more useful advice on solving management problems and other insights, check out other content on our blog.