CareerBuilder’s annual survey on absenteeism shows 29 percent of workers have played hooky from the office at least once this year, calling in sick when they were well.
While the majority of employers said they believe their workers when they say they’re feeling under the weather, 29 percent reported they have checked up on an employee who called in sick and 16 percent said they have fired a worker for missing work without a proven excuse.

“Just not feeling like going to work” is the number one reason why workers said they call off sick with made-up excuses followed by “just needing to relax” and “catching up on sleep.” Other reasons included doctor’s appointments, needing to run personal errands, and plans with family and friends.

When asked to share the most unusual excuses employees gave for missing work, employers offered the following real-life examples:

1. Employee said a chicken attacked his mom.

2. Employee’s finger was stuck in a bowling ball.

3. Employee fell asleep as his desk while working and hit his head, causing a neck injury.

4. Employee said he wasn’t feeling too clever that day.

5. Employee called in sick from a bar at 5:00 p.m. the night before.

and MANY more!..

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October 24, 2013 at 10:18 am | Cindy Davis | No comment