Bosses Question Workers' Excuses for Missing Work

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-12-14 Email

An increasing number of employees are taking sick days even when they're feeling fine, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. And quite a few of them are coming up with bizarre excuses for not showing up in the office. However, they do so at their own risk, as a significant number of managers are willing to check up on a missing staffer to validate the excuse. Of those who take this step, 67 percent require a doctor's note from the employee. Nearly half will call the worker at home, and 32 percent will review the employee's social media posts. (But, let's face it, any professional who'd brag on social media about faking an illness to get out of work is essentially asking to get caught.) There can be severe consequences for lying about being sick, as a notable number of companies have fired employees for doing so. In addition to the findings, we've included a sampling of the more outrageous absence excuses from workers. More than 2,325 U.S. hiring and HR managers and 3,320 employees took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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