According to an online survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com, employers are not firing workers quite as often for faking illness to get a day off. According to survey results, 15% of employers fired workers this year because they faked an illness, down from 18% in 2008.
It appears fewer employers have the time to check up on absent workers. This year, only 29% of employers said they check up on absent workers. Last year, 31% said they did.
So why are workers absent when they aren’t sick? Some employers said stress over the bad economy and job burnout were to blame. Workers’ explanations ran the gamut, from ducking out on unpleasant tasks at work to just not feeling like coming in. Several said they needed to catch up on sleep, while others ran errands or simply spent the time with family.
Harris Interactive conducted the survey for CareerBuilder and spoke with 3,163 hiring managers and 4,721 full-time adult workers.