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Outrageous excuses for missing work
Attendance is obviously important at any job, but even the most motivated worker gets sick or has a personal emergency and has to legitimately miss work sometimes.
But our latest CareerBuilder.com survey talked to employers and workers about those not-so-valid absences – and got the real scoop on all the times employees called in sick when they were well!
Calling in sick
Here’s some of the common reasons we called in sick when we weren’t:
- 30 percent of us just wanted to recharge our batteries.
- 27 percent of workers went to a doctor’s appointment.
- 22 percent of employees stayed at home and caught up on their zzzzzz’s.
- 14 percent took time off to run personal errands.
- 11 percent of us had some seriously dirty houses, and stayed home to clean.
- Another 11 percent stayed home to spend time with family and friends.
And 34 percent of us said we simply didn’t want to go to work that day!
Employer attitudes and memorable excuses
In general, we found that the vigilant attitudes employers had about absences has diminished somewhat; many of the employers we surveyed said they didn’t question the reason given for an absence. But 31 percent did follow up and check on an employee’s story. And 18 percent of those companies said they had fired an employee for missing work without a valid excuse.
What are some of the most outrageous excuses (and by excuses, we mean ‘lies’) that an employee has give as a reason for their absence? Here’s the best of the best:
Employee didn’t want to lose the parking space in front of his house.
- Employee hit a turkey while riding a bike.
- Employee said he had a heart attack early that morning, but that he was “all better now.”
- Employee donated too much blood.
- Employee’s dog was stressed out after a family reunion.
- Employee was kicked by a deer.
- Employee contracted mono after kissing a mailroom intern at the company holiday party and suggested the company post some sort of notice to warn others who may have kissed him.
- Employee swallowed too much mouthwash.
- Employee’s wife burned all his clothes and he had nothing to wear to work.
- Employee’s toe was injured when a soda can fell out of the refrigerator.
- Employee was up all night because the police were investigating the death of someone discovered behind her house.
- Employee’s psychic told her to stay home.
Take a look at the full survey here. It provides additional details as well as suggestions for how employees should handle absences.
And just for laughs, you can check out last year’s most outrageous excuses.