Dale Watson
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For the Week of
October 29, 1998

Time Means Money

A point of concern that I hear from numerous managers of business and farms is the question of "Where can I find quality employees?" When asked what they mean by this statement, they immediately refer to those employees who can be counted on to be present and on time at the start of the work day.

Time is money to everyone. This is not new. Regardless of the type of employment you have, being present and on time is very important. Being 10 minutes late each day for a week adds up to almost one hour for a five-day work week. Someone must pay for this time lost if a clock isn't being punched. In the long run this shortfall in time is paid by the consumer. Even if a time clock is being used for recording time worked, when an individual is late this frequently puts the entire day later for other employees. An example of this would be one or more individuals waiting for a late arrival before they could proceed to a work site for plumbing, electrical, carpet laying or just plain feeding livestock.

How do we instill in employees the importance of being at work on time and being dependable throughout the day? Serving the public and knowing what is available for the customers keeps the business running at a profitable margin for the business manager. This is not easily conveyed to many individuals who continuously use the work day to their advantage. Managers who are forced to reduce their productivity due to the lack of employee dependability have a negative effect on the surrounding area. A small loss at one management facility has a tendency to snowball into other businesses ranging from gas stations to supermarts to clothing stores to eating facilities.

University of Missouri ExtensionDale's Country Trails - October 29, 1998
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