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That's Your Excuse??
October 27, 2010 @ 04:16 PM | By Jill Huselton

Oh boy, for once my procrastination has paid off! All week I’ve been trying to think of what to write for my blog post, and this afternoon, instead of staring at a blank Word document, I checked out some news sites and found my inspiration.

CareerBuilder recently conducted a survey to find out how many people are fudging on their sick days and what some of the best excuses were for missing work. The survey shows close to a third of workers have played hooky from the office at least once this year, calling in sick when they really weren’t. Twenty seven percent of employers say there’s an increase in bogus sick excuses from employees due to continued stress and burnout caused by the weak economy.

Here are the top 12, which should give you at least a little chuckle.

  1. Employee said a chicken attacked his mom.
  2. Employee’s finger was stuck in a bowling ball.
  3. Employee had a hair transplant gone bad.
  4. Employee fell asleep as his desk while working and hit his head, causing a neck injury.
  5. Employee said a cow broke into her house and she had to wait for the insurance man.
  6. Employee’s girlfriend threw a Sit n Spin through his living room window.
  7. Employee’s foot was caught in the garbage disposal.
  8. Employee called in sick from a bar at 5:00 p.m. the night before.
  9. Employee said he wasn’t feeling too clever that day.
  10. Employee had to mow the lawn to avoid a lawsuit from the home owner’s association.
  11. Employee called in the day after Thanksgiving because she burned her mouth on a pumpkin pie.
  12. Employee was in a boat on Lake Erie and ran out of gas and the coast guard towed him to the Canadian side.

Fibbers (or stretchers-of-the-truth) beware! Even though most employers said they trusted their workers were really sick, some had their doubts: 29 percent reported they have checked up on an employee who called in sick and 16 percent said they have fired a worker for missing work without a proven excuse. Of the employers who checked up on an employee, 70 percent said they required the employee to show them a doctor’s note, half called the employee at home, 18 percent had another worker call the employee and 15 percent drove by the employee’s house or apartment. I’m having visions of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off go through my head.

For those of you who would want to call in sick, but feel the tug of your conscience, you can always go halfway. Use audio conference calls or web conferencing to take the one meeting you feel you just can't miss. If you're going the web route, make sure to unplug your web cam.

What’s your favorite from the list? Got any better ones?

Jill Huselton is a Senior Marketing Manager at InterCall

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