Attendance Policy Definition

A business’s attendance policy details attendance-related standards, such as attendance rules and the consequences of failing to adhere to the rules.

Attendance Policy Extended Definition
A written attendance policy is generally part of an employee handbook. It ensures a company has adequate staff during the business day by detailing things like:

  • Attendance definition
  • Absence definition
  • Tardiness and leaving early
  • Shift covers
  • Disciplinary action
  • Process for requesting time off

The term “attendance policy” is often used interchangeably with absenteeism policy, but there are some differences worth noting. A traditional attendance policy tends to focus solely on attendance rather than potential contributing factors to employees being absent from work. Attendance policies are also generally simpler to enforce and follow a black-and-white approach to attendance.

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Last Updated By

Rachel Blakely-Gray | Feb 14, 2023

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