You must be lost wondering why your employees still come late to work even after several warnings given on this particular issue. Late coming is one problem that both big and small companies share in common. You probably must have employed all punctuality reinforcement techniques you taught wise but they are having little or no effect on the behavior of your employees.
Some employers hide under the cloak of their HR department and purchase the best software that can handle everything from employee time and attendance to employee scheduling. While this is a good setup to have, recommended even, you will never sufficiently solve the problem if you do not seek to uncover why your employees are not coming to work on time. Here are some of the real reasons your employees are always late.
They lack passion for their job
A friend of mine was an inventory manager in a warehouse. He was almost always late to work despite all the resolutions he made. He could never really fulfil the responsibilities of the post he held, always finding one excuse after another for his inability to be punctual. Unsurprisingly, he was eventually let go.
A few months on, he got another job, and this time he was head over heels in excitement about what he was doing. He was working as a tutor. I guess he derived joy in experiencing the transference of knowledge, in seeing the comprehension in a student’s eyes as he taught. With this job, he needed no encouragement to be at work early; his passion for tutoring alone was enough motivation. When an employee consistently comes late, check his/her level of passion for the job assigned to him/her. You will often find that they are not in love with it. Thankfully, the solution often lies in a reassignment of responsibilities.
They are simply lazy
Laziness is one of the greatest reasons employees come to work late but even those who are showing obvious signs of workplace lethargy will most likely deny them out rightly. They will always try to cover up for their laziness by giving any and every excuse ranging from traffic congestion to power outages to illness.
They display slothfulness even in their dream jobs, slow down teamwork and do not make good team members. Nobody intentionally employs a lazy person but when you see that they are beyond motivation after you have made all reasonable efforts to inspire them, the best thing to do is to lay him/her off.
You employed this person to fill a void, and when this void is not being filled, you are leaking resources – money and time – from multiple faucets. This is not something any employer should tolerate beyond reason.
They do not feel appreciated or valued
When employees do not feel recognized or appreciated, they have a tendency to switch off. This turn off is generally worse if the employee in question belongs to your creative department and is one of the key contributors or exceptional performers in your company.
If he feels undervalued and underappreciated at your company, has repeatedly expressed his concerns that always fall on deaf ears, do not be surprised when he submits letter of resignation. The most important investment is in human talent so learn to appreciate your workers and give them a sense of belonging. Treat them well and pay them well too. If they feel like they contribute substantially to the growth and direction of the company, they will always be up and doing and that includes coming to work on time.
Their job is not challenging
Being an employer, I have met many types of employees. Besides the lazy and uninspired, we have the hard workers and the challengers. The difference between the hardworking employee and the challenger is that a hardworking employee is content to carry out a routine task perfectly.
However, challengers are always on the lookout for a better alternative to solve the same problem. When a job does not stimulate their creative process, they can get bored. They go to work, excited at the prospect of the challenges that the day will offer with the intention of taking them head on.
If you have such people in your company, they are most likely a good fit for your creative department, marketing and sales department or any other department unique to your industry that engages the mind in new ways frequently.
Lack of downtime
Downtime is one way a worker gets rid of fatigue – whether mental or physical. The human body and mind need rest. If you run your employees like a factory machine all year long without a break, it will ultimately begin to affect your business’s productivity, as employees will likely begin to break down, suffer from burnout and – you guessed right – begin to miss work.
Occasional downtime is a necessary evil (to the workaholic business owners) that should be the right of every employee if want them to keep firing on all cylinders. Research has shown that workers who are granted leave tend to be more effective than does who work the entire calendar year.
Give your staff leave when it is necessary and let them go during the holidays as well to recharge and be with their families. Your business will be the better off for it.