Regular attendance is an essential job function, and
absenteeism costs employers dearly. Most employees must be present
at their jobsite on a regularly scheduled basis to do their jobs.
However, there are many legitimate reasons why employees cannot be
at work every day. Employers should have a policy that addresses all
the issues of attendance, including lateness, sickness, personal business,
family and medical leave, and disability concerns. A key part of an
attendance policy is setting objective criteria for when excessive
absenteeism requires disciplinary intervention and ensuring that the
policy is communicated to employees. Solutions for improving attendance
include compressed workweeks, flextime, job sharing, rewards, telecommuting,
and constructive discipline, up to and including termination.
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