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‘I got stuck under my bed’ and more priceless absenteeism excuses

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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

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