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.

 
 
 
  • Personal Preferences

    48% of employers expect their staffers to be on time every day, while 34% say it's fine to be late every once in a while as long as it doesn't become a pattern.
    Personal Preferences
  • Singular Measurement

    18% don't care how their employees manage their time, saying all that matters is that they do their jobs well.
    Singular Measurement
  • Dismissed for Cause

    35% have fired an employee for tardiness.
    Dismissed for Cause
  • All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Out All Night

    An employee confessed to waking up on the front lawn of a house two blocks away from his home.
    All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Out All Night
  • All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Potty Training

    A worker's cat got stuck in the toilet.
    All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Potty Training
  • All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Vision Challenged

    A staffer accidentally put super glue in her eye instead of contact-lens solution, and had to go to the emergency room.
     All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Vision Challenged
  • All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Scary Notion

    An employee thought Halloween was a work holiday.
    All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Scary Notion
  • All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Poor-ous Explanation

    A worker said there was a hole in the roof, which caused rain to fall on the alarm clock and, as a result, it didn't go off.
    All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Poor-ous Explanation
  • All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Misdirected

    An employee forgot the company had changed locations.
    All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Misdirected
  • All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Wild Kingdom

    A worker claimed a zebra was running up and down the highway, holding up traffic. (But this excuse turned out to be true.)
    All-Time Inventive Late Excuses: Wild Kingdom
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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