10 Best Excuses for Being Late to Work

Are you chronically late?  Or maybe just chronically late to work?  Well, you’re not alone.  20% of workers are late to work at least once a week, according to Careerbuilder.com’s annual survey.  Last year, only 15% of the workforce suffered from habitual tardiness.  12% were late at least twice per week.

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The most commonly used excuses included:

  • Traffic (33 percent);
  • Lack of sleep (24 percent); and
  • Getting the kids ready for school or day care (10 percent).

Public transportation, wardrobe issues, and pet problems were also common reasons.

But the real hilarity is not in the everyday excuses–we’ve all heard (and probably used) those before.  The real entertainment is the most uncommon excuses that Careerbuilder collected over the last 12 months.  These really leave me to marvel at the, um, “creativity” of these employees.  My personal favorite this year is #5.

 

  1. “My husband thinks it’s funny to hide my car keys before he goes to work.”
  2. “I was attacked by a raccoon and had to stop by the hospital to make sure it wasn’t rabid.”
  3. “My left turn signal was out so I had to make all right turns to get to work.”
  4. “A gurney fell out of an ambulance and delayed traffic.”
  5. “I feel like I’m in everyone’s way if I show up on time.”
  6. “My heat was shut off so I had to stay home to keep my snake warm.”
  7. “My father didn’t wake me up.”
  8. “A groundhog bit my bike tire and made it flat.”
  9. “I walked into a spider web on the way out the door and couldn’t find the spider, so I had to go inside and shower again.”
  10. “I got locked in my trunk by my son.”
  11. “My driveway washed away in the rain last night.”
  12. “I had to go to bingo.”

Click here to see last year’s 10 Best Excuses for Being Late to Work

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