Employees have always been creative when it comes to taking time off to interview or to work for other reasons. Some of the interview excuses that site visitors have contributed are interesting - plumbing problems, lots of dental work, burglary, car troubles and more.
CareerBuilder's annual absentee survey reports a variety of reasons why employees are missing work, some more creative than others. Next to actually being sick, the most common reasons employees call in sick is because they just don't feel like going to work (33%) or because they need to relax (28%).
Some employees take the day off so they can make it to a doctor's appointment (24%), sleep (19%), or run errands (14%). Others spend their sick days going to the doctor (24%), catching up on sleep (19%) or running personal errands (14%).
Then there are the creative excuses for missing work. Maybe they aren't all fake, but they are certainly different. Here are real reasons employees gave for not being able to make it to work:
- Employee's false teeth flew out the window while driving down the highway
- Employee's favorite football team lost on Sunday so needed Monday to recover
- Employee was quitting smoking and was grouchy
- Employee said that someone glued her doors and windows shut so she couldn't leave the house to come to work
- Employee claimed a swarm of bees surrounded his vehicle and he couldn't make it in
- Employee said the chemical in turkey made him fall asleep and he missed his shift
- Employee received a threatening phone call from the electric company and needed to report it to the FBI
- Employee needed to finish Christmas shopping
- Employee got lost and ended up in another state
- Employee couldn't decide what to wear
Don't think that you won't be checked up on, regardless of your excuse. 30% of employers have checked up on an employee to make sure they really were sick. Of those that checked, 64% required a doctor's note, 48% called the employee, 19% checked the employee's social media posts, 17 % had another employee call the sick employee and 15% drove past the employee's house.
The obvious lesson here for job seekers is to be careful what excuses you are using to take time off and to be careful if you use fake excuses. You don't want to lose your job before you find a new one. I always suggest that job seekers try to schedule interviews early or late in the day, or at lunch time. Another alternative, if you can schedule a couple of interviews on one day, is taking a vacation day.
Ready the Survey: Most Outrageous Excuses Workers Have Given When Calling in Sick
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