You can’t possibly make this stuff up.
As CareerBuilder is careful to point out:
“In the past year, 30 percent of workers have called in sick when not actually ill, keeping on par with previous years. Sick days, legitimate or otherwise, also become more frequent around the winter holidays, with nearly one-third of employers reporting more employees call in sick during the holiday season.”
Take a look at this list CareerBuilder compiled from the survey. You may have heard some of these yourself.
When asked to share the most memorable excuses, employers reported the following real-life examples:
29 percent of bosses check up on excuses
The survey also found that a fair number of managers want to verify if sick workers are actually sick.
This was a big issue for me when I was a manager in Hawaii in a union shop, and mysteriously had a number of the surfers on staff call in sick when the surf was particularly large. I never caught any of them surfing when they should have been home in bed, but that was more because I didn’t have the time or resources to track all of them down.