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The Recession Appears to Have Improved Punctuality in the Workplace, Finds New CareerBuilder Survey

CHICAGO Feb. 23, 2011 between November 15 and December 2, 2010

Workers shared a variety of reasons for being tardy, with the top excuse being traffic-related (30 percent), followed by lack of sleep (19 percent).  Nine percent blamed the bad weather for their tardiness, while eight percent indicated a delay in getting their kids to daycare or school.  Other common reasons included public transportation, wardrobe issues or dealing with pets.

Rosemary Haefner

While some employers are more lenient with worker tardiness, others have stricter policies.  One-third (32 percent) of employers said they have terminated an employee for being late.

Hiring managers provided the following examples of the most outrageous excuses employees offered for arriving late to work:

  • Employee claimed his car was inhabited by a hive of bees and he couldn’t use the car for two hours until bees left.
  • Employee claimed her cat attacked her.
  • Employee claimed there was a delay with public transportation and produced a note signed by "The Bus Driver."
  • Employee claimed his Botox appointment took longer than he expected.
  • Employee claimed his hair was hurting his head.
  • Employee claimed he knew he was already going to be late, so he figured he would go ahead and stop to get donuts for everyone.
  • Employee claimed her karma was not in sync that day.
  • Employee claimed he got hurt taking a fork out of the dishwasher.
  • Employee claimed he wasn’t late … the company clock was wrong.

Survey Methodology

between November 15 and December 2, 2010

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SOURCE Career Builder, Inc.

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