HR Strange But True!
May 24, 2007

A recent survey found that more than one-in-four HR professionals say that they seriously doubt most of the excuses workers give for arriving late to work. And, if the following 10 excuses are any indication, it's no wonder HR is dubious.

The survey, conducted by, found that 25 percent of workers admit to making up fake excuses to explain why they are late to work.

The survey found that while most HR professionals don't question the validity of the reasons workers give for arriving late, 27 percent said they don't believe the excuses in most cases.

HR professionals also provided some unusual excuses that workers have offered to explain their tardiness. Here are 10 of them:

  1. Someone was following me, and I drove all around town trying to lose them.
  2. My dog dialed 911, and the police wanted to question me about what "really" happened.
  3. My girlfriend got mad and destroyed all of my undergarments.
  4. I woke up and thought I was temporarily deaf.
  5. I just wasn't "feelin' it" this morning.
  6. I was up all night arguing with God.
  7. A raccoon stole my work shoe off my porch.
  8. I super-glued my eye thinking it was contact solution.
  9. I was putting lotion on my face when my finger went up my nose, causing a nose bleed.
  10. A prostitute climbed into my car at a stop light, and I was afraid my wife would see her and think I was messing around ... so I got out of the car.

What are the real reasons workers arrive late for work? Workers were most likely to cite traffic as the primary cause of their tardiness, followed by falling back to sleep and getting their kids ready for school or day care. Other popular reasons included a long commute, forgetting something at home, and feeling sick.


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