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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Top excuses for being late to work

If you were late to work today, you were not alone. According to a recent survey, 16 percent of workers say they arrive late to work at least once a week.
Traffic on I-95? A call from your child's school? What's your excuse and is it real? One-in-four of all workers (25 percent) admit to making up fake excuses to explain their tardiness, says a survey of 6,823 workers and 2,591 hiring managers.
Is this okay with the boss? While 44 percent of hiring managers said they don't care if their employees are late as long as their work is completed on time with good quality, there are some that would consider firing an employee who arrived late two or three times in
a given year.
Why are workers really late? The primary reason is traffic, followed by falling back asleep or getting their kids ready for school or day care. Other popular reasons included a long commute, forgetting something at home and feeling sick.
Whose late more, men or women? Males are less likely to be late with 41 percent saying they have never been late for work in their current position compared to 37 percent of females. Males are also less likely to lie about why they're late – 22 percent compared to 28 percent of women. To read the release about the full survey results, click here.


Anonymous David B. Bohl said...


I can think of a few reasons for being late to work, including motivation, distractions, and lack of personal productivity/efficiency.

Sometimes, they're all one in the same. Sure, the end result might be traffic or getting our kids ready, but we know what the root cause is - we had a good plan that we failed to execute.

Do you get your day started and decide to check personal email? Or take a call or two on the cell phone? Or decide at the last minute to drop that dry cleaning off to save yourself some time at the end of the day?

We either didn't allow for contingencies or added a little too much to an overly-aggressive and overly-optimistic schedule. We all do it sometimes.

Is preventing ourselves from being late a matter of discipline? Sometimes. It's also a matter of simply not trying to do it all. Sometimes we have to resign ourselves to the fact that we can't get everything done when we want things done.

10:41 AM  

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