Bizarre Excuses for Being Late to Work

Bizarre Excuses for Being Late to Work

Bizarre Excuses for Being Late to Work

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Some people will come up with any story to explain why they are late to work, judging from the following over-the-top explanations compiled by CareerBuilder. And if you think tardy arrivals happen frequently at your office, you're in good company: More than one-quarter of workers say they're late at least once a month, and 16 percent are late once a week or more, according to additional survey research from CareerBuilder. As for the conventional explanations, traffic is the excuse most often cited, by just under one-third of employees. Other factors include a lack of sleep, kid drop-offs, weather and public transportation delays. But the following excuses are far more creative. Let's face it: Everyone shows up late once in awhile, but you don't want these incidents to accumulate to the point at which they negatively affect your professional reputation. In fact, more than one-third of hiring managers say they've had to fire someone for being late. More than 2,600 hiring managers and 3,900 workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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