Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

March 10 2014

Try One Of These Ridiculous Excuses Next Time You’re Late

By David McMillin
Late for work

We’ve all been late to work. From hitting snooze too many times to vehicle troubles to traffic jams, you can always find a way to explain your tardiness. However, it looks like some employees may have exhausted these traditional excuses.

CareerBuilder recently surveyed more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals and more than 3,000 employees to get a sense of why workers show up late. Here’s a look at some of the most unforgettable reasons some employees cited for why they didn’t clock in on time.

I woke up on the front lawn of a house two blocks away from home.

Long night of drinking? Sleepwalking issues? Camping trip gone awry? If this employee actually did wake up in someone else’s yard, my recommendation would be to simply call in sick.

I accidentally put superglue in my eye instead of contact lens solution and had to go to the emergency room.

Ouch. A wise man once said, “Do not keep adhesives in the medicine closet.” Actually, no one ever said those words. Until now.

My cat got stuck in the toilet.

Remember the old dog-ate-my-homework trick? I’m guessing this employee may have used the same excuse in middle school. Now that she’s an adult, the excuse had to grow up, too. She decided to blame her pet for failing to show up on time to her office.

A hole in the roof caused rain to fall on my alarm clock, and it didn’t go off.

Is this a subtle way of telling the boss that the worker needs a pay raise to fix the roof?

I was watching TV and really wanted to see the end.

I know The Today Show certainly does classify as “must see TV.” However, there’s a reason that DVR was invented.

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While the survey included plenty of unbelievable excuses for being late, it also highlighted that punctuality is an essential component of career success. In fact, 35 percent of employers say they have fired an employee for tardiness and 48 percent expect workers to be on time every day.

If you’re already always on time and looking to get ahead in your organization, visit the PCMA Career Center for helpful advice on distinguishing yourself as an employee who deserves more responsibility. Click here to learn how to advance your career.

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