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CareerBuilder Survey Reveals Most Memorable Employee Excuses For Being Late

Some employees don't stick with the common excuses for their tardiness. Employers shared some of the most memorable excuses they've received from employees who were running late, including:

  1. Employee claimed a zebra was running down the highway and held up traffic (turned out to be true)
  2. Employee woke up on the front lawn of a house two blocks away from his home
  3. Employee's cat got stuck in the toilet
  4. Employee couldn't eat breakfast – he ran out of milk for cereal and had to buy some before getting ready for work
  5. Employee was late to work because he fell asleep in the car when he got to work
  6. Employee accidentally put superglue in her eye instead of contact lens solution, and had to go to the emergency room
  7. Employee thought Halloween was a work holiday
  8. Employee said a hole in the roof caused rain to fall on the alarm clock and it didn't go off
  9. Employee was watching something on TV and really wanted to see the end
  10. Employee forgot that the company had changed locations
  11. Employee got a hairbrush stuck in her hair
  12. Employee was scared by a nightmare

Survey MethodologyThis survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,201 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,008 workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) ages 18 and over between November 6 and December 2, 2013 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With pure probability samples of 2,201 and 3,008, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have sampling errors of +/-2.09 and +/- 1.79 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

About CareerBuilder ® CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com ®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors and 1 million jobs. CareerBuilder works with the world's top employers, providing everything from labor market intelligence to talent management software and other recruitment solutions. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.

Media ContactJennifer Grasz 773-527-1164 jennifer.grasz@careerbuilder.com http://www.twitter.com/CareerBuilderPR

SOURCE CareerBuilder

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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