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How to address an employee who is always late or absent

Johnny C Taylor Jr.

Attendance issues can be particularly frustrating in workplaces where there is a persistent shortage of skilled workers.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. takes on a series for your human resource needs US TODAY. Taylor is President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest human resource society, and the author of Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.

Questions are reader-submitted, and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity.

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Question: I am the manager of a small team. My newest employee has shown attendance issues since she started. She is often late and sometimes absent. Since this is a small team, I need your presence to do our job. What should I do? – Basement, cellar

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