Do You Have Perfect Attendance?

by Krantcents · 33 comments

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In eleven years, I have nearly perfect attendance.  How about you?  Do you like to go to work?  How do you feel about Mondays?  Do you look forward to go to work or are you thinking about the next weekend?  Do you wake up with a smile on your face ready to go to work?  Believe it or not, there are people who like their job!  Are you one of them?


According to Forbes 70% of people do not like their job!  Do you think they will come to work every day?  If you like your job, you are more likely to go to work every day.  The opposite is equally true.  If you hate your job, you will probably be absent more.  Does your company have attendance rewards?  Before my school budget was cut, I used to receive two (2) movie tickets or a $10 Starbucks gift card for perfect attendance each semester.  Do you think employees show up every day just because of these token rewards?

Work Ethic?

Do people who come to work every day have a better work ethic than the ones who call in sick?  Companies give 5-10 sick days a year, why shouldn’t you take them?  Many companies have shifted to calling these days personal time.  They know that many employees need personal time off for doctor’s appointments, children events or other personal issues.  Why make the employee lie and say they are sick.  Does it matter, if you have perfect attendance or not?

Employer Perspective

As a boss, the ideal employee is someone who does their job well and is dependable.  What does dependable mean to you?  In my entrepreneurial days when I owned a restaurant, I needed dependable employees that showed up for their shift, work to the best of their ability doing their job.  All this for minimum wage, am I expecting too much?  Do minimum wage employees love their job or just need the money?  Obviously, they need the money!  I did not offer sick time to my employees.

Soft Skills

Is there a difference between hourly and salaried employees?  Should it matter if you are paid by the hour or you receive a salary?  Salaried employees are generally paid whether they are there or not.  Of course there is a limitation based on company policy on time off.  Many companies have policies for hourly workers for sick and time off.  A good work ethic is a soft skill that we would want every employee to possess.  In most cases, it follows with other soft skills we want employees to have such as self management skills and people skills.

Paid Time Off

Some enlightened employers provide paid time off at the discretion of the employee.  In other words, the employee receives a set number of days to be used at the employee’s discretion for sick, personal or vacation.  There is built in incentive if you do not need to take personal or sick time, you have more vacation time.  There are many differences between organizations, but management thinks the employee can manage their lives within limits.  It rewards employees who come to work every day with additional time off.

Final Thoughts

Do you have to have perfect attendance to show you love your job?  No, of course not!  If you start the week looking forward to next weekend, you probably do not love your job.  If you do not love your job, you will look for excuses to take time off.  You know what I mean, that sniffle seems like the flu and you need three (3) days off to recover.  I knew employees who would take a Friday off as a mental health day.  For the record, I took time off, but it was planned.  Do you think successful people are always thinking about time off?  If you are unhappy with your career or job, look for another job, don’t call in sick!  Perfect attendance is not for the few crazy people, but indicative of people who love their job.

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Money Infant March 7, 2012 at 1:51 am

I like to think that perfect attendance is a reflection of a good work ethic, but that is because I have had a perfect attendance record. And I even hated that job by the time I left.

That being said, those who are sick and contagious should definitely forgo their work ethic and stay home so the rest of us don’t get sick.

Krantcents March 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

Being a teacher, I am exposed to illness all the time. I use hand sanitizer a lot and avoid getting sick. You are right, a good work ethic does help, but not liking your job will affect everybody.

WorkSaveLive March 7, 2012 at 7:56 am

Even when I worked a job that I disliked, I still had perfect attendance. Now, I will admit I was in sales and didn’t have much accountability and slacked off on occasion. That was certainly due to my disdain for the job.

Now, I love my job and I work an extraordinary amount of hours. Despite the workload I still enjoy getting up every day and look forward to “work.” No slacking off anymore for me!

Krantcents March 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

Generally, poor attendance is a sign of not liking their job. Sometimes a poor work ethic will distort that though. In sales, a poor performance can also identify disliking their job.

MoneyCone March 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

I can’t say I have perfect attendance, but I can say I like my job!

Krantcents March 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Attendance is but just one indication of not liking your job.

maria@moneyprinciple March 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

I am on sabbatical at the moment but if being at my desk every morning at 6am (including Sunday) counts as perfect attendance – yes, I do.

Krantcents March 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

I could use a sabbatical right now. Good job! Good attendance is just one indicator that you like what you do.

Thad P @ March 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I am fortunate enough to work at a great company. I don’t have perfect attendance, but it is not because I don’t like the job. I certainly love going to work, but occasionally am sick (sometimes my back is out). Most times I still work remotely.

Krantcents March 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Attendance is just one indicator of whether you like your job or not. I wish I could work remotely, but they won’t let me teach secondary school remotely.

Barbara Friedberg March 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Actually, I love to work and have difficulty taking time off. That said, I have control over my work situation which leads to feelings of satisfaction. I am very fortunate.

Krantcents March 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I like to work too! I think it is the routine, maybe it is the interaction or that feeling of accomplishment. As a teacher, I noticed that I was very few who volunteered to work summers or intersession. I still get at least 6 weeks off.

average guy March 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm

perfect attendance? you’ve got to be kidding…

dentist, doctor, illness, car, plumbing, contractors, voting, relatives from out of town, weddings, funerals, and so on.

Life happens. Work is only one thing, even if I may like what I do or what company I work for.

Krantcents March 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Many of those things can be planned to occur during off time or an occasional Friday off. I go to doctors, dentists haircuts and other things after work or during vacations.

John@MoneyPrinciple March 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Not to forget of course that there are good employees – and good employers. If you hate your job because of the employer’s attitude, don’t be surprised if you want to throw a sickie every so often. I suspect the best employers have much lower sickness rates. As you sow, so shall you reap…

Krantcents March 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

The best employers are fairly liberal with their personal time. If you do not abuse it, you can use it as vacation.

MyMoneyDesign March 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I stayed at home from work today to care of my sick son, so I guess I blew it with my attendance :) In all seriousness, I take every advantage I can to use my vacation days. It’s not that I dislike work. But I’ve come to realize the value of time off.

Krantcents March 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I love time off, but I hate to waste it on illness. So I keep myself as healthy as I can. I managed to avoid your typical bad colds, flu and allergies so far.

Glen Craig March 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm

When I started my cube job I would call out for anything. I just wasn’t that motivated to go. But as I corrected my attitude I found that I started to take more pride in my work and I started moving up the corp. ladder.

Krantcents March 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm

What if it is more than attitude? Maybe it is the wrong company or you are in the wrong job. Better to switch than hate going to work!

Marissa @ Thirty Six Months March 9, 2012 at 1:21 am

I work for a company that allows me to work from home once/twice a week so I fully take advantage of that. As far as perfect attendance goes, no I don’t, but mostly because I know when/if I am contagious and getting my colleagues sick is not something I want to.

Krantcents March 9, 2012 at 6:36 am

I manage to avoid getting sick, but I would not go to work with a fever. Attendance is one indicator of whether you like your job or not.

Bryan at Pinch that Penny! March 9, 2012 at 10:54 am

My job has a set number of vacation days, but we have a unlimited number of paid sick days (though I’ve heard that HR looks unkindly towards those who go through more than 5 sick days every 6 months).

Because of my understanding of the HR understanding about sick time, it’s almost like leaving money on the table to not take a sick day every once in a while (not that I abuse the system…I think I’ve only taken 2 or 3 days in the last year).

Krantcents March 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Leaving money on the table! It sounds like the policy is not working in a positive manner. Benefits should encourage positive behavior. Sick or absense affects everybody’s job.

Robert @ The College Investor March 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I had perfect attendance in high school, and almost perfect attendance in 10 years at my job. I think it says a lot about someone who comes to work everyday no matter what.

Krantcents March 11, 2012 at 7:48 am

I think it is reflective of ether you like your job or a great work ethic. Either way, it is an asset.

Invest It Wisely March 13, 2012 at 8:47 am

I think it helps if the company doesn’t treat the slacker and performer equally. If you get the same raises, compensation, etc… whether you have perfect attendance or not, put in the effort or not, then eventually what happens is that overall performance drops as people get demotivated.

Krantcents March 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

Every company has a attendance/sick policy. The enlightened ones combine it with vacation and call it personal time off. It encourages you to not cll in sick because you can use it as vacation. I can bank my sick time and when I retire I will have nearly a year’s worth. Not a bad incentive to be at work, although I like my job (most of the time).

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