Companies dealing with employees arriving late to work have come to realise that their mechanism to address tardiness cannot be based on a one-size-fits-all solution.

Employee lateness is a workforce management issue that impacts operations, productivity, profitability and even morale in different ways across diverse industry sectors.

For instance, companies in the transportation or hospitality industry have to implement stricter measures to ensure employees clock in and out at the right times. Even a ten-minute late arrival can be highly disruptive, and wreak havoc on productivity.

There are several other industries where managements can afford to be more flexible on the timings of their employees, as work is less time-sensitive. Technological advances now allow employees to work remotely, away from their actual workplaces; however, these ‘flexible work practices’ also mean the clocking in and out times are not as strict, although still important.

Company culture is another issue relevant to managing the workforce, with many employers often willing to overlook the occasional late arrival as long as it doesn’t become a habit. Quite a few employers are less concerned about punctuality and only particular about employees getting their jobs done in a timely manner, as job costing and billing is foremost in their minds.

As a pioneer in intelligent workforce management solutions, Mitrefinch understands the many factors at play when managing employees’ lateness. The Mitrefinch software can be customised to suit specific business requirements.