We 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.