Ten Bizarre Excuses for Calling in Sick

Ten Bizarre Excuses for Calling in Sick

Ten Bizarre Excuses for Calling in Sick

1. Influence Peddling
"My sobriety tool wouldn't allow the car to start."

Three out of 10 workers call in sick when they're not actually ill, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. They do so because they don't feel like going to work (cited by 34 percent of employees), want to relax (29 percent) or catch up on sleep (16 percent), or need to run errands (15 percent). And—how's this for a coincidence?—they tend to call in sick more frequently around the approaching winter holiday season. (Great time to run some of those errands … at the shopping mall.) While nearly everyone has to take leave for an illness occasionally, playing hooky is not a good career move. That's because three out of 10 employers say they've checked up on a staffer to make sure the absence is legitimate, usually by requiring a doctor's note or calling the employee at home later that day. To have some fun with this topic, CareerBuilder also came up with these outrageous real-life "sick day" explanations that people actually gave to their boss. Nearly 2,500 hiring managers and more than 3,975 workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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