Outrageous Excuses for Being Late to Work

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-19-2016 Email

If you're like most managers, then you probably have to deal with certain staffers who make a habit of being late to work: A significant share of employees come in late at least once a month—if not weekly, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. That's not to say that modern professionals are expected to show up every day at 9 a.m.—the whole "9 to 5" thing is widely considered passé by employees and employers alike. However, there are general expectations for schedule accountability, and most managers require team members to show up on time every day. Many, in fact, have fired someone for being late, findings reveal. As part of the research, CareerBuilder has also compiled a list of "outrageous late excuses," and we've included some of those here. They involve everything from wild animals to wardrobe malfunctions to, yes, even dangerous hair dryers. (And just when you think YOU'VE heard it all …) Nearly 2,600 hiring and HR managers and more than 3,250 employees took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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