During a recent conversation the practice of rewarding 100% attendance cropped up.

On the face of it this seems like a great idea, as it is an acknowledgement for employees who don’t fake an illness to get a day off work.

There is an obvious downside too. Some employees will attend while ill, and have zero regard for their fellow employees, whom they may infect.

Instead of having one employee out sick, the employer could now be faced with a much greater problem. A manufacturer may have to halt a line. An office may have to close down.

In my opinion attendance rates should not be acknowledged, but contributions beyond what are stipulated in a contract could be.