July 2024

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Just admit it. We’ve all done it before. You all called in sick at work at least once in your life because you wanted to take advantage of a few extra hours of sleep. Sick days are part of most employee benefits packages, and workers surely take advantage of them. Employment website CareerBuilder conducted a survey in a sample of 3103 full-time private sector workers, and 2203 hiring managers across industries.

The survey findings are quite interesting. Results reveal that 28% of American employees called in sick in 2014. December is the most popular time to take sick days (why are we not surprised?). While most of these absences were justified, you will be surprised to hear some of the ridiculous excuses some employees have invented.

1. I just put a casserole in the oven

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We wonder how long that casserole took to cook.

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2. My plastic surgery for enhancement purposes needed some “tweaking” to get it just right

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Let’s hope we will recognize the employee.

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3. I was sitting in the bathroom and my feet and legs fell asleep. When I stood, up I fell and broke my ankle.

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Now this original. At least the employee can win points for her sense of humor.

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4. I had been at the casino all weekend and I still had money left to play with on Monday morning.

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Hopefully, he will share the winnings when he is back to work…or quit if he won the jackpot!

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5. I woke up in a good mood and didn’t want to ruin it

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Now this deserves to take a day off. At least he is honest.

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6. I had a “lucky night” and didn’t know where I was.

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Not sure how managers should respond to this one… but it is hilarious!

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7. I got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn’t get out

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We hope the test results were negative.

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8. I had a gall stone they wanted to heal holistically

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This implies several follow-up exams.

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9. My uniform caught on fire by putting it in the microwave to dry

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This looks like a strong case for a bad hire.

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10. I accidentally got on a plane…

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…and went on vacation!

source: CareerBuilder

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