Unwarranted overtime

There’s always one employee who…

… hangs around to earn some unwarranted overtime

Welcome to Part 1 of our new monthly series, in which we are going to explore the annoying habits of certain employees (who shall always remain nameless, of course) and show you how uAttend has helped clients to deal with these issues successfully and without drama.

We all know that employees aren’t perfect: no one is. Part of dealing with a workforce is taking the rough with the smooth, remembering why you hired the person in the first place and also trying to weed out problematic patterns of behaviour that have a knock-on effect on other staff members and your business operation in general.

So, each month we are going to take one real-life issue that has been brought to us by clients, but that will, without doubt, affect many more of you out there, and explain how uAttend’s software has been able to tackle the problem in an effective way.

Today’s article deals with the employee who hangs around longer than necessary, to accrue overtime.

Ask yourself this: are you aware of any workers who arrive early, clock in, then go and have breakfast before actually getting down to any work? Or finish their work but stay back in the office chatting with colleagues, perhaps even getting changed to go to the gym, but don’t actually clock out until a good 10-15 minutes later?

If so, friend, then you don’t need us to tell you that this is costing your business money that you absolutely don’t need to be spending, every single day. And if a few employees do the same thing, you’d be surprised (spoiler alert: not pleasantly) how quickly those extra minutes turn into tens of hours of overtime. The bottom line is – why should you spend this money if you don’t have to?

You may have noticed this in your own company. Perhaps the employee(s) in question is nice, a good worker, and you don’t want to cause an upset by bringing it up, or don’t actually know how best to tackle the issue.

The good news? uAttend can do it for you. Here’s how:

If you have specific hours of work, for example 9am – 5pm, you can set a schedule for each department. This will still allow your employees to clock in up to an hour early, or clock out late at the end of the day, but, crucially, they won’t actually begin accruing time until the time you have set as the start of the shift.

If you have various departments (or sites, if you work in construction, for example), and each works slightly different hours, you can set a different schedule for each – just make sure your employees are correctly included in the correct department.

You can also choose the window of time you’d like to create before and after each shift – this can be 15 minutes, half an hour or up to an hour. If they’re still at work after this window of time comes to an end, then overtime would kick in. Likewise, if they arrive two hours early, the first hour would count as overtime – but if they’re doing this, you may need a separate chat with them in any case, to find out why.

This is just one way in which uAttend can seamlessly help you to create a far smoother and more efficient business operation, but there are many other benefits to using uAttend. To find out more, why not book yourself a free online demo?

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