India Inc is the strictest when it comes to tardiness as 42 per cent of employers in the country seem to have fired an employee for being late, the highest in the world, says a CareerBuilder survey.
According to the survey, 42 per cent of employers in India have fired an employee for being late and among the nine surveyed countries.
Brazil came in second, a distance 16 per cent behind, where 26 per cent of of employers have fired a staff for coming late, followed by France and Russia jointly at the third place (22 per cent).
Meanwhile, 21 per cent of UK employers have fired an employee for being late. While China with 20 per cent, Germany 9 per cent, Japan 7 per cent and Italy 6 per cent.
Though arriving late is not the norm for workers and employers alike, people sometime get delayed due to some force beyond their control, whether it is a traffic jam or a rainstorm, the survey said.
"Employers know that alarms don't always work and cars breakdown on occasion," CareerBuilder UK manager director Scott Helmes said adding that "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, UK workers were asked how often they arrive late to the office and 63 per cent said never.
Only 9 per cent of workers admit to arriving late once a month, the same amount that arrive late one per year. However, 14 per cent of workers are late to work one to four days per week.
The top five reasons for coming late include traffic - 33 per cent, public transportation - 22 per cent, bad weather - 18 per cent, lack of sleep - 14 per cent, taking the kids to nursery or school - 6 per cent, the survey noted.