Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Asst.commissioner Of Labour..a.p.
Tejaswy Reddy
Hr Executive
+4 Others

Thread Started by #Tejaswy Reddy

Hi All, I am working for an Retail company. One employee who is into L1 - CSA. He is target oriented n achieves target, finishes his work in time without any errors. He is good performer but he absconds every month. I counselled him, explained him the career path advantages n disadvantages by doing so...
Any thing more I can do to change his behaviour... What can be done plz instruct...
Waiting for your suggestions.
10th January 2018 From India, Gurgaon
Please find the reason of absconding unless you find this reason working with symptoms of illness will not help.
10th January 2018 From India, Pune
Thanks Prashant for your valuable information. His reasons are more into family issues. He should balance both professional as well personal but he is not able to... What to do..
10th January 2018 From India, Gurgaon
What is mean by Family issues? If possible elaborate on that to help you to come to conclusion.
10th January 2018 From India, Pune
Dear Tejaswy,
Abscondment of the duties nullifies the good performance of the duties. Whatever family issues may be, employee must give primacy to the duties. Yes, depending on the graveness of the problem it is a challenging task nevertheless, there cannot be trade-off with the duties that give employee his bread and butter. Therefore, go ahead and take disciplinary action when that good performer absents next time.
By the way, you need to be given feedback on the way you give piecemeal information. In your first post itself, you should have given complete information on how did you handle the case. Nevertheless, when a regular member like Prashant asks you a question you give crisp reply. This is a bit juvenile-like approach. Professionalism demand giving complete information so that other members are not required to ask too many questions. Hope you elevate standards of your posts.
Dinesh Divekar
10th January 2018 From India, Bangalore
Absence from duty is an act which nullifies good work.
Do not accept it.
Learned member Dineshji is absolutely right.
A firm counselling by his immediate manager and recording the details in documents needs to be done.
Ignoring his absence can cause others to follow suit.
Family issues are no reason to treat his work discipline casually.
He has to balance his work and personal life in his own way.Company time cannot be compromised by his "good" work.
Put him on notice that unauthorised absence will not be acceptable anymore.
10th January 2018 From India, Pune
Dear colleague,
The employee seems to possess positive attitude as displayed in his achieving targets when at work but absconds due to perhaps some compelling family issues( what are they is not stated).
While the company should not lose such an achievement- oriented employee at the same time his absconding attitude needs to be corrected. You need to find out what the real family issues are and whether he really gets bogged down by it or using it as lame excuse.
Find out if giving him some long leave to tackle his issues can help him . I think very skilful counselling which clearly gives message that while he is valuable employee he needs to mend his ways otherwise he will have to face progressively severe punitive action.The focus should be to bring about change in his attitude towards attendance and not in punitive actions which is relied on as a last resort.
Vinayak Nagarkar
11th January 2018 From India, Mumbai
Dear Tejaswy Reddy,
Where is the issue it is not understood from your posting. You are calling him a performer, an achiever achieves the set target, puntuality and puts no work pending for which your business suffer.
When your company's work is not hampering for his absence what bothers you. Too much getting into personal life of any body is indecent. You have already counselled him now to check his absentism fix some financial motivation, if could check. This category of person will defintly choose the priority. Do not strech the string beyoond the elasticity, loss is your's.
11th January 2018 From India, Mumbai
You can not have different policy for good performer and bad performer. If an employee absconds then it is a misconduct and disciplinary action as per the prevailing rule of the company should be initiated. If you don't take any action against him then it will give wrong message to other staff members.
In spite of repeated counselling if he still absconds then you can remove him from your pay roll and you can have a market partner agreement with him.It will be purely on commission basis and he will not come under the purview of regular employment condition. But before that you should understand his psychology correctly and you need to design the agreement in such a way that you both get more.
13th January 2018 From India, Bhubaneswar
Dear colleagues,
I think our advice needs to be focused on how to help him correct his behavior of absconding ( though we don't know how often and the period of absence in a month), without losing such a good performer rather than peripheral issues.
Vinayak Nagarkar
13th January 2018 From India, Mumbai
Hello Tejaswy
I go with Mr.Vinayak's and Mohanty's suggestion. No doubt absconding is not to be condoned but here the reasons for absconding seem to be work-life balance. It is not advisable to loose a performer in the name of discipline as a first alternative.. There is no point having an employee attending office punctually through out year without any contribution.The cost having such an employee is higher than an absconding but a performing employee. So you can tell him that as family is important to an individual but a job is as much important to run a family and that he needs to balance both and absconding from duty is certainly not the solution.Some options you can explore to help him are :
1) As Mr. Vinayak suggested, try giving him leave at the point of need.
2) Explore,as Mohanty suggested, the possibility of providing monitory incentives.
3) Explore the possibility of raising his pay
4) Think of staggering his working hours.
5) Think of allowing him to work from home.
6)See whether his status from 'employee' to 'consultant' can be changed so that he can attend to his family and to his work.
If all these do not work out, look for his replacement.
HR & Labour relations Adviser
Navi Mumbai
14th January 2018 From India, Mumbai
No employee howsoever good and efficient can be bigger than the business.
The employee needs to strike a work life balance for which company can be helpful up to limits.
Giving him special monetary benefits will not be in order as other employees in same cadre will be discriminated by this.
Give him time to sort out his family affairs but never let him feel that he has become so indispensable that company is bending over backwards.
14th January 2018 From India, Pune
Dear colleague,
While my thoughts largely rhyme with some , I do not believe that any monetary incentive will be of help. This is work- life balancing issue and the root cause is in the family. The querist has not brought out what are those compelling reasons in the family which makes him abscond from duty as well as the frequency and period of absence in a month to address this issue.
Absconding means sudden absence from duty without intimation. If he is a good performer then why is he not acting responsibly by making a phone call and intimate?
As has been brought out above, what may effectively work is giving him leave, change of duty timings, work from home for some time, but get him to agree to the suggestion and take responsibility for changing his behavior.
As aptly said, if nothing works , bid him goodbye.
Vinayak Nagarkar
14th January 2018 From India, Mumbai
we r moving to 22 century...forget the usual formalities . In usa and so companies do not even expe cting daily online attendance atleast.. Only the required given targets fufilled by the concerned gentleman or not.
Even in monthly company rreview meetings the boss says. Good morning gentlemen...
It is once dear colleagues ..my dear co employees like that...
So ..younger generation is of completion of targets... Your work is finish dont harass me more like govt.depts' fake loyalty.
Though absconding is not at all a good feature on part of any employee of any firm though he is a good worker..try to set right him orally cautions.. Give him normal memos like some particu lar days you have not attended my call when i was with our m.d.or boss.. Like that..
Wait for recovering from his problems...dont pressure him.slower w ay of change is welcomed..
3rd March 2018 From India, Nellore
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