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The Workday Starts at 8 (not 8:15)
March 2, 2011 @ 12:30 PM | By Sara Steele

This morning, I hit the snooze button four times before I finally found the strength to wake up. I tried to make up for my lost time by taking a three minute shower, putting my hair in a ponytail and skipping breakfast. But, despite all these time-cutting techniques, my reality set in pretty quickly; I knew I would be late to work today.

Most likely, you’ve been late to work at least once in your lifetime. Maybe you got stuck in traffic, overslept or misplaced your car keys—it happens! But, it may happen more often than you think. According to a new CareerBuilder survey,15% of workers are late to work at least once a week! Think that’s bad? This number has actually decreased from 16% in 2009 and 20% in 2008.

For the most part, workers share a variety of common reasons for being tardy. The top three excuses: traffic delays (30%), lack of sleep (19%) and bad weather (9%). All of these reasons are at least viable and easily accepted. But, then there’s these outlandish excuses given by respondents. I’ll let you be the judge!

  • My Botox appointment took longer than I expected.
  • My cat attacked me.
  • I was delayed due to public transportation. (The employee actually produced a note signed by “The Bus Driver”.)
  • I didn’t get any sleep because my boyfriend’s wife threw me out of the house.
  • My car was inhabited by a hive of bees and I couldn’t use the car for two hours until bees left.
  • I knew I was already going to be late, so I figured I’d go ahead and stop to get donuts for everyone.
  • My hair was hurting my head.
  • My Karma is not in sync today.
  • I’m not late—the company clock is wrong.

We’re all human and mistakes are bound to happen. But, slackers beware: According to the survey, 32% of employers have terminated an employee for being late. Don’t let it become a habit. And next time you’re late, at least provide a logical excuse.

What’s the craziest excuse you’ve ever given (or heard) for being tardy?

Sara SteeleSara Steele is an associate marketing manager at InterCall responsible for various corporate communication initiatives; including social media and channel marketing efforts. Sara began working with InterCall after graduating from the University of Colorado in 2006. In her free time, she enjoys running, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

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