October 16, 2012 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – In the past year, 30% of workers have called in sick when not actually ill, and many have given employers creative excuses, a CareerBuilder study discovered.
Next to actually being sick, the most common reasons employees call in sick are because they just do not feel like going to work (34%) or because they felt like they needed to relax (29%). Others take the day off so they can make it to a doctor’s appointment (22%), catch up on sleep (16%) or run errands (15%).
Some of the more creative explanations for employee absences reported by employers are:
- Sobriety tool wouldn’t allow the car to start;
- Forgot he had been hired for the job;
- Dog was having a nervous breakdown;
- Dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation;
- Toe was stuck in a faucet;
- Bitten by a bird;
- Upset after watching “The Hunger Games”;
- Got sick from reading too much;
- Suffering from a broken heart; and
- Hair turned orange from dying it at home.