Employee Tardiness is an employee misconduct meaning that a person sticks to a wrong behavior that makes him or her repeatedly late for work. It makes sense to speak about employee tardiness when an employee is late to his or her workplace for 5-15 minutes (or even more) daily, or when the number of late arrivals prevails over the number of on-time arrivals. An employee who is habitually late can cause a demoralizing effect on other employees who arrive for work on time.
Many of HR researchers and professionals insist on the fact that Employee Tardiness is not a sign of employee irresponsibility, as far as a big number of workers suffering from the tardiness are characterized by their managers as hardworking, competent and effective professionals (except for their tardiness habit). The way to beat this misconduct includes:
- Having a discussion with the employee to know his or her explanation of the tardiness;
- Considering possible ways for the employee to arrive for work on time;
- Stating the manager’s firm expectations to see the employee arriving to workplace on-time;
- Giving a trial period (for example a month) to the employee to enable him or her trying different ways to arrive for work on-time systematically;