We've all been there when we aren't sick but we want to call into work sick to just have the day/night off....we're all guilty of it...
A new survey by CareerBuilder reveals that 30% of people have called in sick in the past year when they are not actually ill. Other findings:
- 18% of employers have had other employees call a suspected faker
- 14% of employers have driven by the sick employee's home
- 29% of employers have checked up on an employee to verify that the illness is legitimate, usually by requiring a doctor's note or calling the employee later in the day.
- 17% of employers have fired employees for giving a fake excuse
- the most common reasons employees call in sick are because they just don't feel like going to work (34%) or because they felt like they needed to relax (29%). Others take a day off so they can make a doctor's appointment (22%), catch up on sleep (16%) or run errands (15%).
When asked to share the most memorable explanations employees have used for missing work, employers reported the following real-life examples:
- Employee's sobriety tool wouldn't allow the car to start
- Employee forgot he had been hired for the job
- Employee said her dog was having a nervous breakdown
- Employee's dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation
- Employee's toe was stuck in a faucet
- Employee said a bird bit her
- Employee was upset after watching "The Hunger Games"
- Employee got sick from reading too much
- Employee was suffering from a broken heart
- Employee's hair turned orange from dyeing her hair at home