In today's tough economic climate, where productivity and resources are being closely scrutinized, employers are taking more notice of punctuality. Thirty-nine percent of business leaders in the United Kingdom reported they are paying more attention to what time workers arrive than they had in healthier economic cycles. Fifteen percent of employers said they would terminate an employee who was late two or three times while 12 percent would terminate the employee for being tardy four or five times. The study was conducted from April 29 to May 7 on behalf of CareerBuilder.co.uk and included more than 100 United Kingdom business leaders across industries.
While employers would prefer workers to clock in at their designated start time, many are willing to afford workers with some flexibility. Forty-six percent of United Kingdom employers said they didn't care if their employees are running late as long as their work is completed on time with good quality.
When asked to share the most unusual excuses workers gave to explain their late arrivals, European employers offered the following real-life examples:
"Arriving late can impact perceptions of your professionalism and reliability not only in the eyes of your employer, but in the eyes of your co-workers who may have to pick up the slack," said Tony Roy, managing director for CareerBuilder U.K. "Getting organized and preparing for the upcoming day the night before can help to improve punctuality and make the commute less hectic."
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