Worst Excuses for Missing Work

Worst Excuses for Missing Work

Worst Excuses for Missing Work

Breakfast of Champions An employee said he drank anti-freeze by mistake.

Everyone feels like playing hooky sometimes. Most of us just tough it out, or maybe take a personal day. Then there are the folks found by CareerBuilder, who pursue more inventive ways to avoid work for the day. This sort of thing grows more common this time of the year, with one-third of employers reporting that workers call in sick more often during the winter holidays. Many managers are suspicious, however, and follow up by seeking authentication from a doctor’s office or even driving by the missing worker’s home. In a tough job market, it’s safest to avoid taking advantage of sick-leave policies. "While outrageous events are known to happen, frequent absences and over-the-top excuses can start to bring your credibility into question," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. More than 4,300 workers and 2,600 employers took part in the survey research. To see our previous list of terrible sick-day excuses, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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