The average absence rate for all full-time wage and salary workers is 3.2%. There are various reasons why employees may be absent from work, and as an employer, it is important to keep track of employee attendance and what may be causing them to miss work.  

Here are five tips for managing attendance in the workplace:  

Set clear attendance expectations  

First, start by creating an attendance policy that works best for your company. Then, be sure to communicate that policy with your employees during a company meeting when everyone is gathered together. Communicate both the schedule and the consequences of tardiness and absenteeism.  

Once leaders have communicated the attendance expectations with employees, they should include the policy in the company’s employee handbook so employees can read over it whenever they would like.  

Allow flexibility  

Once the attendance expectations have been communicated, leaders should allow employees to ask any questions or make any requests for personal accommodation.  

While it is important to set attendance expectations, if an employee requests personal accommodation, leaders should consider providing flexibility. Employees want to feel less restricted with their work schedules, and providing flexibility within the attendance policy is a great way to give employees more independence.  

Use reliable tools to track attendance  

A very important step to managing attendance is to use reliable tools to monitor, track, and report attendance. There are various software applications that can help store all the attendance information, so it is important to research and investigate which one would be the best for your company.  

Address attendance issues  

If you notice an employee who is frequently absent, tardy, or abusing the leave policy, it’s essential to address them immediately. Review the attendance policy with the employee, and ensure they understand why they may be receiving consequences.  

If the employee is willing to change their attendance behavior, then be sure to help guide and instruct them on what they need to do in order maintain proper attendance.  

Create a positive workplace  

If you want your employees to enjoy going to work every day, then you must create an environment they will anticipate going to. Ensure the environment is respectful, inclusive, and rewarding.  

When employees feel valued and supported, they will want to go to work. If employees start missing an excessive number of workdays, the first thing an employer should do is ponder on whether the work environment is a place employees enjoy and thrive in.  

Employee attendance can be difficult to manage, so consider using some of these tips to help improve attendance. If you have any questions regarding employee attendance, reach out to us at humanresources@helpside.com.