It's 8:30 am now and the employee who is supposed to be there at the office at 8:15 am, has not turned up yet. This is not only the case with one person, in fact there is a long list of late comers. Lack of time management is one of the most negative traits in a person which gives rise to tardiness in the workplace. Traffic jam might be a reason for getting late, but why can't you wake up 5-10 minutes early or if you were late because you could not find the keys or the wallet, then you are a very irresponsible person. So, why should a firm waste its valuable time and money looking at the clock and waiting for you. They can easily find some other eligible and responsible person for the job. Punctuality is the most demanding workplace ethic.
Nowadays, tardiness at the workplace has become a perturbing issue for the companies because it is affecting the productivity. A survey conducted among U.S. workers shows that one of five workers is late to work at least once a week. Reaching work later than the usual time is increasing every year, the percentage of workers going late to the office once a week is 20 percent and a similar survey conducted a year before showed 15 percent workers were late to work in a week.
The reasons for being late at work are many and some of them are really very funny. One of the most common issues is of public transport and traffic. Other reasons are lack of sleep, dealing with the pets, unexpected guests at wrong time, getting the kids ready for the school, personal sickness, and so on and so forth. Some outrageous excuses for getting late are taking a shower again after getting stuck in a spider web, another is car keys hidden by the husband. Some say that they had to take a long route because the car's left indicator was broken and they had to take all right turns to reach office. Many known companies conducted a survey in their own firms to check the rate of tardiness and observed that it has increased by almost one...
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