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'I'm sorry I'm late, but...'

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CFOs have heard all of the excuses in the book. Check out this survey from Accountemps on how executives perceive punctuality and the most creative excuses for tardiness by workers.

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  1. 1. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. roberthalf.com/accountemps ‘I’m sorry I’m late, but …’ CFOs have heard all of the excuses in the book
  2. 2. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. CFOs Frown on Tardiness 2 Think showing up late to work – even if the job’s getting done – is OK? Think again. Only 1 in 10 CFOs said it doesn’t matter when employees arrive, as long as they are getting their work done on time. Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs They should arrive on time so others can rely on them during set hours 43% It’s OK if they’re occasionally late, as long as it’s not a pattern and people don’t perceive them as slacking off 47% It doesn’t matter when they arrive, as long as they get their work done on time 10%
  3. 3. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. A Worker’s Perspective 3 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 1,000 U.S. workers In a separate survey, workers were asked, “How often do you arrive late to work?” Their responses: Total Ages 18-34 Ages 35-54 Ages 55+ Every day 7% 12% 6% 1% A few times a week 12% 17% 10% 7% A few times a month 15% 19% 14% 8% A few times a year 31% 29% 33% 30% Never 34% 23% 36% 54% Yes 43% No 57% Some workers admitted that their productivity has suffered because a colleague was late to work:
  4. 4. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses “I drove to my old job out of habit.” 4 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  5. 5. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses “I thought I was still on vacation.” 5 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  6. 6. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses “I had nothing to wear.” 6 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  7. 7. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses “I thought it was Saturday.” 7 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  8. 8. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses “My hair got caught in a fan.” 8 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  9. 9. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses “I super-glued my eye thinking it was contact solution.” 9 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  10. 10. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses 10 “Geese chased me on my way to the car.” Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  11. 11. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses 11 “My cat delivered its litter of kittens.” Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  12. 12. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses 12 “Someone spilled their coffee all over me on the way to work.” Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  13. 13. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses “I was stuck in an elevator with a kid that pushed the buttons for all the floors.” 13 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  14. 14. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses “A truck full of fish flipped over on the highway.” 14 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  15. 15. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses “My dog ate my car keys.” 15 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  16. 16. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Creative Excuses “I got locked in the gas station restroom and had to wait for someone to get me out.” 16 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 2,200 CFOs
  17. 17. © 2017 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. For more career advice, visit: roberthalf.com/research-and-insights/ career-development

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