Tardiness in the Workplace

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Tardiness in the Workplace
Mr. Moon
Park University
EN 306 - Prof Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications Ms. Judika Webb
May 3, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Abstract………………………………………………………………………………..……3 Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………4 The Problem………………………………………………………………………………....4 Reasons why employees are late to work…………………………………………………...4 Solutions/Recommendations………………………………………………………………..6 Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………..8 References…………………………………………………………………………………..9

Abstract
Tardiness in the workplace is an ongoing issue. Managers should be proactive in combating this “drug” that has taken over our workplace environment. Many things such as dictating your employees’ reporting time in advance, outlining consequences of being late, and dealing with tardiness as it occurs can be done to attempt to alleviate this problem which costs companies billions of dollars in lost production opportunities. In a survey that I conducted, my initial observations involving my coworkers were confirmed as out of 40 surveys that I sent out, almost 30 people responded exactly as I expected. The abuse of being tardy is evident all around us as suspense dates are sometimes not met, tasks are not accomplished, and work orders are not completed. It is only through ones intrinsic motivational determination that his problem can be eliminated. Many steps can be taken to attack and attempt to cure this “sickness”. INTRODUCTION

The most consistent violation of loyalty and commitment to one’s employer is being late to work and often costs businesses billions of dollars in lost production opportunities. Tardiness costs U.S. businesses more than $3 billion each year in lost productivity (DeLonzor, 2011, p. 1). This irresponsible act occurs daily, especially amongst government employees here at Fort Bliss, Texas. Seeing this act on a daily basis has become a personal pet peeve and I hold my coworkers responsible constantly. An occasional instance poses no real issue, but repeated episodes of tardiness are cause for action (Mooney, 2012). There are several ways to attempt to combat this ongoing violation of punctuality: dictate employees’ reporting time in advance, outline consequences of being late, and deal with tardiness as it occurs. THE PROBLEM

How can a business, corporation, or company be successful if it is not operating at 100% constantly? In order to maximize productivity, employees need to be at work at their prescribed time. Being late to work is arguably the most obvious reason why tasks do not get accomplished, suspense dates are not met, and work does not get completed. Tardy employees affect more than just their own productivity; yes, they are not technically getting work done when they are late (Belcher, 2012). Customers are what make a business successful. If the employees of a business do not make themselves available consistently, then a business risks the probability of them looking elsewhere for timely services. REASONS WHY EMPLOYEES ARE LATE TO WORK

In an attempt to gain a clear understanding as to just why employees report to work late, I conducted a poll in my place of employment and gained some interesting insight on this issue. On the survey, I inserted a section where employees could pencil in their own reasons for being late. Surprisingly, no one took the freedom of penciling in any other reason(s) than the ones that I provided. Out of 40 surveys that I sent out to my coworkers, only 30 responded. Out of the 30 respondents, 27 employees reported being late to work due to excessive traffic for a total of 90%; 28 out of 30 reported being late due to waking up late for a total of 93%; 29 out of 30 reported being late due to gate congestion when trying to access Fort Bliss for a total of 96%. My numbers are graphically expressed below:

Yet another important statistic is that out of 30 respondents, 28 reported being late to work an average of 1-3 times per week for an average...
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