What are the advantages and disadvantages of attendance incentives?

There are both advantages and disadvantages to a system of incentives for attendance. The obvious advantage is that the incentive will act to discourage casual absence. On the downside, the incentive might be perceived as unfair by, for example, employees who have come to regard the incentive as part of normal pay and who then have to take time off sick. Additionally, there is the possibility that employees who are sick may be tempted to struggle into work rather than taking time off. Before implementing attendance incentives, management should consult employees or their representatives and consider the implications carefully.