Study reveals most absurd excuses for calling in sick

Oct 19, 2015 2:44 PM by News Staff

Ever call in sick when you’re feeling just fine? If so, you’re not alone. A new study shows a large percentage of workers called in sick when they weren’t sick at all last year.

The results of a new CareerBuilder study, which surveyed 3,321 adult employees and 2,326 hiring and human resource managers, found 38 percent of workers called in sick during the past year when they actually felt fine, up from 28 percent in last year's survey.

Of the employees who have called in sick when feeling well in the past year, 27 percent said they had a doctor's appointment, the same proportion said they just didn't feel like going, 26 percent said they needed to relax, 21 percent said they needed to catch up on sleep and 12 percent blamed bad weather, according to the study.

When asked to share the most memorable excuses for workplace absences they've heard, employers reported the following real-life examples:

Employee claimed his grandmother poisoned him with ham.

Employee was stuck under the bed.

Employee broke his arm reaching to grab a falling sandwich.

Employee said the universe was telling him to take a day off.

Employee's wife found out he was cheating. He had to spend the day retrieving his belongings from the dumpster.

Employee poked herself in the eye while combing her hair.

Employee said his wife put all his underwear in the washer.

Employee said the meal he cooked for a department potluck didn't turn out well.

Employee was going to the beach because the doctor said she needed more vitamin D.

Employee said her cat was stuck inside the dashboard of her car.


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