Recession Improves Workforce Punctuality

A new survey has found that more workers are getting to work on time because of the recession

Job cuts seem to be one the principle reasons why more and more staff are getting to work on time.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, there is a direct correlation between the beginning of the recession and workers getting to work on time.

The survey showed that 15 percent of workers said they arrive late to work once a week or more, down from 16 percent in 2009 and 20 percent in 2008.

Traffic Excuse

The CareerBuilder survey was conducted nationally among 2,482 US employers and 3,910 US employees between 15 November and 2 December, 2010. The survey was conducted across a variety of disciplines, including IT.

Staff shared a variety of reasons for being tardy, with the top excuse being traffic-related (30 percent), followed by lack of sleep (19 percent), CareerBuilder said. Nine percent blamed the bad weather for their tardiness, while eight percent indicated a delay in getting their kids to daycare or school.

Other common reasons included public transportation, wardrobe issues or dealing with pets.

“Whether it is a result of fear associated with the economy or just a shift in attitude, workers over the last few years are doing a better job of managing their schedules and getting into the office at the designated time,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder, in a statement. “While workers will sometimes be late due to circumstances out of their control, they need to be aware of their companies’ tardiness policies. Regardless of the reason, workers who are running late should always be honest with their managers.”

Firing Offence

While some employers are more lenient with worker tardiness, others have stricter policies. One-third (32 percent) of employers said they have terminated an employee for being late.

CareerBuilder cited several examples of excuses workers used to explain their lateness. Among the more interesting excuses cited in the survey was an employee claimed there was a delay with public transportation and produced a note signed by “The Bus Driver.”