Anyone thinking of pulling a sickie on Monday should take heed: job site CareerBuilder has carried out a survey of employees' excuses for calling in sick and discovered some real howlers.
From claiming they need the day to fix some botched plastic surgery to saying they'd just put a casserole in the oven, US workers have been bewildering their bosses.
Over the past year, says CareerBuilder, 28% of employees have called in sick when they weren't, down from 32% last year. When asked for a reason, 30% said they just didn't feel like going in, and 29% said they wanted a day to relax.
Twenty-one percent took the day off for a doctor's appointment and 19% to catch up on sleep. Meanwhile, bad weather was enough to encourage 11% of employees to take the day off.
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We're approaching peak season for calling in sick - December, January and February - but only 8% of workers say they've pulled a sickie at Christmas, either to spend some time with family and friends or to do their Christmas shopping.
But what were these excuses? Employers reported hearing the following real-life examples...
• Employee had just put a casserole in the oven.
• Employee's cosmetic plastic surgery needed some 'tweaking' to get it just right.
• Employee was sitting in the bathroom and her feet and legs fell asleep. When she stood, up she fell and broke her ankle.
• Employee had been at the casino all weekend and still had money left to play with on Monday morning.
• Employee woke up in a good mood and didn't want to ruin it.
• Employee had a 'lucky night' and didn't know where he was.
• Employee got stuck in a blood pressure machine and couldn't get out.
• Employee had a gall stone they wanted to heal holistically.
• Employee set their uniform on fire by putting it in the microwave to dry.
• Employee accidentally got on a plane.
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