Late to work


All my life, I have been coping with a common problem which I believe a lot of fellow HRs in different companies also have with their employees: ‘Late to reach office’. When employees come late to work, it forcefully gives birth to a policy to control the maximum time allowed for them to come late. A common policy is that if an employee enters late for more than 3 times then a certain portion of their salary is deducted. This of course is not legal, but some think people don’t learn until penalized.

This policy leads to many speculations and sometimes also challenges the integrity of a genuinely late-coming employee (Things like not punching in when late for the max allowed time). Then statements like “if I come late, I also go late” or “Is there a policy for leaving early as well?” are very common that we see most of the people making. During the recent Elphinstone station stampede, we also saw a message making it’s rounds on social media and whatsapp stating how HR should not reprimand employees, who cross fatal hurdles to reach office and do not reach on time.

We have observed 2 problems here, one is the inability to reach office on time and the other is the inability to leave office on time.

I have a simple policy: Come on time and leave on time. Manage your daily routine efficiently to ensure you do things on time. Dine early, sleep early, wake up early, manage your travel efficiently, take early transports and reach office early. Adopt good habits to avoid embarrassing situations.

The solution to the 2nd problem is to manage your tasks efficiently. I think efficient task management is a key to successful time management. Some tasks are recurring and some have a fixed deadline. One needs to ensure that they agree to the realistic deadline, finish the task on time and leave on time. Having a superbly managed personal-professional life balance is the key to a successful life. A 9 to 5 culture is always good to bring in discipline. Flexibility may lead to casual behavior.

At Verbond, we believe that your habits have a significant impact on your career and eventually on your life.


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