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Recession forcing workers to show up on time

February 27, 2011

Recession forcing workers to show up on time as survey shows improved punctuality in the workplace,
— Hiring Managers Share Most Outrageous Tardiness Excuses
Career Builders Survey,

CHICAGO, February 23, 2011 – Since the recession began, more workers are starting their work day on time. A new CareerBuilder survey reveals that 15 percent of workers said they arrive late to work once a week or more, down from 16 percent in 2009 and 20 percent in 2008. This national survey was conducted among 2,482 U.S. employers and 3,910 U.S. employees between November 15 and December 2, 2010.

Workers shared a variety of reasons for being tardy, with the top excuse being traffic-related (30 percent), followed by lack of sleep (19 percent). Nine percent blamed the bad weather for their tardiness, while eight percent indicated a delay in getting their kids to daycare or school. Other common reasons included public transportation, wardrobe issues or dealing with pets.

“Whether it is a result of fear associated with the economy or just a shift in attitude, workers over the last few years are doing a better job of managing their schedules and getting into the office at the designated time,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “While workers will sometimes be late due to circumstances out of their control, they need to be aware of their companies’ tardiness policies. Regardless of the reason, workers who are running late should always be honest with their managers.”

While some employers are more lenient with worker tardiness, others have stricter policies. One-third (32 percent) of employers said they have terminated an employee for being late. Here are the top ten:

1. Employee claimed they weren’t late … the company clock was wrong.

2. Employee claimed is car was inhabited by a hive of bees and he couldn’t use the car for two hours until bees left.

3. Employee claimed their cat attacked them.

4. Employee claimed it was a delay with public transportation and produced a note signed by “The Bus Driver.”

5. Employee claimed his Botox appointment took longer than he expected.

6. Employee claimed his hair was hurting his head.

7. Employee claimed they did not get any sleep because their boyfriend’s wife threw them out of the house.

8. Employee claimed they knew they were already going to be late, so they figured they’d go ahead and stop to get donuts for everyone.

9. Employee claimed their Karma was not in sync that day.

10. Employee claimed they got hurt taking a fork out of the dishwasher.

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 2,482 U.S. employers and 3,910 U.S. employees (employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government) ages 18 and over between November 15 and December 2, 2010 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With pure probability samples of 2,482 and 3,910 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.97 and +/- 1.57 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

About CareerBuilder® — CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract their most important asset – their people. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 23 million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 32 million resumes. CareerBuilder works with the world’s top employers, providing resources for everything from employment branding and data analysis. More than 9,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and broadband portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder’s proprietary job search technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company, The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.

  
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TungoWungo March 3, 2011

Oh wow, OK sounds like some pretty good stuff.

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Bandit March 3, 2011

Why did this article list #1 as saying “1. Hiring managers provided the following examples of the most outrageous excuses employees offered for arriving late to work:”

There are actually 9 reasons, not 10 (unless you include the “bonus”).

Lost all credibility on this. Fail.

Thomas March 3, 2011

4: If I were a bus driver and someone asked me for a note, I doubt I would sign my name to it. The guy is a bus driver. Passengers nor their employers need his name or signature.

Bonus: Not far fetched. Employers that use Punch Clocks (and there are many out there that still use these) have to manually set that punch clock, and no clock is immune from losing or gaining time. As for electronic time keeping systems, they are not infallable; technological errors can prevent system clocks from synchronizing with NIST Atomic or Naval Observatory time, and I have seen discrepencies of up to several minutes caused by such errors.

RH March 3, 2011

I once said there was a bear in my front yard so I couldn’t get to my car until the bear left

JL March 3, 2011

In Japan the public transportation system is usually NEVER late, so when they are, they give out delayed service notes to passengers, so they can take it to their boss.

Only in the US, do people expect the public transportation to be late, so people need to leave early.

Gaf March 3, 2011

Americans are far too uptight. Of course, there are jobs for which punctuality is important, but for most jobs, when you show up is irrelevant to performance, and enforcing it is a control obsession our culture has taught us. This is the same wasteful obsession that makes Americans throw a hissy fit if their food takes too long in a drive through. If employees get their work done, who cares when they show up?
And, by the way, I have had bees in my car before, and it was a real problem. I wish I had known before I got on the streets and almost died trying to drive while they were stinging me. I can definitely buy that one. And the one about donuts isn’t an excuse, it’s more like brown-nosing as apology.

scrodulartum March 3, 2011

“The budgie escaped during the night and landed on top of the alarm clock, turning it off”

rick March 3, 2011

Showing up late once or twice in a month is fine but if it becomes a routine even a min or 2 late is not acceptable… as Gaf pointed out it probabbly wont improve performance to show up 5 or 10 min earlier but it sure tells your boss how much you really care about the job you have… I own 2 retail stores and you bet your @$$ if anyone shows up late more than a few times without a good reason, i let them go on the spot. The majority of business owners dont have time or money to waste making sure their employees show up on time….

not saying that doughnuts wont hurt 😉

abner March 3, 2011

” If employees get their work done, who cares when they show up?”
right on!

fairlyUnbalanced March 3, 2011

Agree with Bandit… this article isn’t informative, directive, or even amusing.. it limps… author was late for deadline and turned in this drivel the cat squat on while swatting bees out of the doughnuts. Try Art College next… biznezz rider.

Eric March 3, 2011

Laugh all you want but it does happen.

The medical condition has it’s own name which I can’t remember and even if it’s rare, in some instance, the disease can be a real pain in the ass.

I inherited the disease from my father (yaye for genetic). In my case it never prevented me from working but it did prevent me from sleeping a lot of nights. In the case of my father, it was even worst and he needed cortisone injection directly in the head to relieve the pain.

The pain does not come from the hair by itself but from the skin which get’s dry and itchy causing problem with the air folicle. I can’t even count the number of times I had to pull hundred of hairs from my head to ease the pain… up to the point of having some place in my head that sometimes are bald because of it.

Don’t be too quick to laugh of people excuse, they might appear stupid but there is a lot of stuff people doesn’t know in this world and I would probably not believe someone coming up with an excuse like this one if it wasn’t for the fact I lived it (altough I,m lucky the symptom doesn’t seem to worsen in my case).

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