Why Employees Show Up Late to Work, Per CareerBuilder Report

By  | The Business Journals |

One in four employees is late to work at least once a month, and their excuses range from the transportation issues to falling asleep outside their office building, according to a report from CareerBuilder.

The majority of employees – 63% – believe adhering to a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule is an antiquated practice, but 65% said they would stay late if they arrived late.

CareerBuilder surveyed more than 800 private-sector employees and more than 1,000 hiring and human resource managers through The Harris Poll.

Managers shared the most outrageous tardiness excuses they’ve heard:

  • It’s too cold to work.
  • I had morning sickness (it was a man).
  • My coffee was too hot and I couldn’t leave until it cooled off.
  • An astrologer warned me of a car accident on a major highway, so I took all backroads, making me an hour late.
  • My dog ate my work schedule.
  • I was here, but I fell asleep in the parking lot.
  • My fake eyelashes were stuck together.
  • Although it has been five years, I forgot I did not work at my former employer’s location and drove there accidentally.

Read more at The Business Journals.