Seven All-Time Inventive Late Excuses From Workers

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-24-2014 Email Print this article Print

CIOs and other managers value accountability, and showing up for work on time remains a reliable testimony to one's sense of personal responsibility. That said, certain workers can't seem to get the hang of professional punctuality: Nearly one-quarter of employees admit to being tardy at least once a month on average, and 15 percent say they do so at least once a week, according to recent survey research from CareerBuilder. As for the top reasons why, commuting traffic leads the pack, as cited by 39 percent of workers, followed by a lack of sleep (19 percent); problems with the subway and other forms of public transportation (8 percent); bad weather (7 percent); and the need to drop children off at daycare or school (6 percent). So, as a CIO, how do you know when a lateness is just one of those things that happen from time to time and when it's a serious situation? It's a subjective call. But if it's happening all the time—and the work consequently suffers—then it's likely time for address the situation head-on. "Most employers understand that occasionally things pop up and cause employees to be behind schedule," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "The trouble comes when tardiness becomes a habit." More than 2,200 hiring managers and HR professionals and 3,000 workers took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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