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India – Employers most strict on lateness

12 November 2013

Indian employers are the strictest when it comes to turning up late for work, as 42% of employers in the country have reportedly fired an employee for being late, according to a survey from CareerBuilder.

Brazil came in second, with 26% of employers having fired a staff member for coming into work late, followed by France and Russia both with 22%.

In the UK 21% of employers have fired an employee for failing to turn up for work on time, followed by China with 20%, Germany with 9%, Japan with 7%, and Italy with 6%.

Scott Helmer, Managing Director of CareerBuilder UK, commented: "Employers know that alarms don't always work and cars breakdown on occasion. As long as you're honest and don't make a habit of being late, your boss will most likely be understanding."

According to the survey, workers in the UK were asked how often they arrive late to the office: 63% responded never.

Only 9% of workers admit to arriving late once a month, the same amount that arrive late one per year. However, 14% of workers admit arriving late to work one to four days per week.

The top five reasons for arriving late include:

  • Traffic – 33%
  • Public transportation – 22%
  • Bad weather – 18%
  • Lack of sleep – 14%
  • Taking the kids to nursery or school – 6%


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