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Top reasons of why people are late to work

Updated on February 7, 2010

When we were young, we heard the excuse of "my dog ate my homework". People who are late would try to give you stories like:

There was traffic even though I live ten minutes away. .

My alarm didn’t go off.

My kid was sick.

My car broke down.

I got locked out of my apartment when I took out the garbage.

My cell phone died and I couldn’t call in.

I was as sick as a dog.

I woke up and thought it was Sunday.

I didn’t go to bed till this morning.

We can go on and on with this but how much of that was true?

People who are chronically late can always come up with excuses. In their mind, they can justify the reasons that they are late. That way, they won’t feel guilty. Does it make it right? That is an individual’s determination. Most of the people who are chronically late because they are doing it unconsciously. They might have something more than just a bad habit. Perhaps they are unhappy with their jobs. Until they find out the cause of it, they will never change.

Disclaimers: This article is written with the intend of helping others. It is not intended to bring others down because they are chronically late.


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    • sunitibahl9 profile image


      7 years ago from India


    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks,theherbivorehippi,for having the same point of view:)

    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      This is so true!!

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      I am happy to hear that you stopped using all those lame excuses and being a responsible person,receptionist. It is a good start when you recognized that there might be a problem. Thanks for visiting. I sure would visit you hubs as well when I get a chance.

    • receptionist profile image


      8 years ago

      It's funny 'cause, in high school, I used to have a notebook of excuses. I just mixed them up, made sure I didn't use the same excuse twice in a row, and I could usually get away with it.

      Growing up, though, I've learned to be more responsible. Thanks for an informational hub.

      If you have time, why don't you drop by and check out some of mine? :-)

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks Sheila for stopping by. The reason behind this hub is to bring awareness for people who are chronically late everyday. There are people who do that. Thanks for visting.

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      Hi! Good idea for a hub article. I've always wondered if people really expect me to believe their excuses for being late. Seldom late myself, the few times I have been, I simply apologize.

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks reymund.It is not the tardiness that makes it bad, not to recgonize there is a problem and continue to make excuses for that behavier is unacceptable. Thanks for reading my hub:)

    • reymund profile image


      8 years ago

      LOl.nice hub tim. Well,we really have many excuses for being late. when we intend to be late, we have already drawn words to say and what is funny is that, nobody really can tell how true is that unless someone justifies that you really intended to be late. But, in my case I always see to it that I come on time and I hate to wait.

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      9 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      I agree. I am a reasonable person. Things come up that sometimes, we have no control over it. I am here to emphasize the chronically tardiness. It is unacceptable! Thanks for your comment.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I thinks we have a many reason to late. But occasionally is not a big problem, but if do this very often I think become bad habit.

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      9 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks,magdielqr. I really enjoy your hubs.

    • magdielqr profile image


      9 years ago

      Everyone always has some reason to justify their failure to work and when he does not invent. Excellent hub.


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