Whether it’s to finish binge-watching their latest Netflix obsession, take care of personal errands or simply needing a day off, many workers aren’t above taking a sick day despite having a clean bill of health.
According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 38% of employees have called in to work sick when they’re feeling well in the past year, up from 28% last year.
CareerBuilder also learned that some employees take their excuses to the next level, from claims of poisoning at grandma’s hands to the urgent need to dumpster dive. Real-life bosses no doubt cringed when they heard that a subordinate missed work because he or she:
- Had been poisoned by a bad ham her grandmother served
- Got stuck under the bed
- Broke his arm reaching to grab a falling sandwich
- Said the universe was telling him to take a day off
- Was caught cheating on his wife and had to retrieve his belongings from the dumpster
- Poked herself in the eye while combing her hair
- Said his wife put all his underwear in the washer
- Was embarrassed that the dish he planned to bring to the office potluck didn’t turn out well
- Went to the beach because the doctor said she needed more vitamin D
- Had to have a cat removed from inside the dashboard of her car.
Employees who called in sick but really weren’t told CareerBuilder they:
Just didn't feel like coming to work 27%
Needed to relax 25%
Needed to catch up on sleep 21%
Blamed bad weather 12%
Source: CareerBuilder/Harris poll, October 2015