Dealing With Unacceptable Excuses for Being Late

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-02-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    The majority of CIOs and other executives expect workers to show up on the job on time every day, but many employees struggle to get into work on time.
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    53% of the employers surveyed expect their workers to be on time every day, and 41% said they've fired someone for being late.
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    Just 18% said that if their employees get the job done, they don't need to be punctual.
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    29% of the employees surveyed said they're late for work at least once a month, and 16% are late for work at least once a week.
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    Top Reasons for Lateness
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    Top Reasons for Lateness

    Traffic: 49%, Oversleeping: 32%, Bad weather: 26%
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    Antiquated Idea

    64% of the employers and employees surveyed believe that the concept of working 9 to 5 is outdated.
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    Outrageous Excuses for Being Late: Calendar Conflict
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    Outrageous Excuses for Being Late: Calendar Conflict

    "I forgot it wasn't the weekend."
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    "I thought Flag Day was a legal holiday."
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    "The wind blew the deck off my house."
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    "I was cornered by a moose."
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    "My pet turtle needed to visit the exotic animal clinic."
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    "My mother locked me in the closet."
 

Maybe the whole flex-work thing hasn't caught on after all. The majority of CIOs and other executives expect staffers to show up on the job on time every day, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. A significant number of these executives have even terminated a staffer for chronic lateness. However, many employees confess that they still struggle to get into work on time every day. As for the reasons why, look no further than the "usual suspects" here: traffic, weather and, yes, oversleeping. It's also challenging for some employees to adhere to a set schedule when the majority of managers and employees believe that the 9-to-5 workday is a thing of the past. To avoid confusion and potential conflict, CIOs should clearly state their office policies regarding lateness in writing, so everyone knows what's acceptable and what isn't. As an added bonus, CareerBuilder has included real-life outrageous excuses for showing up late to work, and we've included a number of those here. More than 2,600 hiring and HR managers and 3,400 employees took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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