The topic late coming is a serious issue in the industry either in the service industry or manufacturing industry. Most of it identify when it maters to production or service where multiple people is involved for particular industry or job.

Now what as company want to do to stop this practice of late coming?
My view may differ from others but my experiences in different field may help you all to regularize the attendance in time.

Quite often we only talk about some measure which actually a punishment direct or indirect way. Remember if there is a punishment for any conduct there should be way out to get rid of it. So it will not help at all
What we have to do first the WE should have a paradigm shift strictly not follow any procedures which reflects as punishment to the mind of employee rather we should take measure to impart regular small training which again feel the employee that the importance of him and above all his one minuets for the growth of the company and simentenusly the reward which will change his current status.
It can not be done overnight itís a process which definitely reduce and at the end COMPANY may claim that last quarter there were no people came late in the duty

At last do not think or implement any thing or any way which reflects as punishment for particular activity rather implement process of impart training not once in regular way to make them feel the importance of there one minuet for the industry and outcome of it which may change there status as reward when the company will achieve its goal

Best regards

From India, Bangalore
To motivate the employees to be punctual, an small incentive scheme can be introduced. In one of the company they had implemented such a scheme, i.e. the employees will be paid Rs.500/- monthly if they come punctual or that amount will be deducted for not remaining punctual. You can try this out. Hopefully, it will work.
From India, Kochi
Apart from defining the normal business hours (eg: 9:00am to 6:00pm), you may also define the core business hours (eg: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm). During the core business hours all the employees need to be available in office. This way there is a flexibility of half an hour for employees on entry time or at times if they want to leave early! At the same time discipline is followed as per the organisation's need. this way the organisation can expect all the employees to be in office by 9:30 as well employees would not feel that management's decision is harsh.

From India, Bangalore
Dear All, Good Morning! Same problem is with NON Profit Organizations. Here most of employees are not following HR and Admin Rules. With Regards Shishu
From India, Gurgaon
Hai Tittli,

I understand your concern and others view.

However, sharing my view on this particular issue which I faced both the versions of (i) Making absent and other punishment for late coming as a part of punctual discipline and (ii) Leaving the options to the employee to work as per his convenience.

I feel adhering the strict policy of discipline for late comings doesn't give results in time, since employee may not be willing to work late hours even at the time of urgency and postpone the work for the next day. And the work requirements of an employee is not limited and structured as like olden days or Government office duties.

And Fully liberalized policy as leaving to employees to come for late makes employees irresponsible.

To offset all of above, My suggestion is to frame a policy as like below First Two hours of late working or every one hour after first two hours of late working by an employee will entitled for 1/2 hour late coming in the next day morning for each such occasion.

Example: An employee suppose worked late hours till9:00 Pm then he is entitled to come for late by 1 hour in next day morning.

The above execution is allowed only on approval of his superior for each occasion of late coming and explanation for late sitting.

This makes all employees responsible for assigning the work to subordinates as well as discipline.

From India, Hyderabad
I am very impressed by your views but the thing which i notice is that each company has its own benefit about work but no one has an idea about the difficulties of the workers.
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From Pakistan
I know may people have already spread their wisdom and many have provided solutions as well to fix it.. but late coming (tardiness) is always a problem.

Tardiness is punishable under standing order however that may not be solution. Behavior is driven from the consequences and researches have shown that positive consequences induce behavior change much faster than negative consequence (unless it is really harsh and spine chilling - extreme fear).

Tardiness or lack of respect for rules is a culture issue, in the society in general but very specifically the organisation you work in. Culture originate from the belief of the organisation. Do we strongly believe in punctuality? Are we punctual in everything we do in the organisation. (it is not about if management comes on time or not). Introspect if we always deliver on promise and on time. I am confident that you will find things which are happening in the organisation not the way they were supposed to be or promised. Result - people treat this as culture and adapt their behavior accordingly. reporting for duty late is one such manifestation.

In the culture of par excellence people do not compromise on deliverable (including compliance) and that bring down all these issues.

I saw suggestion for flexi hours as well. flexi hour can not be done in all jobs every time. flexi hours are possible when people are matured and engaged with the organisation, its purpose, vision and are highly committed to achieve their objectives. Else flexi hours / work from home become another excuse to remain away from office at their will.

Given my experience of over two decades, I attribute these symptomatic actions to lack of engagement with the company. You can not solve this issue in isolation. Ask the question to you self "What is my motivation to go the office today?". "What excites me at work today?" or "how motivated I am to do my job?". While there will be fluctuations in the response but I am sure you will see the difference in response between people come on time and contribute and other who do not want to come on time. Flexi hours will work very well for 1st set of people but not the 2nd set.

You need to take a comprehensive view of creating / transforming the culture (Value system) of the organisation and correct the gaps from organisation side then you will the transformation in people. Take inclusive approach rather than directive approach, increase communication level and transparency in the environment and see the difference.

You management has to be committed to this and display the behavior and things will start changing.

Should you or anyone require more information / help in this, feel free to interact with me at or send me message on individual basis through this network so that we can discuss your organisation specific issue while maintaining confidentiality aspects.

Sushil Tayal

From India, Bangalore
The isue is self displine.Some employees can come early and do nothing for 30mins ...they take long time to settle. Others may come late by 15min and start working is tricky. James
From Kenya
Record late comings daily give 10 minutes grace time Deduct half day leave for every three late arrival in a month. Before implementing this put a circular to all concerned Regards Vinodkumar.C.P
From India, Gandhinagar
Dear Titli,
Most of the companies have this issue of employee's coming late, but the company where i work, we are very flexible on timings.
Have a disussion with your management, what time they come or spend is not that important as to the quality of work an employee does is important.
Do not emphasize much on timings as it may affect the work environment.

From India, Bangalore

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