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How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?
Proper planning will get you far, but sometimes life happens and you'll need a plan B. Think about some of the variables in your life that could affect your attendance at work. Sick children, traffic, car breakdowns... the list goes on. Most likely one of these issues has affected you before. How did you handle it? It may not be possible for everything to work out so smoothly, getting your shift covered or still making it to work on time. Your interviewer is looking to see that you are proactive and that you can handle the stress of unexpected situations that can arise.
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"I stay calm and composed when issues arise. I got rear ended one time on the way to work. I called my boss immediately and then called one of my co-workers to see if they could fill in for me for the first couple hours of my shift."

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User-Submitted Answers

How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?
I tried to schedule my appointments around the doctors schedule. That way patient care would be less interupted.
Once or twice in two years.
None at Banner. I rarely miss work for being sick and it may be 1 day in a year, I find that if I take periodic 3 or 4 day weekends using my vacation time, I rarely get sick.
Very few. Maybe 1 day a year.
I have a great work attendance record.
I did not miss much work at my last job. The only time that I called in was when I got really sick with pneumonia.
I prep as much as I can the night before, so if it ever came up it is easy to pick up where I left off, a flu is never predictable unless it is the night before, I would call supervisor and let them know, if it was ever necessary.
There are some time situations that you can not help avoid but if I know that there are things that can cause me to be late I'll ensure to avoid them by preparing the day before. For example the wether can cause you to be late to work. So I'll be mindful to head out earlier form home to ensure I make it to work on time.
I try to notify my employer as far ahead of time as possible if I might be late or miss work.
If the situation is out of my control, I will call my manager ahead of time and let them know that I may be late to work.
Call the supervisor. However, I rarely miss work and I'm very punctual.
Communicate with work if it's something I can't control. But if it something j can control I would make the necessary changes to avoid being last.
Do my best to thwart them, and if they cannot be avoided, call in with notice.
Definitely calling ahead of time to be professional at all times.
I always try to avoid these things. But in our day with family and illnesses that can occur, I will either call and try to make arrangements or ask for some assistance.