(SW) – A new CareerBuilder survey is revealing some interesting excuses employees use for being late. Workers have used excuses like, “I was here but I fell asleep in the parking lot,” “my fake eyelashes were stuck together,” and even, “an astrologer warned of a car accident on a major highway so I took the longer, slower back roads.”
One man who was late for work complained of morning sickness. While another said it was too cold to work and one went to a past employment office that he hadn’t been working at in 5 years.
Moneyish reports, time is not on your side. More than 2 in 5 (43%) employers told CareerBuilder in a new survey released Thursday that they have fired someone for being late. And they’re losing patience, as just 41% of bosses considered tardiness a fireable offense last year.
The bad news is, a quarter of 800 surveyed workers still confessed to being late at least once a month, CareerBuilder reports, and 12% (more than 1 in 10) say it’s a weekly problem. The most common (believable) excuses for not being punctual were traffic (51%), oversleeping (31%), bad weather (28%), feeling too tired to get out of bed (23%) and forgetting something (13%).
Most employees (65%) said they worked late on the day that they were tardy to make up for it and stay on their boss’ good sides. But 63% grumbled that clocking in from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is an “antiquated practice,” and 88% think start and end times should be flexible. Then no one would ever really be “late” again.
When the lateness stats were broken down by age, Millennials were slightly more likely to say they’d been held up; 38% of those ages 18 to 34 are late at least once a month (compared to 36% of those ages 35 to 44, and 14% of those 45 and older.) Regionally, workers in the west were more laid-back about punctuality, with 30% of them reporting they were late at least once a month, compared to only 26% in the northeast, 25% in the south and 23% in the midwest.
Your best course of action is to wake up each morning and leave early enough to give yourself a comfortable cushion to arrive at work on time. But if you get off to a slow start, or some kind of extenuating circumstance does come up, here is the smartest way to let your boss know that you are running late to work.