So I was catching up on some reading the other day and I came across a reference to a U.S.-nationwide survey conducted late last year that asked more than 7,000 employees and 3,000 employers (across a broad cross-section of industry segments and company sizes) about tardiness at work. You can read more about this study here, but here are a couple of the highlights:
- 16% of workers reported they arrive late to work once a week or more and 27% of workers arrive late to work at least once a month.
- The top three reasons for getting to work late are traffic (31%), lack of sleep (18%), and bad weather (11%).
My favorite section in the study however was examples of some of the most outrageous excuses employees gave for being tardy. They ranged from:
- An employee thinking she had won the lottery (she hadn’t) to
- An employee who believed that his commute time should count towards his work hours to
- An employee whose leg was trapped between the subway car and platform (it was).
So what are some of the most outrageous excuses you’ve heard (or used :))? Let’s see if we can top this list.