A common employee problem is tardiness, and a common solution is docking pay.
Tardiness is one of the most common employee discipline issues. Almost everyone is late at one time or another. In the case of hourly employees, a common solution is to dock the pay for each minute or portion of an hour an employee is late.
Docking pay is a reasonable consequence for tardiness, but it is very important that it be fairly enforced. First of all, there must be a time clock that records employee in and out times, and time cards used for calculating pay. These need to be strictly enforced, so employees do not cover for each other by punching one another’s card. The time clock and card should be kept near the supervisor’s area.
It is important that employees have a discussion with supervisors so there is no sense of unfairness. We do not want to create bad feelings. When an employee is late, the supervisor should make an attempt to understand the reason and help the employee problem solve. It should also be clear that after a certain number of tardy days, termination or other serious consequences may result, perhaps after other serious disciplianry action such as a write-up in the employee's file.