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Dumb Excuses for Being Late to Work

Showing up late to work — even if the job’s getting done — doesn’t fly…

  • October 31, 2017

Showing up late to work — even if the job’s getting done — doesn’t fly with most executives, according to a report from staffing firm Accountemps.

Accountemps surveyed executives, and found that only one in 10 CFOs were OK with tardiness only if productivity doesn’t suffer.

Forty-seven percent of respondents said coming in late on occasion isn’t a problem unless it becomes a pattern. The rest (43 percent) believe workers should arrive on time so others can rely on them during set hours.

Financial executives have heard it all when it comes to excuses for tardiness by workers.

While the saying “better late than never” usually rings true, these excuses make one wonder:

  • “I drove to my old job out of habit.”
  • “I thought I was still on vacation.”
  • “I had nothing to wear.”
  • “I thought it was Saturday.”

Then there were those who were delayed by “hairy” situations:

  • “My hair got caught in a fan.”
  • “I super-glued my eye thinking it was contact solution.”
  • “Geese chased me on my way to the car.”

Some find it easier to blame others:

  • “My cat delivered its litter of kittens.”
  • “Someone spilled their coffee all over me on the way to work.”
  • “I was stuck in an elevator with a kid that pushed the buttons for all of the floors.”

These next excuses appeared a bit “fishy.”

  • “A truck full of fish flipped over on the highway.”
  • “My dog ate my car keys.”
  • “I got locked in the gas station restroom and had to wait for someone to get me out.”

Wow, those are some lousy excuses. Do yourself, your colleagues and your company a favor and get to work on time.

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