CEOs are regularly allowed to be late

7 bizarre excuses from latecomers

Many IT experts can organize their working hours freely according to their own preferences. While almost 60 percent of employees in Germany have fixed working hours regulating when they come and go, almost eight out of ten IT experts can organize their time more freely. At least that's what figures from the Federal Statistical Office say.

But even with free time management, everyone has appointments and meetings in their calendar that require personal presence. Everyone has come to the office too late, be it because the alarm clock didn't go off, the S-Bahn failed or you were stuck in a traffic jam.

A survey in the USA by the online career portal Careerbuilder found that 16 percent of employees are late at work at least once a week. Some of them give particularly unusual excuses:

  • An employee was late because she thought she had won the lottery (but it didn't).

  • An employee had lost track of time while watching a TV show.

  • An employee's roommate cut the cord of his cell phone charger during an argument. So the cell phone could not be charged and did not wake up at the usual time.

  • An employee was regularly late because he thought that the journey was part of the working hours.

  • An employee apologized for being late - a fox had stolen her car keys.

  • One employee said he wasn't too late, he wouldn't start work until 9 a.m. (the agreed start time, however, was 8 a.m.).

  • Another employee was late because he was interviewing at another company.

But despite these seven original excuses, the usual suspects dominate when you're late. Road traffic is to blame for 31 percent of the delays, the employees overslept in 18 percent of the cases and the weather is to blame for eleven percent of the delays. Eight percent of the delays come about because employees had to accompany their children to daycare, kindergarten or school.

The most common reasons for delays

If you arrive late for work due to traffic jams or snow chaos, this will certainly not have any unpleasant consequences. If you are constantly late, things can look very different, however, show the results of the Careerbuilder study. More than a third of the HR professionals surveyed stated that they had already given an employee an end due to persistent delays.

The online career portal Careerbuilder spoke to 3,023 recruiting managers and HR experts as well as 7,780 employees in the USA for this survey.