The Numbers Around Calling In Sick and The Craziest Excuses For Calling In

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It isn’t uncommon for folks to just wake up one morning and decide they aren’t in the mood to head into work. And let’s face it, nobody wants to waste a vacation day on that, so the only logical thing to do is attempt your best scratchy throat voice and call in sick, and it seems a lot of people are doing just that.

A new CareerBuilder survey finds that in the last 12 months about 40% of workers have called in sick when they weren’t, which is up 5% from last year. As for why people are calling in sick when they aren’t ill, the top excuse is having a doctor’s appointment (30%), followed by:

  • Didn’t feel like going to work (23%)
  • Needing to relax (20%0
  • Needing to catch up on sleep (15%)
  • Running errands (14%)
  • Catching up on housework (8%)
  • Plans with family and friends (8%)

Of course, you can’t exactly tell your boss you’re calling in sick because you need to relax or run some errands, so a lot of people resort to making up excuses, but that could be dangerous. The survey finds that 38% of employers say they’ve checked up on a worker to confirm that they were actually sick, while 26% have fired someone who made up a fake excuse. As for how they found out, 43% of employers caught employees by checking out their social media posts.

  • Now, calling in sick when your not means you have to come up with some good excuses, and apparently a lot of people aren’t that great at delivering believable ones. The site asked employers to reveal the craziest excuses they’ve ever received, and some of them are doozies. They include:
  • A bear was in employee's yard and they were afraid to come out.
  • Employee's phone exploded and it hurt their hand.
  • Employee ate a toothpick in his food at restaurant.
  • Employee broke his arm wrestling a female bodybuilder.
  • Employee called in "fat" because uniform didn't fit.
  • Dog swallowed employee's car keys so she was waiting until it came out.
  • Employee left his clothes at the laundry mat.
  • Employee did not have enough gas to get to work.
  • Employee had to re-schedule a new manicure because some of their artificial nails fell off.
  • Employee was not sure how the solar eclipse would affect them so it would be safer to stay at home.

Source: BizJournals

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