It's no surprise that not everyone who calls in sick isn't doesn't really have the sniffles. Thirty percent of workers admitted to calling in sick when they weren't actually under the weather, a new Careerbuilder survey reports.
What might be surprising are some of the more creative excuses they've tried to use to get out of work, and just how many employers are out to catch them.
The online poll conducted by Harris Interactive surveyed 3,976 workers and 2,494 U.S. hiring managers and human resource workers. In addition to raw numbers, Careerbuilder also collected the memorable excuses bosses had heard.
How about the employee who called in sick because they were "upset after watching 'The Hunger Games'"? Or the guy who said he "forgot he was hired for the job?" Or the person who couldn't come in to work because they were "sick from reading too much"?
Other eyebrow-raising reasons included "toe stuck in faucet," "dead grandmother being exhumed for police investigation," "bird bite," "broken heart," and "sobriety tool wouldn't allow car to start."
What motivates the strategies behind these excuses? "Some subscribe to a 'less is more' mentality while others may feel the more detail they provide, the more believable the excuse will be," said Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder vice president of human resources.
Bosses are on the watch for flimsy excuses and will take steps to sniff out a faker. A surprising 29 percent of employers said they checked out an employee's story, most commonly by asking for a doctor's note or calling the worker later in the day.
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