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Really? Dog ate your schedule? Old, new excuses for being late

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We’ve all been late to work, but some make tardiness more of a habit than others. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, when asked how often they come in late to work, 25% of workers admitted they do it at least once a month—down from 29% last year—and 12% say it’s a weekly occurrence for them.

Broken down by age, 38% of those ages 18-34 are late at least once a month, compared to 36% of those 35-44 and 14% of those 45 and older.

Strange excuses for being late

It happens to the best of us: the alarm didn’t go off, the car wouldn’t start, the train was late. But some people have more unusual excuses for being late. When ask­ed about the most outrageous excuses em­ployees have given them for being late, em­ployers shared the following:

  • It’s too cold to work.
  • I had morning sickness. (A man said this.)
  • My coffee was too hot and I couldn’t leave until it cooled off.
  • An astrologer warned me of a car accident on a major highway, so I took all backroads, making me an hour late.
  • My dog ate my work schedule.
  • I was here, but I fell asleep in the parking lot.
  • My fake eyelashes were stuck together.
  • Although it has been five years, I forgot I did not work at my former employer’s location and drove there on accident.

In general, employees said they were late for work for all the usual reasons:

Traffic: 51%
Oversleeping: 31%
Bad weather: 28%
Too tired to get out of bed: 23%
Forgot something: 13%

Source: CareerBuilder survey, March 2018

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