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Importance of Attendance in Work Ethics

Updated: May 27, 2019

Those attendance awards you received as far back as preschool had a purpose: Helping you develop a work ethic of showing up ready to take on whatever challenges came your way. Whether you just started your first paying job or you have spent years in the workforce, being there on time and ready to work feeds your success. Good attendance means more than just getting your body in the seat, though. You must be mentally and emotionally present as well.

Attendance and Punctuality A saying in the telemarketing world goes, "Early is on time, on time is late and late is unacceptable." Good attendance does not mean sliding through the door at five minutes past the hour. Plan your commute to work by giving yourself enough time to ensure that family needs, traffic jams and weather alerts do not make you late.

Tip • Get to work at least 15 minutes early or more, especially if you have a long morning ritual. Use the restroom, start your computer and arrange your desk so that everything you need lays within reach. Make coffee or whatever beverage fuels your morning productivity. Discuss the day's most urgent tasks with your supervisor and look after issues carried over from yesterday first. By the time your supervisor starts the morning meeting, you should have any minor issues resolved.

Absenteeism Only 15 percent of workers worldwide report feeling enthusiastic about and highly involved in their workplace. Sometimes disengaged employees do not show up for work, which creates stress for those who value good attendance. Stress creates resentment and chips away at morale. Chronic absenteeism leads to a vicious cycle of covering for missing teammates, resentment about taking on everyone else's responsibilities, illness and even more stress. This can take a toll on even the most dedicated employees who find they need to take a day off due to exhaustion and exasperation.

Presenteeism This is the habit of coming to work sick, exhausted, hung-over or distracted by family responsibilities to the point of being unable to carry out your duties. Employees worked while sick on more than 57 days in 2015. Lost productivity cost companies more than $1.5 trillion worldwide. Presenteeism creates several workplace hazards. Inattentive workers have more accidents, have difficulty getting along with co-workers and management and put co-workers and the public at risk for infectious diseases. Presenteeism also happens when workers feel pressured to come to work before they regain full health. They may be short of money from too many lost work days. They may also be part of a toxic work culture that does not value the well-being of employees. Presenteeism can put the public at risk if the employee cares for children or the elderly, works in food service or works as a nurse. Why Does Attendance Matter?

Even if you have a dead-end job, your good attendance and punctuality may give you a ladder to a better position. Poor attendance puts pressure on co-workers and managers when they must take on your responsibilities in addition to their own. When you show up for work on time every day with a happy, positive attitude, you help raise morale and increase productivity. When bonuses or raises are possible, your ethical attendance record can be worth hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars, either as wages and salary or in the form of a new, better-paying job

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