How will you feel coming late for an interview? Is there any chance that you can be hired even if you have lot of degrees but not able to show on time for interviews? Certainly not.
For you to get a job, punctuality is as important as all the qualifications you have pinned in your file. And do you think that once you get selected there ends your punctuality? The answer is a big no.
An employee needs to be punctual at the workplace throughout the career. Be it for an event or a virtual meeting, to make others wait for you isn’t a good practice.
Sometimes you may miss the vital part of the session just by coming late. It can leave bad impressions about you in others and can even compel your employer to go in search of another employee to your post. Don’t let that happen because of your carelessness and irresponsibility.
HR teams have a great role in enforcing punctuality in the workplace. Here are three tips for promoting a Punctual Culture at work:
1. Why be punctual?
Your company may have a clear policy on punctuality with describing the time and day for sessions and working hours in it. Nobody in the company wants to follow any set of rules and regulations just for the sake of it. Instead, they always want to know why is it important to follow.
Hence the HR team should have open and upfront conversations about why punctuality is so critical. Collaboration, production and the ability to meet deadlines are things affected by poor punctuality.
Besides long written policies, keep a common chart on days, time and events that are to be conducted in the workplace. This will urge the employees to be on time.
2. Time-tracking Tools
Punctuality is a problem HR Managers all over the world have a hard time dealing with. Now there is a wide range of time-tracking tools designed to improve punctuality. HR managers should take initiatives in implementing such tools to keep employees accountable to their work quota, track functionality and to flag any potential issues.
Computerised attendance systems will help you digitally capture employee clock-in/clock-out times. It will present the data in an easy to understand way.
3. Communicate the benefits
Just be frank with your employees about the benefits of being on time. Appreciate those who are punctual at work and reward them. Rewards can be like being allowed to leave early on a Friday or even a financial incentive. Let the coworkers notice the things you do for a punctual employee. This will pull them out of their procrastination.
The most simple and effective thing you can do in order to promote a punctual work culture is by gifting a small time-piece and a calendar to your employee right from the time that they join the firm. Make it clear that your firm stresses on strict deadlines.
Encourage a style where your employees are present at least five minutes before any meeting. Remember that any work done investing interest and on time will be recognised the best by companies.
Give yourself enough time to be creative and productive. Being late and hectic will ruin your day. Fix time gaps between working hours and never put off the tasks you are assigned with.