Conclusion & Additional Resources
Attendance improvement programs can work! What the employees require is commitment and support from all levels of management, an effective attendance record-keeping system, consultation and open communication on the reasons for the attendance program.
Implementing and maintaining a work environment where open communication and team spirit can thrive will at first sometimes seem a mammoth and somewhat unrealistic task. If you need encouragement just consider some of the benefits; reduced absenteeism, open communication, team spirit, reduced grievances and greater employee satisfaction.
Only when the positive approach is unsuccessful does the employer need to use the remedial approach to deal with habitual abusers or with excessive absentee cases. In all cases the employer's actions must be fair and reasonable and consistently applied.
With a well communicated, implemented, and administered program, the majority of the employees should agree with the attendance management program and cooperation should follow.