Just don’t feel like going into work today? You’re not alone, but be careful what you tell the boss. They’ve heard all the excuses.
According to new CareerBuilder data, 40% of workers have called in sick in the last 12 months when they weren’t, compared to 35% in 2016 and 38% in 2015. Women were more likely than men to take sick days when they were well— 43% to 35% respectively.
Nearly three in five workers who have a paid time off program (28%) say they feel obligated to make up an excuse for taking a day off, even though the majority of employees (54%) work for companies with a paid time-off program that rolls sick, vacation and personal days together.
10 most unbelievable excuses
When asked to share the most dubious excuses workers have given for calling in sick, employers reported hearing the following:
- Bear in the yard made employee afraid to come out.
- Phone exploded, injuring employee’s hand.
- Ate a toothpick in his restaurant meal.
- Broke arm while wrestling a female bodybuilder.
- Called in “fat” because uniform didn’t fit.
- Dog swallowed employee’s car keys, so employee had to wait “until they came out.”
- Left clothes at the laundromat.
- Not enough gas in the car to get to work.
- Had to get a fresh manicure after artificial nails fell off.
- Unsure how the solar eclipse would affect him, employee thought it might be safer to stay home.