Once again, you’re huffing and puffing as you swipe your access card. You check the machine – you’re five minutes past the prescribed grace period. Then after counting the times you’ve been late this month, you realize that you’ve gone beyond the limit. That’s okay though, because your co-worker consoles you and tells you that he’s in the same predicament – or so you think.
Just because tardiness is a common occurrence at work doesn’t mean it’s excusable. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop employees from giving excuses, real or not, valid or otherwise, to be late. The most common among them are the following.
“Sorry Sir/Ma’am, but there was heavy traffic.” You’ve heard this so many times already that you’ve already lost count. Heck, you’ve probably used the same reason before. Whether they are being honest or just making an excuse, it’s annoying. And if you think it’s not funny on a personal level, then how much more on a professional one? Yes, it’s undeniable that the country isn’t exactly the best when it comes to urban planning. However, since you’re already aware of this national problem, you should exert effort on leaving early.
Woke Up Late
This is never a valid excuse, especially in a world where alarms have existed for centuries. Your boss doesn’t care if you got drunk, had a movie marathon, or watched the night sky for the threat of an alien invasion. So, whatever your reason is and no matter how late it keeps you awake, wake up at the right time, leave at the right time, and get to work at the right time.
Had to Attend to a Loved One
Of course, there are also valid reasons for being late. After all, life’s not just about working, but also about personal relationships, especially family. However, make sure that you inform the workplace ahead of time so that they’ll believe you. And if you use this excuse a bit too often, people will start thinking that you’re making things up, so always be honest about your situations.
Averting a Sick Leave
You’ve probably had days when you think that you’re going to be unfit to go to work. And sometimes, as you test the waters, you realize that it’s just a false alarm. You spring into action, but you still run late. Still, kudos to you for being a dedicated employee. However, it would be better to text or call concerned personnel so that they’ll know you’re going to be late. Also, don’t force it; better to stay at home and rest than feign wellness and be unproductive. And oh, make sure you’re not contagious.
A car offers great convenience. But just like people, cars have bad days, too. Sometimes, they don’t start or even break down on your way to work. If you’re still at home and the former happens, leave it and go for public transportation; it’s just for one day anyway. And if the latter happens, it’s important to let your workplace know beforehand.
It’s impossible to be the perfect, never-tardy employee. However, it’s possible to minimize showing up late for work, and it’s your responsibility to do so. Fulfill that and you won’t have to use any of these excuses.