Should good staff attendance be rewarded?
“Rewarding staff for turning up on time every day? They get paid! Surely that’s enough?”
If the above is running through your mind when looking into staff attendance rewards, you’re not alone. This is a tricky question for a lot of employers, but is often considered to help boost morale and productivity.
Before looking into ways to try and buy good time and attendance however, we suggest looking into the overall issues of lateness – as they may be down to bigger problems within an organisation which need tackling or just a few individuals causing issues for their colleagues.
If you’re already aware of issues in processing, rotas, or clocking methods – take a look at our WFM workforce management system. We have a range of functionality designed to get the most from your workforce in an organised and trackable way.
Functionality such as our Grace and rounding tool can help.
Grace and Rounding’s give you the chance to set a clear policy on lateness and other absence so that all employees ‘know the rules’ and ideally the rules should be applied to all firmly (and fairly).
When it comes to lateness, grace periods can be set within the WFM. For example, if 3 minutes late is acceptable to your organisation this can be set as ‘grace’ in the clocking in system so that if employees’ clock in within the 3 minutes grace period they have effectively started work on time. You can also set rounding’s so if an employee is due to clock in at 9:00 and is 5 minutes late they can be clocked in as starting at 9:15 losing 15 minutes pay – which may be an incentive in itself as by the end of a week of persistent lateness they’ll have lost over an hour’s pay.
Being able to accurately track and report on attendance also means that you can pick up any underlying attendance issues early on, whether it’s with an individual having problems at home or wider operational issues.
Some of our customers simply pay the time that the employee has been working so even if they’re due to start at 9:00 but arrive and start work at 8:40 they’ll be getting paid from the time they actually clock in. Our time and attendance systems are flexible, enabling organisations to arrange and apply ‘rules’ that suit the way they work.
Still want to reward or curve your staff’s attendance?
Then the below are some handy ways to keep things fair for all employees and avoid production lulls.
An attendance bonus is an incentive that employers offer to encourage full attendance or improve attendance when absenteeism is a problem
Voting for employee of the month might seem like an American prom nightmare to you, but for employees often the recognition from their peers is enough to keep them working hard. https://iriscascade.co.uk/news/what-are-peer-to-peer-rewards/