Ever call in sick even when you’re not? A Career Builder survey found 30 percent of workers over the past year have. I’m surprised that number isn’t higher. I’m also surprised by some of the bizarre and creative excuses workers gave to explain their absence from work. Try to imagine calling in with some of these excuses:
- My dog is having a nervous breakdown. Probably because he just ate my homework.
- My toe is stuck in a faucet. How did it get there you ask? Uh, I’ll get back to you on that.
- I’m having my dead grandmother dug up for a police investigation. Don’t believe me? I’ll bring her to work to show you. Would that make you happy?
- The sobriety tool wouldn’t let me start my car. But I’ll meet you guys after work for happy hour.
- I just got through watching “The Hunger Games” and too upset to come in. And too hungry.
- I’m suffering from a broken heart. Who isn’t?
Home for the holidays
So good luck trying any of those excuses. They’ve already been used. The survey also found 31 percent of employers saw an increase in sick days around the winter holidays. December is most popular month to call in sick, followed by July, January and February.
Chill out! It’s only work
Next to actually being sick, the most common reasons workers call in sick are:
- I don’t feel like going to work (34%).
- I need to chill out (29%).
- I have a doctor’s appointment (22%).
- I’ve got some sleep to catch up on (16%).
- I’m busy running errands (15%).
To catch a faker
But if you’re thinking of playing hooky you may want to think twice. Almost 30 percent of employers said they checked up on their employees by either calling them or requiring a doctors’ note. Hear that Ferris Bueller?