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This Year's Most Outrageous Excuses for Being Late to Work

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Goodbye 9 to 5
Excuses might not be necessary as organizations move toward more flexible schedules. Approximately 2 in 3 employers and employees believe the concept of "working 9 to 5" is an antiquated practice, but more than half of employers (51%) expect employees to be on time every day, and 4 in 10 (41%) have fired someone for being late.

Some employers are more lenient than others, however. One third of employers (33%) say they have no problem with the occasional late arrival, as long as it doesn't become a pattern, and 16% say they don't need employees to be punctual if they can still get their work done. To that end, 62% of workers who arrive late will stay later to make up for it.

In general, the usual suspects are to blame for why employees are late to work: Traffic (53%), oversleeping (33%), bad weather (28%), lack of sleep (23%) and needing to get kids to daycare or school (15%).

 

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