In our company we wanted to reduce the amount of days people missed work. One of the biggest excuses for missing work where we had one of our companies was snow. We would have huge snows and people would call off work because they said they couldn’t make it to work. So we instituted a “No Excuse Snow Day” policy. We made it the responsibility of our workers to either arrange with us or with someone a way that they could make it to work. It is only common sense to watch the weather so we asked our employees to pay attention to coming bad weather and make arrangements. Maybe they knew someone with a four wheel drive who would agree to bring them to work in the case of a large snow. Or maybe they arranged to stay with a friend in town near work. In some cases we arranged to pick up some employees. For our part we made sure the “snow day” was fun. We put out hot chocolate, orange juice and donuts and created a warm and exciting atmosphere.
This practice is listed as #11 in our 192 Common Sense Success Practices. We call it “Bikini Day.” The idea is that if you want to decrease people skipping work you have to do two things: You have to be serious about not tolerating absenteeism and you have create an environment that rewards people for their dedication. You accomplish the first thing by being clear about what you expect and providing good guidance and resources for fulfilling this expectation. The second thing you do is on these high risk days you make it fun to be at work. If you are in Indiana maybe you provide hot chocolate and donuts. If you are in Florida and it is the first hot, beautiful day of spring, maybe you promise cold, fruit smoothies and invite everyone to wear their swimsuits. Call it “Bikini Day!”