Think attendance is only important in grade school? Think again. According to a study by the Tennessee Technology Center at Hartsville, attendance is among the 10 employee work ethics most valued by employers. While certain skills can be taught on the job – such as teamwork and communication – attendance is not an easily adaptable trait. This is why exemplifying good attendance will help you make a positive impression in your workplace and advance quicker within your career path. However, in addition to your own professional development, you may not know that attendance affects many elements of the workplace. Here are some factors greatly affected by poor attendance:
Cost to business.
Because staffing plans are generally created to fulfill critical operational needs, attendance is essential for the proper function of any organization. Attendance significantly affects an organization’s bottom line, as a cost is always incurred to recruit, hire and train temporary workers when vacancies arise. Poor attendance can also result in low productivity and loss of customers or clients, which can in turn negatively affect company earnings and profits. Whenever absenteeism is high, there will almost always be a cost associated with loss of labor, outcomes and profits.
Low morale among employees.
It’s no surprise that low attendance can cause a downward spiral with other ethics, such as honesty and sense of responsibility. Poor attendance lowers morale among employees and prevents employees from working together so that tasks can be completed effectively and efficiently with the necessary amount of manpower. When employees demonstrate high attendance, they inherently form a team of highly dependable and disciplined workers that can achieve common goals.
Poor company culture.
Poor attendance harms the quality of workplace culture, creating an environment which lacks motivation and teamwork. Chronically absent or tardy employees contribute to a culture of disrespect in which people are not held accountable for their own actions. When attendance is positive and employees are actively engaged in their workplace, a good company culture is formed and positive relationships can develop.
It’s important to realize that your actions don’t just affect your own career, but also the way in which your workplace functions. Being aware of how attendance plays a role within the success of your organization is necessary to make meaningful contributions within your role.
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