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Importance Of Attendance in Work Ethics

Importance of Attendance in Work Ethics

by Gail Sessoms, Demand Media

Attendance is among the 10 employee work ethics most valued by employers, according to Tennessee Technology Center at Hartsville. Although employers are willing to help employees develop skills, most expect workers to already possess work ethics. Employee work ethics -- such as teamwork, respect, appearance, productivity, attitude and attendance -- are behaviors and attitudes people bring to the workplace. Although education, training and experience are important, employers increasingly look at work ethics as equally important in hiring or retaining employees. Attendance, like all work ethics, affects every aspect of the workplace and the business.


Employees who show up for work on time more often than not and give proper notice of absences or tardiness are practicing good attendance. Attendance as a work ethic includes sticking to work schedules, being ready to start work on time, remaining on the job during the workday to complete duties and limited use of leave. Attendance can be quantified and verified, and employers keep employee attendance and leave records. When employers check references, they may ask about attendance. The most qualified job applicant can lose out because of attendance problems. Poor attendance says a candidate is insensitive to co-workers, unaccountable for his responsibilities and uninterested in company success.

Impact on Workplace

The absent or tardy worker affects co-workers and clients. Absenteeism creates more work for others or leaves important work undone. One worker’s absence or habitual lateness in a small business can disrupt production schedules, cause others to reschedule planned leave and reflect badly on the company if customer service suffers. Poor attendance also causes bad feelings among co-workers who follow the rules and practice good work ethics.

Cost to Business

Businesses create staffing plans to meet important operations needs, and each worker fills a critical role. Attendance affects the company’s bottom line, reflected in the costs to hire temporary workers to fill in for absent employees and the cost to replace and retrain fired employees. Poor attendance can result in ineffectiveness, loss of productivity and loss of customers or clients, all of which affect company earnings and profits.

Effect on Other Work Ethics

A worker who fails to understand the effect of poor attendance on his workplace also may lack other work ethics. Work ethics interconnect to create the ebb and flow necessary for a well-functioning workplace. Character requires dependability, reliability, responsibility and discipline. The chronically absent or tardy cannot practice good teamwork, which requires coordination to achieve common goals. Poor attendance appears to others as a lack of cooperation and respect.

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About the Author

Gail Sessoms, a grant writer and nonprofit consultant, writes about nonprofit, small business and personal finance issues. She volunteers as a court-appointed child advocate, has a background in social services and writes about issues important to families. Sessoms holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies.

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