When you are running a business, you don’t want to feel like you’ve got your thumb on every employee all the time. After all, you have hired adults that should be taking their jobs seriously and trying to do well when they’re at work. However, it doesn’t always go that way, and sometimes that can be a big problem.
As the business owner or manager, that means your business is going to be a whole lot less productive and you’re going to be spending more money to pay employees than you’re earning. It may not seem like much when employees slack off, but over time, that is going to cost you some serious cash if you don’t fix it right away.
While reprimanding adult employees does not always work, you can do some things to keep employees who are abusing privileges in line. Use these tips to make sure your workplace is running as efficiently as possible.
Sometimes telling employees that they need to be on time and that they need to do their work just isn’t enough, especially when you’re dealing with new individuals that don’t have any work history with you. When that happens, one of the best things you can do is to give warnings or write-ups to let employees know that there are consequences for not working or for being late to work.
Many businesses give three write-ups before an employee is suspended or outright fired. Whatever you choose to do, a system of written warnings will also help to keep you out of hot water if you fire an employee who decides to sue.
Use Time Clocks
Many employers don’t want to use time clocks, but they’re often a good idea if you’re having trouble with employees not showing up for work on time or taking too long for lunch or breaks. Traditional time clocks aren’t always necessary either, as a fingerprint time clock can make the process a lot easier for employees to deal with.
Employees also won’t have to keep track of a time card, and you won’t have to process one at the end of the pay period since all the data will be collected electronically. That means less work for you and your employees might be less likely to clock in late or punch out early since they know they won’t be paid the same amount as if they’d worked a full shift.