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You’re not at work because of what???

January 15th, 2009 at 05:23pm

An interesting story just landed in my inbox which I think is worth sharing:’s annual survey on absenteeism shows 33 percent of workers have played hooky from the office, calling in sick when they were well at least once in 2008.

Nearly one-in-ten workers (9 percent) who played hooky admitted to calling in sick because they wanted to miss a meeting, buy some time to work on a project that was already due or avoid the wrath of a boss or colleague.

Others missed work because they just needed to relax and recharge (30 percent), go to a doctor’s appointment (27 percent), catch up on sleep (22 percent), run personal errands (14 percent), catch up on housework (11 percent) or spend time with family and friends (11 percent).

Another 34 percent just didn’t feel like going to work that day.

When asked to share the most unusual excuses employees gave for missing work, employers offered the following real-life examples:

  • Employee didn’t want to lose the parking space in front of his house.
  • Employee hit a turkey while riding a bike.
  • Employee said he had a heart attack early that morning, but that he was “all better now.”
  • Employee donated too much blood.
  • Employee’s dog was stressed out after a family reunion.
  • Employee was kicked by a deer.
  • Employee contracted mono after kissing a mailroom intern at the company holiday party and suggested the company post some sort of notice to warn others who may have kissed him.
  • Employee swallowed too much mouthwash.
  • Employee’s wife burned all his clothes and he had nothing to wear to work.
  • Employee’s toe was injured when a soda can fell out of the refrigerator.
  • Employee was up all night because the police were investigating the death of someone discovered behind her house.
  • Employee’s psychic told her to stay home.

Source: Ross Round-up Newsletter – January 2009

I think this calls for a song…unfortunately the only embeddable version of this song that I can find on YouTube has a mangled aspect ratio.


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  • 1. davky  |  January 18th, 2009 at 3:23 am

    So what do you think, SGS? Have you taken sickies for reasons other than illness?

    I certainly have. And my staff have as well. I don’t really have a problem with it as long as they choose their fake sickies on days where we have sufficient available staff to replace them.

    Quite frankly, if my staff don’t want to be at work, I don’t really want them to be there either. I just ask for a bit of consideration in their choice of day.

  • 2. Samuel  |  January 18th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Yes…I just found the list amusing.


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