If you're like me, there are days when you hit the snooze button on your alarm or phone at least 27 times. Eventually you get up, throw on some clothes without the pretense that it's actually an outfit and slink into work, as if you've been there the last hour. Sure, we've all had rough mornings, and sometimes the weirdest things do happen that prevent us from getting to work on time. A CareerBuilder survey revealed that sixteen percent of workers reported arriving late to work at least once a week or more. In addition, more workers said they arrived late to work at least once a month, with 27 percent admitting to being tardy.
Traffic, sleep schedules and weather conditions are the top three causes for late arrivals to the office, according to workers:
Other frequent reasons that were reported had to do with public transportation delays, pets, spouses, watching TV and Internet usage. In today's workplace, most employers are flexible with worker schedules and start times, but it's still important to remember that excessive tardiness can lead to termination. More than one-third of employers said they fired an employee for continuously showing up to work late. "Punctuality -- or lack thereof -- can impact how your commitment, reliability and performance are perceived by your employer," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "One of the best ways to make sure you get to work on time is to get organized and plan ahead. Lay out whatever you'll need for the workday the night before, plan to be at the office early, account for expected commute delays and eliminate distractions in your morning routine."