The Top 10 List of 2014’s Most Unbelievable Excuses for Calling in Sick

By lfsuser on November 02, 2014

Once a year, the website CareerBuilder releases the “Most Unbelievable Excuses for Calling in Sick,” a top ten list of the most questionable and creative excuses employees come up with to call in sick from work.surveys. The list is generated from a survey of 2,203 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,103 U.S. employees. In addition to the list, the survey reveals some interesting factoids and statistics about our nation’s workforce. For example:

  • Although 49% of employees say their employer provides them with a Paid Time Off (PTO) program that allows them to use their time off in any way they choose, only 23% of those employees still felt obligated to create an excuse to take the day off.
  • 31% of those employers surveyed admitted to checking to see if their employee was telling the truth when the employee called in sick (66% asked for a doctor’s note, 49% called the employee, and 15% literally drove past the employee’s house).
  • 53% of employees surveyed stated that they went into work even when sick because they felt that their work would not otherwise get completed.

To see the list of the most unbelievable excuses for calling in sick, click here.

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