Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Management Consultancy
Sr.officer At J K Lakshmi Cement Ltd
Vini The Best
Executive Hr

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Respected seniors, We have a problem of early leaving workplace by workers, please suggest what disciplinary action should taken against him. to prevent this kind of practice by workers in future,
From India, Durg
You can take disciplinary action against them as per HR policy. You can take a call and ask for the exact reason, if the reason is not satisfactory then share a warning email or letter (warning after 2 times can terminate them).
From India, Hyderabad
What is the reason for workers leaving early?
Have you communicated the same to them?
What is the line supervisor doing if they are leaving early?
Do you have a HR manual or guidelines to discuss on discipline matters?
If you are a Manufacturing segment follow Model standing orders of the state and take disciplinary actions as deemed fit.
Beyond this you can display the timing of the department in notice board, and track in the attendance system for better systems introduction.
Try this out by speaking with your Management.
Dear Annonymous,
How can any employee be terminated after giving two warning letters?

From India, Hyderabad
Dear Vini The Best,
Workers go early from their duties because they are allowed to go. Do you have security at the exit gate and if yes, then why the security guard does not try stopping them? And what about supervisor of the workers? He is also a mute spectator?
Issue a circular on early exit by the employees. In this circular, issue instructions to the security guard on what he can do if he finds someone leaving early without proper authorisation. In spite of issue of this circular, if you find any delinquent worker then you may deduct the salary under the provisions of Payment of Wages Act, 1936.
Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
Dear Vini, When there is a practice of employees leaving early and no action is being taken so far, straightaway jumping into disciplinary action is not suggested. As suggested by D.Divekar Sir, the first step has to be issue of a circular clearly stating that this is not acceptable and any repetition could result in proportionate wage cut as well as disciplinary action. Although it is not necessary, it is suggested that in the next step a warning memo may be issued by name to each of the defaulters. Thereafter you can deduct wages as well as start disciplinary process as per applicable Standing Orders to deal with the hardnuts.
From India, Mumbai
issue warning letter to the contractor if the workers on contract labour. else you can make attendance system accordingly that mark half day absent if any worker leave duty early 3 times in a week or so.
From India, Gurgaon
There cannot be a common solution for all early leavers. There will be those who have taken officilal permission. There will also be those who are in the habit of leaving early with no reason.
In the latter case each individual needs to be interviewed individually to find out the cause. SInce the reasons would invariably vary it is justified in having different solution for each case.
Preventive mechanism:
1. Signing before leaving. (The register is available only at the appointed time.) Those who do not sign can be warned initially and penalised subsequently.
2. The main gates are locked.
3. No entry/exit say since 1 hour before departure time. (Exceptions: Chairman, CEO, medical emergency).
4. Posting additional security 1 hour before departure time to handle any awkward situations.
5. Adherence to step 2 and 3 at all levels to be followed at all times. .
6. Ensure availabilities of supervisory staff invariably every day 1-2 hours before departure time at place of work.
7 Early leavers to be provided with token/out pass . Yet subject to step 2 and 3.
8 HR policy clearly clarifies how many permissions permissible in a month, beyond which penal deductions applicable. Quantum and scale to be made known to all.
9 Company wide study be undertaken to understand patterns of early leavers, if any.
1o review the impact of these methods after three months..
If early leavers continue please revert back to me .

From India, Chennai
1. Make available subsidized eatables 15 minutes after departure time at the canteen.
2. Make it a practice that any announcements made favourable to the employees are invariably done 15 minutes after departure time.
3. Gates open 5 minutes late.
4.Do not allow road side vendors outside factory premises till 30 minutes after departure time. Help of local civic bodies can be taken in this regard.
5. In case of shift workers entry from a different gate.
Only one or max two exit gate operational depending on the geographical layout of the company as exit gate.

From India, Chennai
Prima facea tackle the case individually not collectively.
From India, Chennai
Dear Vini,
It is not understood why workers go early than regular timing. Whether they completed task alloted to them or have no work to do. How did they exit from the work place and what is the control. Do you have any rules to regulate absentism, late coming and absconding from work place. You can issue warning/caution letter to the workmen found absconding from work place. You can deduct the wages for the day for absconding and regular late coming & leaving work place early is misconduct. You can keep the gate closed till shift is over. You need to examine the case of early exit and to discuss the accorss the section before initiating any action.

From India, Mumbai

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