There are mornings when time is not on your side.
If you can’t seem to conquer the snooze button, ward off wardrobe issues or avoid traffic, know that you’re not alone: More than one in five (23 percent) of workers come in late at least once a month, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder, with 14 percent saying it’s a weekly occurrence. Traffic is the most common culprit (50 percent), followed by lack of sleep (30 percent) and bad weather (26 percent). Three in 10 workers lie about their reasons for being late, according to CareerBuilder.
When you can’t beat the clock, it’s usually best to be honest. In some cases, this means explaining the strange sequence of events that led to your car’s empty tank or missing trunk. Employers shared with CareerBuilder some of the most outrageous excuses they’ve received for an employee’s tardiness. See all 10 above.
One-third of employers don’t mind the occasional late arrival, according to CareerBuildeer. Sixteen percent said employees don’t need to be punctual as long as they get their work done. (Fifty-nine percent of workers stay late to make up for arriving late.) Still, 41 percent of employers said they have fired a worker for being late.
Harris Poll conducted the survey on behalf of CareerBuilder with 2,192 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,056 workers between Nov. 4 and Dec. 2, 2014.