As many as one in four employees admit to making up fake excuses for arriving late to work, a new study reveals.

According to a recent survey of 6,823 workers and 2,591 hiring managers, 31 percent of workers blame their tardiness on traffic, while 16 percent cited falling back to sleep.

Other popular excuses included a long commute or forgetting something at home.

The survey also found that men are late for work less often than women, and that women are more likely to make up an excuse. Only 22 percent of men said they have lied about why they were late, compared to 28 percent of women.

A fifth of all hiring managers surveyed said they would consider firing an employee if he or she arrived late more than three times a year. While hiring managers said they typically don't question an employee's excuse for being late, 27 percent said they usually don't believe them when they do.

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Published on: May 17, 2007