Being Late At Work

Task -3507- Presentation – Being Late


Although 43% of managers say they don’t mind if their employees are late for work, late employees continue to give some very interesting excuses to justify their tardiness.
According to a recent survey, 15% of workers say they arrive late to work at least once a week, while nearly one-in-four of all workers (24 %) admit to making up fake excuses to explain their tardiness.
Consistently showing up late can affect how others in the company view your work ethic and discipline, as well as affect your productivity.

Main Causes of Being Late

  1. 32% of workers claimed traffic was the culprit
  2. 17% claimed that falling back asleep was the reason.
  3. 7% pointed to a long commute.
  4. Other popular reasons included: getting kids ready for school and day care, forgetting something at home, and feeling sick.

Main Outcomes

  1. Poor performance.
  2. Career troubles (repeatedly missing deadlines could lead to get demoted or fired).
  3. Unnecessary expenses: like having to pay late fees.
  4. Financial difficulties.
  5. Medical problems (heart attack because the victim kept delaying the start of their personal health program).
  6. Dissatisfaction about oneself.
  7. Dissatisfaction of others about one’s procrastination.

How to Deal with Procrastination

  1. Candidly discuss the tardiness issue.
    The employee may have personal scheduling issues that can be worked around with reasonable schedule adjustments.
    Employees may need help understanding the importance of strong personal discipline.
    Frequent lateness can sometimes be an indicator of job dissatisfaction.
    Evaluate the current policies and consider trying flextime, which can be implemented with various levels of flexibility.


Although flexible schedules are more common in the workplace these days, it is still important for employees to be mindful of their arrival times.

Being Late – Prof. Lico Reis

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