Is the recession making workers sick? All signs point to yes — at least where attendance records are concerned. CareerBuilder’s annual survey on absenteeism says one-third of workers have skipped work when they were feeling fine at least once this year. Twenty-eight percent of employers think more employees are absent with fake excuses due to increased stress and burnout due to the recession.
The nationwide survey suggests many employees are using sick days for mental health days, but more than one in 10 workers who played hooky admitted to calling in sick because of something work-related. Reasons include wanting to miss a meeting, give themselves some more time to work on a project, or avoid a boss, colleague, or client. To see some of the most unusual excuses employees gave for missing work,
- I got sunburned at a nude beach and can’t wear clothes.
- I woke up in Canada.
- I got caught selling an alligator.
- My buddies locked me in the trunk of an abandoned car after a weekend of drinking.
- My mom said I was not allowed to go to work today.
- A bee flew in my mouth.
- I’m just not into it today.
- I accidentally hit a nun with my motorcycle.
- A random person threw poison ivy in my face and now I have a rash.
- I’m convinced my spouse is having an affair and I’m staying home to catch them.
- I was injured chasing a seagull.
- I have a headache from eating hot peppers.
Have you ever made up a wacky excuse to get out of work this year?