Extreme Excuses for Late Employees

According to Staffing Industry Analysts, a quarter of workers admitted they come in late to work at least once a month in a recent CareerBuilder survey, down from 29% in last year’s survey. And 12% said it’s a weekly occurrence.

The survey also queried employers on the most outrageous excuses from late employees. Those excuses included:

  • It’s too cold to work.
  • I had morning sickness (it was a man).
  • My coffee was too hot and I couldn’t leave until it cooled off.
  • An astrologer warned me of a car accident on a major highway, so I took all backroads, making me an hour late.
  • My dog ate my work schedule.
  • I was here, but I fell asleep in the parking lot.
  • My fake eyelashes were stuck together.
  • Although it has been five years, I forgot I did not work at my former employer’s location and drove there on accident.

In general, the usual suspects are to blame for why employees are late to work: traffic, 51%; oversleeping, 31%; bad weather, 28%; too tired to get out of bed, 23%; and forgetting something, 13%.

The majority of employers, 60%, said they expect employees to be on time every day — and 43% have fired someone for being late, up slightly from 41% in last year’s survey percent last year.

Perhaps to stay on employers’ good sides, 65% of workers who arrive late will stay later to make up for it, although that is down from 69% last year. Sixty-three percent of workers say they believe working 9 to 5 is an antiquated practice, and 88% think start and end times should be flexible.

The US survey included 1,014 hiring and human resource managers and 809 employees. The Harris Poll conducted the online survey on behalf of CareerBuilder between Nov. 28 and Dec. 20, 2017.

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