- Employee thought they had won the lottery (They didn't).
- Employee got distracted watching the "Good Morning America."
- Employee's angry roommate cut the cord to his phone charger, so it didn't charge and his alarm didn't go off.
- Employee believed his commute time should count toward his work hours.
- Employee claimed a mountain lion stole their car keys.
- Employee's leg was trapped between the subway car and the platform (turned out to be true).
- Employee said he wasn't late, because he had no intention of getting to work before 9am (his start time was 8am).
- Employee was late because of a job interview with another company.
- Employee had to take a personal call from the state governor (turned out to be true).
Traffic, sleep schedules and weather conditions are the top three causes for late arrivals to the office, according to workers:
- Traffic, 31 percent of workers
- Lack of sleep, 18 percent
- Bad weather, 11 percent
- Getting kids to school or daycare, 8 percent
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."