When employees are overworked, underpaid and stressed out, they tend to take more sick days. But it’s up for debate how many of these sick days are actually warranted.
And a new survey from CareerBuilder finds that the number of workers taking phony sick days is on the rise. Twenty-nine percent of employees admitted to calling in sick when they were “perfectly healthy.”
The study also found that 27% of employers believed absenteeism was growing.
And a number of managers have reacted harshly when they found out about staffers playing hooky. In fact, 16% of managers said they have fired somebody for missing a day of work without a valid excuse, according CareerBuilder.
The study also listed some of the more creative excuses people came up with for missing work, including:
- My finger was stuck in a bowling ball
- A cow broke into my house, so I need to wait til the insurance man gets here, and
- I can’t come in to work because my girlfriend threw a Sit ‘n’ Spin through my living room window.
Readers, what is the most ridiculous excuse for missing work you’ve ever heard? Share it with us in the Comments Section.