How to handle lateness…

It’s going to happen a few times in your working career… Your alarm didn’t go off, the train was late or cancelled, you couldn’t find your keys and I’m sure there are plenty of other factors all ending the same way… being late for work and most probably very stressed about it!

Most of these things are usually out of our control but what happens when an employee’s lateness becomes a habit? Here a few tips on how to handle them.

  1. If an employee is persistently late, it is best to gently let them know you are aware of it and that punctuality is very important.  Make a point of acknowledging when they arrive or walk up to their desk, just make them aware that you know what time they arrived.  Just reinforce that you are paying attention, not spying!!
  2. If the above approach doesn’t curb the problem, grab a coffee or lunch with them and find out if there are any outside influences causing an issue. Perhaps they have family problems, illness etc that are effecting their time keeping, perhaps there is something you can can do to help alleviate the problem.
  3. If you have exhausted the above and the lateness is still happening, then it is time to take some action.  Of course this is not nice but sometimes having to discipline an employee is the only option.  Make sure you document any conversation you have about ongoing lateness with HR, a sure fire way to grab anyone’s attention and stop the situation going further.

Let’s face it, everyone has a different work ethic, but there are definitely certain things that employers expect and being at work on time is one of them.

If you have any ongoing issues with employees, why not give HR Revolution a call and let us help on +44 (0) 203 538 5311 or email us 

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2 thoughts on “How to handle lateness…

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