Really? Dog ate your schedule? Old, new excuses for being late
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:
Bad weather: 28%
Too tired to get out of bed: 23%
Forgot something: 13%
Source: CareerBuilder survey, March 2018