Sex Injuries, Split Trousers and Sore Fingers: The Ridiculous Excuses People Give for Taking a Day Off Work

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We’ve all had those days when we just can’t be bothered to go to work.

And a study of 1,000 workers and 1,000 bosses has discovered that art of excuse making is very much alive and kicking.

Bizarre reasons for missing work included ‘A can of baked beans landed on my big toe’,'My car handbrake broke and it rolled down the hill into a lamppost’ and ‘My dog has had a big fright and I don’t want to leave him.’

One employee rang their manager to say they wouldn’t be in work that day as they were in A&E with a peg stuck on their tongue and another said his mother had died (this was the second time he had used this excuse).

‘I am hallucinating’, ‘I am stuck in my house because the door’s broken’ and ‘I’ve injured myself during sex’ were also cited as reasons to miss work.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the results showed that six out of ten employers don’t believe employees’ excuses when they call in sick.

One in four question those who do not sound ill enough or who give flimsy excuses, while factors like the weather being nice or the person seeming fine the day before also arouse suspicion.

A third of bosses scour social media after receiving a sickie call-in to see whether the staff member is well enough to post updates.

Certain excuses, such as vomiting bugs, viruses and abdominal pains are more likely to be believed.

But neck or back pain due to a pulled muscle or fatigue are not seen as worthy reasons to skip work.

Two thirds of bosses still demand their employees ring them when ill and are adamant that a text or email is not tolerated.

The research showed that the average person has skived off work on four occasions in their life to date – faking sickness when they weren’t ill at all.

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