Sr.executive (per & Adm)
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Agm - Hro, Compensation & Benefit Mgt,
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25th September 2012 From India, Bangalore
25th September 2012 From India, Bangalore
I appriciate the suggestion from BSSV, in IT industry machine is man hence we cannot treat them as machines and whip or impose punishments. continuous woking in night shifts may create bilogical imbalance also. Though it is wrong sleep during working hours, empoyee might even know that, and sleep in night particularly between 00 to 4 am as human body needs.
Some time, if we HR do not address this issue on time, It may result adversly effect on the production front. Hence, arrange to give them mid night 10 minutes breaks atleast once two hours a small break for tea, snacks as suggested.
Keeping in mind the business goal and orgnisation interests , to some extent we need communicate, and address their issues in the night shift.
Also , if possible you can plan staggered week off introducing rotation of C shift once in every 3 days as long week days , this may help to control night shit turmoil. we have done in our company which helped in overcoming night sleeping issues.
26th September 2012 From India, Hyderabad
very much agree with Suggestions given bu BBSV & Lakshmi 87. I understand the human tendency and nature. i have tried many time throught various councelling secessions , but it now seems that they are taking undue advantage of it.
Pl guide me further cource of action.
26th September 2012 From India, New Delhi
But it appears that you lack patience, when you are dealing with the emotions of third persons you shall hold your patience and try to analyse the situations and then come to a decision accepted by majority or the right one..... you should act like you are their assistance who assist them solving their issues, not like a person ordering something, if not jumps on to his punitive actions taking advantage of the position....
When you have tried through the counseling sessions, you must have got the feedback as to what exactly they are facing, try to work improving on those.... what was the necessity to request here, first of all they are sacrificing there lifetime upsetting there health and comforts above that if you want to make the workplace stressful,....... it never fetch anything indeed........ You take some time, think and try to encourage the employees and give them time and space..... you clear them that work is important and the decorum of the place and nothing more than that would be expected ........
(do not become friends with them so they may take advantage of you, be supportive and try to have boundaries not exceeding the work life.... try not to entertain personally...)
26th September 2012 From India, Bangalore
27th September 2012 From India, Hyderabad
The employee should get the proper sleep when he is off duty so that these incidences dont happen. As per the judgement of Bharat Forge v. Nakate, sleeping while on duty is a serious misconduct warranting punishment of dismissal. So, to have a deterrent impact, you can issue a warning letter to the concerned employee.
28th September 2012 From India, Pune
As you know regular night shift leads to health problem, so its good to maintain healthy and friendly environment with workers.
Suggest them to take regular break but not long breaks and provide them with facilities as per the employees demand under company norms, such that they too will feel that they should provide justice not only to the salary but also to the company being supportive to there demands.
28th September 2012 From India, Bangalore
28th September 2012 From India, Ahmadabad
There cannot be denial of the requirements of the body during 12 night to 4AM. Keeping this into consideration, employers, who provide for shift duty allowance, double it for C shift. I do not know what is your case.
To break the situation please make a provision for change of shift fortnightly, this may be of some help.
As you say you had counselling sessions and also sent warnings on their computers, issuing further warnings wont serve any purpose except they perceiving the management as weak.
Sleeping whilst on duty is one of the grave misconducts on the part of the employees. If nothing works please issue a show cause on the lines drafted below
Sub; Show Cause Notice.
It has been brought to our notice that you have been found sleeping whilst on duty on dates and times given below:
3. and so on.
You have been informed of the same and also counselled by------------------ on (pl. give dates).
The management deems it necessary to point out to you that sleeping whilst on duty is a major act of misconduct. The act gains more gravity when it becomes habitual.
In view of the above the management has taken a serious view of the act of misconduct as above and has decided to issue this notice to you requiring you to show cause as to why suitable disciplinary action is not taken against you. You are required to submit your explanation within 24 hours from the receipt of this notice. In case no reply is received from you within the stipulated time the management shall be free to take such action against you as it deems fit. Please acknowledge the receipt of this notice on the office copy.
Some times sheer counselling does not work. Let us hope either of the alternatives work.
29th September 2012 From India, Delhi
b) Create avenues in the office that the employees can have a short break - coffee corner, foosball, TT facilities etc could help.
c) Any other avenue for them to take short breaks because no one can keep on working continuously for 8-10 hours. You obviously dont want them to sleep on the workstations but you can't solve it by asking them not to sleep.
4th December 2012 From India, Delhi
All employee are not bad to follow up discipline. Some employee always think they have lot of contribution to company and know about absolute ethic also to work under a company. Try to minimized this subject. Hope it could be workable.
4th January 2013 From Bangladesh, Dhaka
29th January 2014 From India, Siliguri
Regular night shifts are common to the some industries, the employee had also know that while getting employment he will work for night shifts, in the due course some time it is common to sleeping while on duty, but it get effects to all employees it is very serious mescondut, The employee should get the proper sleep when he is off duty. if he fails it leads industrial accidents also. we have to counsel the employees and get the written explanation about the misconduct, if he continues the same we can serve the charge sheet show cause letter for taking action against him.
11th March 2014
The prime aim of the organisation's effort should be to improve his performance. Punishment is not always the remedy to improve the habits or efficiency of the employee. The employee should be able to see the rod of punishment and be able to keep in memory to keep themselves alert, but should be sparingly used. Once punished he becomes doggedly attached to their habits and culture. So, it is necessary for the management to resort to some alternative measures to keep them duty bound even during their night shifts.
So, you may better explore the possibility of either of changing the working schedules to adjust some part of the day and some part of the night (say 50:50) or by assigning daily as well as weekly targets for completion of specific jobs. The same can be checked on day to day basis every next day as well as on week-ends for their over-all out turn. You can notify them about shortfalls on their part and the penal provisions for poor performance.
Another alternative can be to paste the names of such persons found to have been found sleeping, so that other workers may also take notice about them. When they find their names notified on the notice board, that can help bringing psychological effect on them and may improve their habits to avoid bad name appearing time & again. Other employees can also get alerted and make efforts not to get their names included in such list of defaulters. Practice of just 2-3 months is likely to improve the situation.
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2nd October 2015 From India, Delhi
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8th October 2015 From India, Bidar
I think if you are looking them from human angle, we should create employee enguagement activity during night like indoor game like chess, carrom, dance for half an hour break after every 4 hrs working. Which will create good environment in the company to boost the productivity. Plan visit to company during night shift occassionaly and organize serprise visit and some extra activities which will help to keep them enguaged.
8th October 2015 From Germany, Lohmar
Sleeping while on duty is a misconduct. You as HR Manager can not allow or ignore this problem at the place of work. Once anyone ignore such issues that will become more complicated problem in future. Therefore you should take the following steps in sequence.
1. Never allow any employee to work continuously in night shift. Change/rotate the shift weekly/ fortnightly.
2. Call the meetings of the employees in small groups and convey your message and explain/suggest them not to sleep during duty hours.
3. Once you have conveyed the message and you observe that a few persons are found sleeping.Call them in your office and warn them to not to repeat the misconduct. Record the meeting in a register and obtain the signatures of the employees.
4. Still the people if persist with this habit, identify the repeat case and issue written warning.
5. The fifth step is to issue charge sheet and initiate the disciplinary action.
You have to deal the matter with seriousness otherwise the work may hamper. The above method is tried and tested at more than two organizations as for as my experience goes..
By this way you have given ample opportunity to the employees to make amends and once they refuse to change they have left no way to initiate action.
8th October 2015 From India, Delhi
8th October 2015 From India, Bangalore
I think everybody has elaborate properly, but that is more important to ask that employee, why he is sleeping while on duty, how much hours is he working in a day (in manufacturing industry workmen normally work for eight hours), how is work pressurized etc. so after counselling/s issue him show cause letter in proper format, copy mark with his superior and duly signed by the higher authority (whoever as per disciplinary action authority). After his explanation you'll be very much clear for the further action.
9th October 2015 From India, Pune