There are many reasons employees say they’re late for work, but American employers have heard some strange excuses over the years.
According to a survey from CareerBuilder, here are some of the most memorable excuses they’ve received from workers who showed up late:
- Employee claimed a zebra was running down the highway and held up traffic (turned out to be true);
- Employee woke up on the front lawn of a house two blocks away from his home;
- Employee’s cat got stuck in the toilet;
- Employee couldn’t eat breakfast because he ran out of milk for cereal and had to buy some before getting ready for work;
- Employee was late to work because he fell asleep in the car when he got to work;
- Employee accidentally put superglue in her eye instead of contact lens solution and had to go to the emergency room;
- Employee thought Halloween was a work holiday;
- Employee said a hole in the roof caused rain to fall on the alarm clock and it didn’t go off;
- Employee was watching something on TV and really wanted to see the end;
- Employee forgot that the company had changed locations;
- Employee got a hairbrush stuck in her hair; and
- Employee was scared by a nightmare.
The survey also reveals the normal excuses for their tardiness. Traffic remains the most common reason employees say they’re late (39%), followed by lack of sleep (19%), problems with public transportation (8%), bad weather (7%) and dropping the kids off at daycare or school (6%).
“Most employers understand that occasionally things pop up and cause employees to be behind schedule,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice-president of HR at CareerBuilder. “The trouble comes when tardiness becomes a habit.”
Running a little late could have big repercussions. Thirty-five percent of employers have fired an employee for tardiness, and 48% of employers expect their employees to be on time every day.
Thirty-four percent say they allow employees to be late every once in a while, as long as tardiness doesn’t become a pattern, and 18% don’t care how their employees manage their time, just that they get their work done well.
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