Everyone is late to work at one time or another, but according to CareerBuilder.com, thirteen percent of American workers say that they’re late at least once every week, and almost thirty percent more admit to tardiness once a month. Following are the top four reasons for being late to work and a few ideas on how to fix them.
Traffic Jams. Traffic accounts for nearly fifty percent of reasons you’re late to work, and it’s no wonder. In large cities like NYC, LA, Chicago, Houston and Miami, it can take an act of Congress to make it from one block to the next.
If you find that traffic is always foiling your plan to arrive on time to work, you might want to consider finding alternate routes. Another option is to start arriving at work early (before the traffic starts to back up). That way, you don’t have to deal with traffic and you’ll get home earlier in the evenings.
Missing the Alarm. Another common reason for being late to work is oversleeping, which accounts for about eleven percent of all tardiness among U.S. employees. You think you hit the snooze button, but you accidentally turn the alarm off, resulting in being late to work.
If this is something you deal with on a daily basis, try planting your alarm clock on the other side of the room. That way, you have to physically get up in order to turn it off. Another idea is to have two alarm clocks – one set fifteen minutes after the first. You can avoid being late to work if you think smart.
Getting Kids Ready for School. If you have a family of children and find that you’re often late to work, it might be that you have a morning time management problem. This is as common as 10% of all tardiness and isn’t something you deal with alone.
The best way to avoid being late to work for this reason is to come up with a schedule. Some parents choose to get up half an hour before the kids so they can prepare lunches, breakfast and clothing in peace. You might also want to talk to your kids about working to make mornings easier. Create a game out of seeing how fast they can get ready.
Forgetting Stuff at Home. Have you ever driven halfway to work, then realized that you forgot your briefcase? If you’re the forgetful type, you might be late to work on a regular basis, especially if you work far away.
To foil this particular problem, you might want to start getting your work things ready the night before. Make setting your briefcase, purse, laptop and other items by the front door or in the car just before you go to bed – that way, it’ll all be ready when you’re making the mad dash for the car.
Being late to work isn’t an uncommon problem, but it can be solved.