Being late, it is one of my pet peeves. I can't stand to be late, I can't stand to have people be late when they are supposed to be meeting me. I don't have late on my watch. To me being "on time" is a sign of respect, for others it's just not that big of a deal, unless it means you'll be looking for work.

Workers shared a variety of reasons for being tardy, with the top excuse being traffic-related (30 percent), followed by lack of sleep (19 percent). Nine percent blamed the bad weather for their tardiness, while eight percent indicated a delay in getting their kids to daycare or school. Other common reasons included public transportation, wardrobe issues or dealing with pets.

Just remember it's easier to be on time for a job that you already have than to be on time to stand in line to look for work somewhere else. As far as the traffic goes, we'll help you avoid the slow downs or at least give you a valid excuse to tell the boss when you're really running behind.

(via The Recession Appears to Have Improved Punctuality in the Workplace, Finds New CareerBuilder... -- CHICAGO, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --.)