Almost half of workers resent their colleagues' consistent lateness

Sarah Smyth

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Sarah Smyth

Almost half of workers resent their colleagues' consistent lateness

Not in yet? 50% of managers say that colleagues arriving late for work creates workplace animosity

Almost half of workers feel resentful of a colleague that is consistently late for work and 50% of managers say that colleagues arriving late for work creates workplace animosity.   These interesting statistics were released following a recent survey on employee punctuality by Jobs.ie.

The research found that , consistent tardiness, if left unaddressed, can create tensions in the workplace and undermine business productivity and employee morale.

The most commonly cited reasons for being late to work are heavy traffic (59%), oversleeping (33%) and the weather (26%),according to the research.  Just over 20% admit to telling a fib or lie when explaining their reasons for being late for work.  

 Among those surveyed on their employer’s attitude to punctuality, 41% described being punctual for work as absolutely essential while  37% said there are no real consequences for being late.  The survey also found that 10% said that provided an individual gets through their work, nobody really notices what time they start work.

The survey results show that by and large Irish workers are punctual. 96% of all employees said that they always arrive to work on time, with over half of employees (59%) aiming to be in work at least 15 minutes ahead of their scheduled start time.

Those who work nine to five prove to be the least punctual with less than half (47%) arriving to work on time every day within the past twelve months. 71% of respondents who work early morning shifts and 71% of those who work night shifts were always on time in the past year.

 Even the most rigid of employers understand the occasional delays. However, if lateness becomes a regular occurrence, it can result in real consequences for an employee’s career.

 41% of employers are said to have a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for lateness in the workplace, enforcing punishments if employees fail to show up for work on time. In addition, 1 in 4 employers (25%) have fired somebody due to recurring lateness.

 

Making up for lost time

 

The vast majority of employees said that they have previously stayed beyond regular work hours to make up for being late to work. In fact 53% have stayed late to make up for the time that they missed while 20% have come into work early the next day and a diligent 21% have worked through their lunch break to make up for lost time

 It is becoming increasingly evident that the 9-5 workday is becoming an antiquated practice.  50% of employees said that they would like to see flexible work hours enforced to accommodate late arrivals to work.  27% said that they would like to have the option to work from home on occasions when they were unable to make it into work on time.

 A further 20% would like to see a clear lateness and absenteeism policy enforced by their employer which sets out the implications and consequences for consistent late arrival to work.

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