HR Strange But True!
May 26, 2006

Need a good excuse next time you're late for work? Try turning the tables: "I was here - where were you?"

While paraphrased, that's one of the 10 most unusual tardiness excuses managers provided in a recent survey. Other excuses making the list include:

  • I dreamed that I was fired, so I didn't bother to get out of bed.
  • I went all the way to the office and realized I was still in my pajamas and had to go home to change.
  • I saw that you weren't in the office, so I went out looking for you.
  • I couldn't find the right tie, so I had to wait for the stores to open so I could buy one.
  • I stopped for a bagel sandwich, the store was robbed and the police required everyone to stay for questioning.
  • A bee flew in my car and attacked me and I had to pull over.
  • I wet my pants and went home to change.
Employees get plenty of practice: 13 percent say they arrive late to work at least once a week and 24 percent say they arrive late at least once a month.

The most common reasons provided were traffic (27 percent), falling back asleep (11 percent), and getting their kids ready for school or day care (10 percent). Other popular reasons: forgetting something at home, feeling sick and misplacing house or car keys.

Monday, not surprisingly, is the most popular day for late arrivals, according to 64 percent of employers. While the majority of bosses don't typically question the validity of the reasons provided, 35 percent say they don't believe the excuses most of the time.

Source: MSN Careers

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