Why Healthy Employees Call in Sick

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Over the past year, 28% of the employees surveyed have called in sick when they were feeling well, down from 32% last year.

Let's face it: Some employees would say anything to get out of work for a day. But it's very unlikely that you've worked with a professional who's resorted to some of the following outrageous excuses to call in sick, as compiled from a recent CareerBuilder survey. Overall, the percentage of professionals who call in sick when they're actually healthy is trending downward, but there are still a significant number of workers who do this. Many employers, in turn, are willing to check up on a staff member to make sure the absence is legitimate, most often by asking for a doctor's note. (Though it's hard to believe, quite a few workers who fake illnesses essentially give themselves up by posting comments about their duplicity on social media.) Fortunately, IT professionals are particularly good about using their sick days: Only 22 percent have called in for illnesses in the past year, which is far below the norm for employees in other professions. More than 3,100 workers and 2,200 hiring managers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-11-20
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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