5 Reasons to Thank Your Team for Blowing Off a Shift

As an employer, you might cringe anytime you hear a staff member trying to get out of work. “Take my shift,” becomes their battle cry, echoing through the breakroom and down the hall. They talk of excellent weather instead of excel sheets and powder over PowerPoint. Even if you’re a laidback boss, it’s difficult to find appreciation for this. After all, you hire workers with the idea that they will, in fact, work.

Still, there are times when their absence can be beneficial, times when a missing employee actually works out in the long run. So, before you get too upset that Fickle Fred called in (yet again), keep the following perks in mind:

If they’re sick, calling in protects your staff.

If an employee is indeed sick, their refusal to come in protects the rest of your staff. From the seasonal flu to strep throat, many maladies spread easily in tight-quarters. It’s better if one employee is sick rather than all of them.

If they’re sick, calling in protects your image.

A company filled with sick employees isn’t good for your public image. This is particularly true if you’re involved in the food or beverage industry. No patron wants to order their burger and fries from someone who is coughing and sneezing. We’re sure you can guess why.

If they’re healthy, calling in provides a break.

If your worker isn’t really ill, their nonattendance isn’t necessarily bad. Employees are never immune to burnout; people aren’t designed for all work and no play. Sometimes, a day off is what it takes to put out the flames.

If they won’t work, calling in saves you money.

An employee who blows off a shift might cost you cash in some cases,  but most often, an absent worker has the potential to save you money. Calling in either forces them to take personal leave or forfeit their paycheck altogether.

This is much more ideal than the staff member who shows up but fails to work. You shouldn’t have to pay a receptionist to ignore the phones in favor of playing FreeCell.

If they need balance, calling in encourages productivity.

A day off every now and then is good for your employees and good for your business. Allowing them to balance their personal lives with their work lives encourages productivity. When people have time to enjoy their passions, they put more effort into their responsibilities. For many, harmony is the key to happiness, and a happy worker is a productive one.

Employees who sporadically miss work might be doing you a favor. Rather than mandating steadfast attendance, encourage openness and courtesy, instead. Ask your workers to get their shift covered if they’re not coming, and be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to learn more about how you can help your staff find equilibrium between their job and their joy.