How To Get Away With Being Late For Work

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Ever been late for work? Well, don’t feel too bad. You’re in good company.

According to a 2011 survey, 16% of workers report that they arrive late for work at least once per week. 27% confess to coming through the door behind schedule at least once a month. And our bosses appear to be even worse. A 2006 report reveals American CEOs don’t make it on time to eight out of every 10 meetings. Tardiness costs U.S. businesses more than $3 billion yearly in lost productivity.

The law of averages seems to work against most of us when we’re trying to get out of the house and to our place of employment. If something can go wrong, it will.  For this reason, Online Clock decided to explore the topic of being Late for Work in our newest Infographic!

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In a 2013 poll, found delays are most often caused by traffic (30%), lack of sleep (19%), bad weather (9%) and getting kids to day care or school (8%). The most unusual excuses include a car being attacked by a bear to one who stopped on the side of the road to help deliver a baby.

But there’s one thing about being late that’s usually a given — the look on the boss’ face when we finally do get there. Nothing’s going to change that — but here are some excuses that should help change your boss’ mood for the better!

Without further ado, we give you:

Online Clock’s Top Excuses For Being Late to Work

  1. The dog buried my Volvo in the backyard.
  2. Whatever you do, do not download that new “Sleep Late and Be on Time for Work” app for your smartphone.
  3. My girlfriend is anti-daylight savings.
  4. I decided to take my experimental solar power scooter to work. It started to rain and let’s just say, I won’t be filing for a patent anytime soon.
  5. Four out of five doctors recommend eight hours of sleep at night. My friends recommend at least six hours of “Call of Duty” a night. You do the math.
  6. I got caught in a temporary cosmic rift and was sucked into a parallel universe for most of the morning.
  7. I had a severe allergic reaction to 8:00 AM.
  8. I got in the elevator with our CEO and the next thing I knew, he’d pushed the buttons for all the floors. What a joker!
  9. Long story short… two kids, one box of Cocoa Puffs, a half gallon of expired milk, projectile vomiting.
  10. I was kidnapped by the Two-Hour Liberation Army. After two hours, they let me go.
  11. My three year old came to the conclusion this morning that my car keys were flushable. He was right.
  12. I forgot we had moved locations and went to our old address. Did you know it’s a flower shop now? These are for you!
  13. The Procrastinators Club was holding its weekly meeting at Starbucks this morning and I got in back of them in line.
  14. My car was hijacked by a bear, making me late. The good news is: I have the number one trending video on YouTube!
  15. We had a “Walking Dead” marathon party last night and my girlfriend made me stay up all night on Zombie Watch.
  16. My atomic clock was deemed a hazard by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

What’s your favorite excuse for being late to work? Let us know by using the comments form below!


  • – 2013 (
  • Harris Interactive Survey for CareerBuilder – Nov-Dec, 2011 (
  • Proudfoot Consulting – 2006 (
  • HR Magazine – Nov 2005 )

This Infographic has been brought to you by the team at the world’s original Online Alarm Clock 🙂

Disclaimer: The makers of this Infographic urge you to always give 100% at work – 12% on Monday, 23% on Tuesday, 40% on Wednesday, 20% on Thursday and (highly optional) 5% on Friday.

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