Since 25% of employees admit they are late to work at least once a month and 13% say it happens weekly, it raises the question as to whether the traditional 9-5 work schedule is applicable anymore.
CareerBuilder’s annual study of why employees are late to work posed this question. Approximately 2 in 3 employers (67%) and employees (66%) believe the concept of “working 9 to 5” is an antiquated practice.
Even given this leaning, employers still don’t like the idea of tardiness. More than half of employers (51%) expect employees to be on time every day, and 4 in 10 (41%) have fired someone for being late.
However, some employers are more lenient than others. One third of employers (33%) say they have no problem with the occasional late arrival, as long as it doesn’t become a pattern, and 16% say they don’t need employees to be punctual if they can still get their work done. To that end, 62% of workers who arrive late will stay later to make up for it.
The following slideshow includes 10 of the zaniest and, well, lamest excuses for being late reported by employers to CareerBuilder.
I broke my arm reaching to grab a falling sandwich.
I was confused by the time change and unsure if it was "spring ahead" or "fall back."
There was fresh powder on the hill. I had to go skiing.
I woke up in a good mood and didn't want to ruin it.
I was detained by Homeland Security.
I thought of quitting today, but then decided not to, so I came in late.
The universe was telling me to take a day off.
My lizard had to have emergency surgery in the morning and died during the surgery. I had to mourn while deciding whether to have the lizard disposed of by the vet or bring its corpse to work with me.
My astrologer told me that today would be a bad day to step out of my house.
I got stuck in a grocery store blood pressure machine and couldn't get out.
If an employee uses the excuse " The voices in my head told me it was A good day to clean my guns!" Let it go!!
17Aug16.....I must have my morning Timmy's coffee, but this morning the lineup was very long and I just couldn't leave ' no matter what . '
Ps: Once upon a time in America an ex - employee told me that and very quickly he was exiting the door with a still-hot coffee. When it comes to some people there's more brains in a bottle of wadda....Go figure....BobLoblah..
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