Interesting Excuses Employers Reported This Year

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Interesting Excuses Employers Reported This Year…

CareerBuilder’s annual survey on absenteeism in the workplace reveals some of the most creative excuses employees used this year when calling in sick. The online survey included 2,099 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,484 full time employees.



Up two percent from last year, 2013′s survey shows that 32% of workers called in sick when they were not actually ill. The majority of employees, however, use sick days to recover from being ill. After that, the most common reasons employees do not come into work in statistical order include: just don’t feel like going; felt like they needed to relax; doctor’s appointment; wanted to catch up on sleep; or errands to do.

What are some of the more interesting excuses employers reported hearing this year?

  • 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 said that someone glued her doors and windows shut so she couldn’t leave the house to come to work
  • Employee bit her tongue and couldn’t talk
  • 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 got lost and ended up in another state
  • Employee couldn’t decide what to wear


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