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5 Bad Habits That Can Impact Employee Absenteeism and Employment Status

There are two forms of employee absenteeism. The first is that an employee is physically absent from the job and the second is that even though they are physically there, they aren’t mentally.

Below, is a list of the five (5) most common work habits that can heavily impact absenteeism and employment status.

1. Tardiness

Arriving late to work is a habit that’s hard to break and it’s the number one reason why employees walk themselves out the door. More importantly, it’s a habit that displays an attitude of carelessness and disrespect for their employer and co-workers. The best way to minimize tardiness is by implementing non-negotiable policies and procedures that are actively managed including an employee attendance line.

2. Negativity

A lot of employees tend to gossip, whine and complain primarily because they’re dissatisfied with their job or their manager. The more gossip there is, the more negativity will weave its way through a company’s culture and erosion and turnover escalate. You’ve heard the old adage that “one bad apple spoils the whole bunch”? Well, it’s true.

3. Procrastination

Procrastination is definitely one of the top work habits that set employees up for failure. Is it acceptable for your employees to deliver their work at the last minute or put off projects or assignments until the day of (or sometimes the hour) before they are due? Procrastination is a symptom of avoidance, so the question is, what are they avoiding at work?

4. Lying

Lying is definitely a bad habit. In the workplace, it is even worse. Lying on timesheets or billable hours means jeopardizing your job, trust and integrity. Misusing expense accounts, stealing supplies and abusing company credit cards are other forms of lying.

5. Poor Email/Phone Communication

If managers or employees don’t respond or poorly communicate with their emails, calls or texts, that IS a form of communication. When coworkers and colleagues demonstrate poor communication skills, it’s flat out disrespectful and prevents the team from reaching deadlines, addressing client issues and sets the stage for a low employee morale.

Tracking Employee Absences and Tardies The Right Way

All of these bad habits create a host of reasons why employees call off. If you’re experiencing constant interruptions and documenting employee absences more than normal, you should consider streamlining your reporting process with an employee attendance or call-off hotline.

At Employee Hotlines, we can assist you with up-leveling your employee call-off procedures by establishing a confidential hotline for employees to use. A dedicated phone number makes it easy for employees to call and report their absence, tardy or FMLA updates. You no longer have to deal with physical absences yourself but use a system that automatically tracks the presence of your employees.

Call today for a FREE consultation and learn how our award-winning employee hotlines can support your business. 877-777-6443