Outrageous Excuses for Being Late to Work

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-19-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Just when you think you’ve heard it all, these excuses involve everything from wild animals to wardrobe malfunctions to, yes, even dangerous hair dryers.
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    Dependably Undependable
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    Dependably Undependable

    25% of workers say they come in late to work at least once a month, and 13% say they do so once a week.
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    Reasonable Tradeoff
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    Reasonable Tradeoff

    62% of those who arrive late will stay after-hours to make up for it.
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    Most Common Late Excuses
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    Most Common Late Excuses

    Traffic: 53%, Oversleeping: 33%, Bad weather: 28%
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    Out of Time
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    Out of Time

    Two of every three employees and employers feel that the concept of working 9 to 5 is an antiquated practice.
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    Staunch Standard, Part I

    51% of employers expect employees to be on time every day, even though most feel '9 to 5' is outdated.
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    41% of employers have fired someone for being late.
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    Outrageous Late Excuses: Snowbound
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    Outrageous Late Excuses: Snowbound

    "There was fresh powder on the hill. I had to go skiing."
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    Outrageous Late Excuses: Animal Kingdom

    "A black bear entered my carport and decided to take a nap on the hood of my car."
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    "All of my clothes were stolen."
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    Outrageous Late Excuses: Blown Away
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    Outrageous Late Excuses: Blown Away

    "My hair caught on fire from my blow dryer."
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    "I thought of quitting today, but then decided not to, so I came in late."
 

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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