According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, one-third of employers reported that workers call in sick more often during the holidays. No surprise, right?
Well, the survey also found that 29 percent of workers have admitted to calling in sick when they were actually feeling fine this year, citing errands and other plans with friends and family as the top reasons to play hooky.
Harris Interactive conducted the nationwide survey, which included more than 2,600 employers and 4,300 employees.
While the survey revealed some fascinating trends, like the fact that an increasing number of employees have taken to texting the boss to take a sick day in order to avoid a potentially stressful phone call, it also unearthed some very unusual and dubious excuses.
Here’s CareerBuilder’s list of the best:
- Employee's 12-year-old daughter stole his car and he had no other way to work. Employee didn't want to report it to the police.
- Employee said bats got in her hair.
- Employee said a refrigerator fell on him.
- Employee was in line at a coffee shop when a truck carrying flour backed up and dumped the flour into her convertible.
- Employee said a deer bit him during hunting season.
- Employee ate too much at a party.
- Employee fell out of bed and broke his nose.
- Employee got a cold from a puppy.
- Employee's child stuck a mint up his nose and had to go to the ER to remove it.
- Employee hurt his back chasing a beaver.
- Employee got his toe caught in a vent cover.
- Employee had a headache after going to too many garage sales.
- Employee's brother-in-law was kidnapped by a drug cartel while in Mexico.
- Employee drank anti-freeze by mistake and had to go to the hospital.
- Employee was at a bowling alley and a bucket filled with water crashed through the ceiling and hit her on the head.