1. An employee claimed a bear stopped his car and broke his window.
CareerBuilder has a fresh assortment of oddball rationalizations from workers who simply can't get to the office on time (see our previous list here.) Perhaps influenced by a tight job market, fewer people are showing up late these days --15% say they arrive late once a week or more, down from 20% in 2008. The top excuse is traffic, cited by 30% of survey participants, with lack of sleep the next most popular answer. But professionals need to be aware of potential consequences: One-third of employers say they've fired a worker for being late. "While workers will sometimes be late due to circumstances out of their control, they need to be aware of their companies' tardiness policies,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “Regardless of the reason, workers who are running late should always be honest with their managers." Here are some of the best (or worst) answers, taken from the U.S. survey of nearly 2,500 bosses and some 3,900 employees, as well as a separate survey of Canadians.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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