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Attendance Record Tips

Here are a few tips that will help you be a conscientious employee who does not abuse the company policy on absenteeism and lateness.

  1. Stay home under the following conditions: (a) when you are honestly sick and feel it would hurt your health or that of others if you reported to work, (b) when your emotional or mental condition is such that you know you could not contribute to the productivity of the department and might endanger the safety of others, and (c) when you have a family emergency and are urgently needed.

  2. Notify the company at once of your decision to be away from work. Tell your supervisor in an honest and straightforward way why you can’t make it. Talk to your supervisor, not to a co-worker.

  3. If you stay at home for more than a single day because of illness, it is wise to provide a daily progress report on your condition. Also, estimate when you will be able to return.

  4. Save your authorized sick-leave time for real emergencies. It is a cushion that might come in handy. If you never use it, you should assume the attitude that you were lucky you didn’t have to do so.

  5. Always give yourself a little lead time when getting ready to report to work. Do not put yourself in a position where a small delay will make you late. It is better to be ten minutes early than one minute late. On those rare occasions when you are late, give management a real reason for it.

  6. Take your allotted breaks, but don’t be absent from your work station longer than the specified time. People who always stretch their coffee breaks are not appreciated by their co-workers or supervisor. When emergencies do come up and you must forgo or delay a scheduled break, don’t nurse the feeling that you have been cheated and that you need an extra-long break to make up for it.

  7. Don’t be absent from your work station for long, unless you work it out in advance with your supervisor. Also, let your co-workers and/or your supervisor know where you will be when you are away. The best way to keep a supervisor from breathing down your neck is to earn your freedom by keeping him (or her) adequately informed.

  8. When you have a special reason for being absent from work, such as a family wedding, funeral, or court appearance, work it out with your supervisor as far in advance as possible.

  9. In planning for a pregnancy leave or seeking a leave of absence to act as a care provider for a family member, work out the details with your superior or the department of human resources as far in advance as possible. Make appropriate plans for a competent temporary replacement to be located and trained, so that productivity levels will not suffer during your absence.



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