Original Date: 05/08/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Presenteeism Program
A program was implemented at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA)-St. Louis in 1984 as an incentive to encourage and recognize those employees who achieve perfect attendance. Full-time employees are recognized through three separate award opportunities including annual recognition awards, awards for multiple year continuous attendance, and drawing awards.
Awards can be anything from a certificate and a pin for one year perfect attendance to $175 award for perfect attendance above five years. After five consecutive years of perfect attendance, there is a bonus of $325 in addition to the $175 annual award. At ten consecutive years, MDA-St. Louis awards the employee $675 plus the $175 annual award, as well as 2 additional days of paid vacation. The drawing awards take place twice a year. Employees with six months of perfect attendance place their names in a "hat" for one of 63 prizes that range from three awards of a $4000 bonus plus five additional days of vacation, to fifty awards of $175 each.
This program has been successful for over ten years. Improvement has been steady from a 17.5% perfect attendance record in 1984 to 56.4% in 1994. These statistics translate into real productivity improvement per dollar expended.
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