The worst-kept key in each office is the person who frequently calls in sick when they are not. It happens. They’ve crazy explanations and, for some reason, always post their ailing day adventure on social networking.
In fact, CareerBuilder’s yearly poll says 40% of American workers have called into work when they aren’t actually ill. That amount is up from 35 percent the year earlier and 38% in 2015. Unfortunately for those workers, just over one-third of companies say they have checked up on employees who say they are sick, and 43 percent of these employers busted their workers based on social networking articles.
The poll of 2,257 fulltime hiring managers and 3,697 full-time workers also shows some ill day explanations are a comprehensive dumpster fire. Employers shared the most suspicious sick day claims they received annually. The excuses could be true, but they are raising serious red flags.
Here are a few of them:
1. “A bear was in the employee’s yard, and they were afraid to come out.”
2. “Employee’s phone exploded and it hurt their hand.”
3. “Employee ate a toothpick in his food at restaurant.”
4. “Dog swallowed employee’s car keys so she was waiting until it came out.”
5. “Employee left his clothes at the laundry mat.”
6. “Employee had to re-schedule a new manicure because some of their artificial nails fell off.”
7. “Employee was not sure how the solar eclipse would affect them so it would be safer to stay at home.”
Those are the type of explanations where, even though they’re somehow accurate, you should just say you’re running a fever. Your boss can’t deal with the truth regarding the bear in your lawn. (This listing of the very believable sick day explanations might help.)
But, every one of these explanations was only a single case. The most typical sick day excuses, according to the poll, were using a doctor appointment (30 percent of workers have stated this, true or not), not feeling like moving into work (23 percent), having to unwind (20%), and having to catch up on sleep (15 percent).
At times the truth is ridiculous, but that doesn’t mean your excuses have to be.