Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Survey Reveals Bizarre Excuses for Being Late

According to CareerBuilder’s most recent survey, released today, 16 percent of workers said they arrive late to work at least once a week, down from 20 percent who said the same in last year’s survey. Eight percent of workers said they are late at least twice a week, down from 12 percent last year.

The recent decrease in tardiness could be an indicator that employees’ worries over job security has them taking their jobs more seriously, including punctuality.

With fewer employees arriving late to work, you would think that the bizarre excuses would subside as well. As CareerBuilder has found, that is not the case. The following were the most uncommon excuses employees have given for being late according to their survey.

• “I got mugged and was tied to the steering wheel of my car.”
• “My deodorant was frozen to the window sill.”
• “My car door fell off.” • “It was too windy.”
• “I dreamt I was already at work.”
• “I had to go to the hospital because I drank antifreeze.”
• “I had an early morning gig as a clown.”
• “A roach crawled in my ear.”
• “I saw an elderly lady at a bus stop and decided to pick her up.” • “My dog swallowed my cell phone.”

It is likely excuses like these are the driving factor behind 34% of hiring managers reporting they’ve terminated employees for being late, up from 30% last year.

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