Washington: While traffic jams might be the most common excuse for showing up late to work, it’s certainly not the most outlandish, a new survey has found.
A study by online career site CareerBuilder revealed that frozen car keys and bear attacks top this year’s list of the most outrageous excuses for arriving to work late, Live Science reported.
Among the other more memorable excuses hiring managers heard from tardy employees in the past year included employee dropping her purse into a coin-operated newspaper box and couldn’t retrieve it without change (which was in the purse).
Another one was employee accidentally left the apartment with his roommate’s girlfriend’s shoes on and had to go back to change.
Employee’s angry wife had frozen his truck keys in a glass of water in the freezer was another.
One employee got a late start because she was putting a raincoat on her cement duck in her front yard (because rain was expected later that day).
Another employee’s car wouldn’t start because the Breathalyzer showed he was intoxicated.
One worker attempted to cut his own hair before work and the clippers stopped working, so he had to wait until the barbershop opened to fix his hair.
A more outrageous excuse was that a bear attacked an employee’s car and had photographic evidence to prove.
Other reasons were employee drove to her previous employer by mistake, employee claimed to have delivered a stranger’s baby on the side of the highway.
Overall, more than a quarter of workers admitted to being late at least once a month, with 16 percent showing up past their scheduled starting time at least once a week.
“Employers understand that every now and again circumstances will arise that are out of a worker’s control and unfortunately cause a late arrival to work,” Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder said.
“It escalates to a problem when the behaviour becomes repetitive, causing employers to take disciplinary action,” she said.
The study found that more than one-third of hiring managers have had to fire someone for their lateness.
First Published: Sunday, February 17, 2013, 14:13