It's not a secret that employees can be incredibly creative when they want to be. The big issue is getting them to be equally creative, in a positive way, when they're on the job.
I was thinking of this while going through the results of a CareerBuilder survey in February that focused on the most memorable excuses that employees give for being tardy or late for work.
According to the survey, more than a quarter (26 percent) of employees admit that they're late to work at least once a month, and 16 percent say they're late once a week, or more.
No wonder so many managers say that they spend way too much time just getting people focused on doing their job.
As bad as those numbers are, the thing that really jumped out of the CareerBuilder survey were some of the outrageous excuses that workers gave for being late to work. For example: ·
Yes, some of these excuses are real whoppers, but it just goes to show you how incredibly creative that workers can be when they find themselves in a pinch.
Overall, the survey found that traffic was the most common cause for workers to be late, according to 31 percent of those surveyed. No big surprise there. Other factors for tardiness include lack of sleep, the need to drop off the kids at daycare or school, bad weather, and public transportation delays.
All of that sounds reasonable, because just about anyone who has managed people for any length of time knows that all of those things happen to employees on occasion. It's just one of the issues that managers have to deal with as part of their job.
But, it's the wild and crazy excuses that give me pause, because I keep coming back to a simple question when someone lays one of these crazy excuses on me: why can't you be this creative and resourceful when it comes to doing your job everyday?
In 30 plus years of managing people, I still haven't come up with a good answer - but I'm still looking. Let me know if you have a reasonable explanation. There has GOT to be some way we can channel all of that into positive, workplace behavior.
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