What late-arrivers lack in timeliness, they make up in creativity. CareerBuilder asked more than 2,600 hiring managers and HR pros about the most outrageous excuses employees have given them for being late. Some of the “winners:”
- I forgot it wasn’t the weekend.
- I thought Flag Day was a legal holiday.
- I had to watch a soccer game that was being played in Europe.
- I overslept because my kids changed all the clocks in the house.
- The wind blew the deck off my house.
- The sunrise was so beautiful that I had to stop and take it in.
- My mother locked me in the closet.
- My mother-in-law wouldn’t stop talking.
- My dad offered to make me a grilled cheese sandwich.
- I was cornered by a moose.
Most excuses were far more mundane.
Bad weather: 26%
Too tired to get out of bed: 25%
Source: CareerBuilder survey, January 2017
Among both employers and employees, 64% believe the concept of “working 9 to 5” is somewhat antiquated. Indeed, 18% of managers say they don’t care about on-time arrivals as long as employees get their work done. And 69% of employees say they stay late if they arrive late.