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Top 15 Most Unusual Excuses for Missing Work!

Posted by Triona Cahalane on Fri, Jan 13, 2012

Absence ManagementWe are in the middle of the cold and flu season which is a substantial contributor to workplace absences at this time of the year and according to CareerBuilder, the highest period of employee absenteeism occurs between January and March with 34% using sick days during this period. However, not all is as it seems with some 29% of workers have admitted to using their sick days to spend time with family or for other reasons other than a sore throat. In this recent study by CareerBuilder, they have highlighted a number of outrageous but real excuses used when calling in sick by employees.

These have included:

  • Employee’s 12-year-old daughter stole his car and he had no other way to work. Employee didn’t want to report it to the police.
  • Employee said bats got in her hair.
  • Employee said a refrigerator fell on him.
  • Employee was in line at a coffee shop when a truck carrying flour backed up and dumped the flour into her convertible.
  • Employee said a deer bit him during hunting season.
  • Employee ate too much at a party.
  • Employee fell out of bed and broke his nose.
  • Employee got a cold from a puppy.
  • Employee’s child stuck a mint up his nose and had to go to the ER to remove it.
  • Employee hurt his back chasing a beaver.
  • Employee got his toe caught in a vent cover.
  • Employee had a headache after going to too many garage sales.
  • Employee’s brother-in-law was kidnapped by a drug cartel while in Mexico.
  • Employee drank anti-freeze by mistake and had to go to the hospital.
  • Employee was at a bowling alley and a bucket filled with water crashed through the ceiling and hit her on the head.
Can you add any extra to the list?

Topics: Absenteeism