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Male millennials are the worst UK workers for punctuality

Written by Fahima Begum on Monday, 03 June 2019. Posted in HR, People

Being tardy for work happens in every business but according to Deputy’s new Late to Work Report, male millennials are the most likely to be the last ones through the door

Male millennials are the worst UK workers for punctuality

It’s broadly known everything from poor personal hygiene to leaving rotten food in the fridge can cause commotion among colleagues and within the company itself. And whether you run a small or large business, you’ll know the pain of employees arriving late. Drilling into the latter further, workforce management solution Deputy has produced a Late to Work report detailing the punctuality of hourly-paid workers in the UK, Australia and US.

The analysis of over two million shifts between March 2018 and March 2019 found overall that 52% of British employees arrived late for their shift at least once last year, which spiked to 69% in Scotland while 73% of Welsh workers clocked in early at least once. And in terms of different generations, the UK’s male millennials were late most often with 76% tardy at least once over the period which is a stark difference to female baby boomers aged 55 to 75 who started 99% of shifts on time.

Elsewhere, Deputy’s study also found that Brits were later to work in January than counterparts in Australia and America, presumably struggling to find the will to return to work after Christmas. However, they turned things around in February when they were the earliest of the three nations to arrive at work.

Commenting on the research, David Kelly, general manager for EMEA at Deputy, said:“In the UK, we depend on shift workers for a huge range of services, particularly in the hospitality, retail and healthcare sectors. But for British businesses, both large and small, managing complex shifts and tracking hours worked can be difficult and time-consuming. Employees who run even slightly late can seriously disrupt the day-to-day operations of these businesses, as well as impact fellow team members who have to cover for their colleagues.” 

It’s easy to see and understand why it’s frustrating for business owners to experience these disruptions in their operations. At the same time they should also factor in their could be underlying issues if continual lateness is occurring because stress and mental health are factors that employers have a responsibility to keep on top of. 

About the Author

Fahima Begum

Fahima Begum

As a current English student at Queen Mary University of London, Fahima has joined the Elite team as an editorial intern to enhance her skills in journalism. Alongside writing, she loves to read and her favourite author is Khaled Hosseini 

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