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More Employees Getting To Work On Time

Employers can thank the Great Recession for improving employee punctuality.

A new CareerBuilder survey finds 15% of employees are getting to work late at least once a week, compared to 20% of employees in 2008.

Bad traffic is the most common employee excuse for being late. Employees also blame their tardiness on lack of sleep and difficulty getting the kids off to school or daycare. I can sort of see employees' point with the daycare thing. Have you ever tried to get a 4-year-old to put on shoes and a coat in a hurry, even if you're going someplace they want to go? Let's just say it's a good thing young kids don't work in emergency response, because it would be a national disaster of epic proportions. Parents must add an extra 10 to 30 minutes to their morning schedules if they want to get everyone out the door on time.

One-third (32%) of employers say they've fired an employee for being late, but the survey doesn't offer a time frame. Are we talking about firings that have happened in the last six months? In the last year? Since Paula Abdul topped the record charts? So it's hard to get an idea of how lateness could be leading to recent job loss.

CareerBuilder surveyed 2,482 U.S. employers and 3,910 U.S. employees late (no pun intended) last year. Click here for the survey.


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