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Can you guess which ONE day of the year most Aussies are late for work?

Businessman father realises he's running late. Source: Getty

Hourly workers represent two-thirds of the employed population globally, and they cop some pretty awful hours.

So, it’s probably not surprising that two in five Aussie shift workers are late to work at least once a year, according to Deputy’s new report, Late to Work.

Interestingly, Aussies are hitting the snooze button the most on 14 December, which is the same as shift-workers in the UK.

Meanwhile, those in the US are latest to work on 2 March.

Conversely, Aussies are earliest to work on 21 December, while those in the UK are earliest on 4 March, and those in the US are earliest 2 March.

And, can you guess which day most people around the world run late?

Yep, Friday.

What’s so special about 14 December?

Ashik Ahmed, Co-founder and CEO at Deputy, told Yahoo Finance that by December 14, holiday season is in full swing, and that means Aussies are in holiday mode.

“It’s an incredibly busy time for most teams as Aussies celebrate the end of year break and many businesses bring on extra or casual staff to keep up with the demand,” Ahmed said.

“As the weather warms up, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few stragglers who are heading into a shift from a day at the beach too."

Why are we late?

Tech could be the reason why we’re being late to work, according to Global President at Deputy, Steven Power.

Power said a recent survey showed 57 per cent of employees sacrificed the family dinner hour to bosses who expected responses at any hour, but the cost of feeling always on the clock is severe.

“A company culture that disregards work-life balance puts their employees at risk of chronic stress, workplace burnout, depression and insomnia,” he said.

And, Power said those things often lead to an individual clocking in late to work.

So who exactly is the tardiest?

Aussie women were late for 1.1 per cent of their scheduled shifts, while Aussie men were late for 1.2 per cent of their scheduled shifts.

By age, it seems that youngsters are living up to their reputation, with Deputy’s results showing the younger you are, the later you tend to be.

Generation Z (1996 to 2012) are late to between 1.2 and 1.5 per cent of their shifts, while Gen Y (1981 to 1995) are only late to 1.1 and 1.3 per cent of their shifts.

By state, Queensland shift workers take the cake for the earliest state, only late to 0.9 per cent of their shifts, followed by those in Tasmania, who are only late to 0.9 per cent of their shifts.

Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are pretty on par, only late to around 1 to 1.3 per cent of their shifts.

Those in our top end are late to around 2.3 per cent of their shifts, while those in the Australian Capital Territory (including our politicians) are late to a whopping 3 per cent of their shifts.

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