The weak job market appears to have prompted more of us to get to work on time, according to a newly-released study.
But those that do come in late are as creative as ever with their reasons why they couldn’t show up on time.
The survey from job search website Careerbuilder.com, taken in late 2010, found that 15 percent of workers say they arrive late to work once a week or more. That’s down from 16 percent in 2009 and 20 percent in 2008, when the job market was much stronger and the unemployment rate was much lower.
The most common reasons workers gave for arriving to work late were pretty predictable: Bad traffic and lack of sleep topped the list, followed by inclement weather and delays in getting kids to school or child care.
The employers polled in the survey were also asked to recount some of the more creative reasons they had heard from late employees. Among them:
- Employee claimed his hair was hurting his head.
- Employee claimed they did not get any sleep because their boyfriend's wife threw them out of the house.
- Employee claimed their karma was not in sync that day.
- Employee claimed they got hurt taking a fork out of the dishwasher.
- Employee claimed they weren’t late … the company clock was wrong.
Those excuses may have left you laughing, but apparently work tardiness is no joke. About one-third of the hiring managers who responded to the survey said they had fired an employee for being late.
The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive and included 2,482 U.S. employers and 3,910 U.S. employees.
Readers, what's the strangest reason you've gotten to work late? Share your answers in the comments below.