1. “Oh it’s Wednesday? I thought it was Saturday so I didn’t get up for work.” Honest that is what this individual said when I called him after his department was concerned that he was over an hour late. I informed him that in fact it was Wednesday and he needed to get into work soon.
2. “The zipper broke on my skirt and I didn’t have any pins to keep it together.” Okay I understand at the last minute the zipper breaks but no pins in the house? No other outfits? Quick change maybe and call and let your department know you are going to be late? It is a good thing we have “Fashion Tape” now…saves time.
3. “I have to call in when I am sick?” I know I had gone over this in orientation and it seems that you would want your department manager to know why you were not at work. I have found that many employees do not realize the impact this has on others as they worry the employee have been in a car accident or sick and cannot move ... all sorts of things run through our minds. So please call in so we know you are okay.
4. When an employee was not seen in his department for over an hour the manager became concerned. I asked his co-workers if they had seen him. One answered “he went to the bathroom but never came back.” I asked if they had checked the bathroom to make sure he was okay. No they hadn’t so I had one of the men go in and check. He wasn’t there and when I called his home later he had decided he didn’t want to work anymore. It was his first day.
These are extreme examples and as I said before most people who are late for work or not present are either really sick or overslept. Who of us can say we never overslept. I hit the doze button at least 5 times before I am alive.
My point is to make sure if you are sick or going to be late to call in first thing in the morning. Even if you get an answering machine leave a message. Call your manager and your human resource/agency contact so someone will know what is going on. If you are too sick to call please make sure someone else does it for you.
Believe it or not we care!