Employee Study Shows Late Staff Cost Economy Billions

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2nd October 2012 11:12 - Business Support

A new study suggests that staff who arrive late to work are costing the economy £9 billion a year.

The research, conducted by Heathrow Express, asked 1,000 employees about lateness in the workplace.  Over three quarters (82%) believed being late was unprofessional, while almost one in four (23%) admitted they perform poorly in meetings after arriving late.

According to the study, an average of 590,000 workers in the UK arrive late every day, working out as each late employee losing on average 97 minutes per month, which then costs employers £305 per head each year.

When asked what effects being late had in the workplace, 63% of workers claimed that the stress of being late affected them, with 39% admitting the after-effects of being late had a detrimental impact on their whole day. 

Almost three out of four employees (74%) revealed arriving late left them with feelings of guilt, whilst 48% felt that co-workers thought less of them after failing to show up on time.

Over half (56%) of employees admitted being late to meetings and other work events at least once a week.  In addition, 10% of workers revealed they have been late for a job interview.  Behavioural psychologist Dr Cecilia d'Felice said: "The cost of lateness to the economy is enormous, but potentially even more serious is the detrimental impact it can have on workplace performance, team morale and productivity.”

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