How Your Attendance Impacts Your Workplace


Maintaining a good attendance record at work includes more than just not calling in sick regularly. It also means starting your job duties on time, staying on the job throughout the day to complete duties properly and attending all scheduled meetings and appointments.

When you are persistently absent, it forces other employees to pick up your slack. It also places an extra, unnecessary burden on management and the company as a whole. Substantial absenteeism can adversely impact productivity, worker morale and, in small businesses, it can have a serious effect on the company’s financial well-being.

On a personal level, your income is affected and your career prospects can be severely damaged.  It can also make it harder to work with co-workers, who have likely been covering for you.

Below are detailed reasons why you should consider maintaining a solid attendance record.


Seeing someone come in late all the time or miss a lot of work can be annoying to people who maintain good attendance. Understandably, many people get discouraged and upset when they have to do their own duties and somebody else’s job as well. Over time, chronic absenteeism can lead to reduced morale in the workplace, especially when management does nothing about the wayward worker.

Work suffers

When an essential person is absent, the work flow has to be restructured, which impacts the staff’s total productivity. Even when a front-line employee misses a lot of work, there are fewer employees to get the job done, and something is going to be affected because of it. If workers try to get caught up by working more quickly, quality can be affected.

Also, a person that regularly misses work will get left behind when changes take place. When the absent worker does finally show up, his or her efficiency suffers because of the time it takes to adopt the changes they missed. This also means others must bring the worker up to speed, which causes additional delays in production or it affects services offered. Therefore, in addition to poor worker performance, a company’s customers can also be adversely affected by high absenteeism.

Staffing-related costs

Companies produce staffing plans to satisfy critical operational needs, with each employee having an essential role. Therefore, poor attendance increases costs by forcing the company meet labor needs through either a temporary or permanent replacement staffing solution. Poor attendance also means costs in terms of lost productivity as the replacement worker gets up to speed.

Workplace ethics issues

Attendance is a part of ethics at work, and whenever management doesn’t take care of absenteeism successfully, they are sending a message that they don’t prioritize ethical issues in general.

Work ethics are essential for a well-functioning workplace. Employers should prize employees who are dependable, responsible and disciplined. When management doesn’t address chronic absenteeism, they are not upholding these value-adding soft skills.

At Career Concepts, we work with individuals and organizations to resolve attendance issues. We’ll also help you find a job you love so you’ll be happy to be there! Please contact us today to learn how we can help you advance your career.

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