According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, we’re fast approaching that time of year when employees call out sick the most. Most employees stay home when sickness strikes hardest: December (20%), January (15%) and February (14%).
But how often are employees who call out sick actually under the weather? The survey indicates that 38% of employees have called out sick, when they’re actually ok. That’s up from 28% in 2014.
What the explanation for the spike? Maybe it’s Netflix (as the survey jokingly intimates). Maybe it’s to binge-read this blog. Or maybe, employees are getting more creative with the sick-day excuses. Here are the hella-best from the survey:
- Employee claimed his grandmother poisoned him with ham.
- Employee was stuck under the bed.
- Employee broke his arm reaching to grab a falling sandwich.
- Employee said the universe was telling him to take a day off.
- Employee’s wife found out he was cheating. He had to spend the day retrieving his belongings from the dumpster.
- Employee poked herself in the eye while combing her hair.
- Employee said his wife put all his underwear in the washer.
- Employee said the meal he cooked for a department potluck didn’t turn out well.
- Employee was going to the beach because the doctor said she needed more vitamin D.
- Employee said her cat was stuck inside the dashboard of her car.
What’s the best sick-day excuse that one of your employees has offered to you? Email me. Or let me know in the comments down below.