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Yep, I'm about to make you late for work
The most common excuse for being late to work is also the most predictable one: Traffic.
The least common excuses for being late to work? Now, those are much more interesting.
CareerBuilder.com recently asked Harris Interactive to survey employees and employers on workplace tardiness.
While employees said traffic, lack of sleep and bad weather were the chief causes of being late to work, hiring managers shared some more unusual excuses they’d heard for not showing up on time.
*Employee's cat had the hiccups
*Employee’s angry roommate cut the cord to his phone charger, so it didn’t charge and his alarm didn’t go off.
*Employee’s leg was trapped between the subway car and the platform (turned out to be true).
*Employee thought she had won the lottery (she didn’t).
And our favorite:
*Employee got distracted watching the TODAY Show.
Now that’s totally understandable.
Apparently, getting to work on time is still a problem, even in this economy. The survey found that 16 percent of workers are late to work at least once a week, a tiny increase from last year.
It’s also not always a laughing matter: About one-third of hiring managers said they had fired an employee for being late.
Readers, tell us your most unusual reason for being late to work in the comments section below or on our Facebook page. We’ll feature some of the responses in an upcoming post.