All present and accounted for? If not, you may want to rethink your attendance policy

Employee attendance problems are probably the most common reason for disciplinary action and discharge. Yet many employers pay surprisingly little attention to their attendance policies. I often see policies consisting of generic, vaguely worded language that looks like it has been cut and pasted without much thought to the content. That's too bad because careful messaging regarding your attendance expectations and requirements can really help curb attendance issues as well as give you solid grounds for discipline and termination if those expectations and requirements aren't met. This will put you in a better position to contest unemployment claims and defend wrongful termination claims. Having helped clients develop and tweak their attendance policies over the years, I have come up with a list of suggestions that hopefully will inspire you to give your own policy a once-over to see if it is doing the job for you.

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