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'SORRY I'M LATE: THE WIND WAS BLOWING AGAINST ME'; SURVEY UNCOVERS UNUSUAL REASONS FOR BEING ABSENT OR LATE TO WORK

 MENLO PARK, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Oh, the many -- and highly creative -- reasons employees have for being tardy to work or absent! In case you haven't heard enough of them, we asked executives in a recent nationwide survey to list the most unusual excuses they had ever heard.
 The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's largest temporary staffing service for accounting, bookkeeping and information systems. It was conducted by an independent research firm, which polled 150 executives from the nation's 1,000 largest companies.
 Executives were asked: What is the most unusual excuse you have heard of for someone being late to work or absent? Their response:
 -- "My dog carried away the car keys." (Maybe it was a legitimate errand.)
 -- "The wind was blowing against me." (Had he checked the weather reports that morning, he would have allowed for more time.)
 -- "I just forgot to come to work." (With today's multiple pressures, an occasional oversight like this is understandable.)
 -- "A plane landed on the highway and blocked cars." (This is a new twist on being stuck in traffic.)
 -- There was a bear in the street." (Was this on Wall Street, and was there a bull too?)
 -- "I backed up through my garage door." (It must have been a real breakthrough.)
 -- "My favorite actress just got married -- I needed time alone." (With some of her recent movie classics?)
 -- "The lead dog for my dogsled died." (Clearly, they use an alternate form of transportation where this person lives.)
 -- "I thought Monday was Sunday." (Sometimes weekends are just too short.)
 -- "My best friend stole my car." (Now, now, let's let bygones be bygones.)
 -- "The engine on the yacht wouldn't start." (Life is tough.)
 -- "I felt it was better to sleep in at home versus sleep at the office." (Plus, it's quieter and much more comfortable.)
 -- "My husband's pet spider died and I had to console him." (Might it be time to change exterminators?)
 -- "I had to sort my socks." (The question is: Did he finally come to work with matching socks?)
 -- "I was in the process of getting arrested." (Are you sure you wanted this person to return to work?)
 -- The dog ate the popcorn on the Christmas tree and got sick." (Maybe the tinsel should have been removed first.)
 "The reasons people give for being late or absent are often hard to believe," said Robert Half, founder of Accountemps. "Managers should inform their employees early on that tardiness and absenteeism are unacceptable. If the behavior becomes a habit, it will be much harder to change later."
 There are more than 150 Accountemps offices in the United States, Canada and Europe.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Taylor, 415-854-9700, or Mark Silbert, 516-767-3700, both of Accountemps/


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