Knowing the warning signs of poor employee attendance

Employers invest valuable resources in an employee, so the very least a company can expect is for that employee to maintain proper time and attendance. However, employee attendance can waver under an unassuming eye from superiors. Employers should be on the lookout for workers who abuse the clock by being aware of two key warning signs.

Putting the employee on the clock is the easiest technique. Does the employee come in late? Leave early? Take long lunch breaks or routinely step out for personal calls? An increase in this behavior is diminishing his or her productivity.

Body language is another key indicator. An employee who exerts a negative attitude with his or her demeanor or distracts employees from completing their work is more prone to absenteeism, according to AdvisorToday.com.

"A situational bad attitude, however, is a warning sign to which you can respond. You must diagnose what it is about the person, the job or the work environment that is causing the bad attitude," writes Kirk J. Hulett for AdvisorToday.

Absenteeism is a costly negative of doing business. Each missed day has both direct and indirect consequences that cost the employer an average of $2,500 based on 250 working days and a $35,000 salary, according to the Workers' Compensation Board of Statistics.

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