I tend to find polls interesting.
One recent poll, sponsored by CareerBuilder.com, centred on employees and their sick days. Next to truly being sick, the most common reasons employees gave for calling in sick were because they didn’t feel like going to work (34 percent) or because they felt like they just needed a day off to relax (29 percent).
But, what I found most interesting were some of the excuses employees came up with when they called in sick but weren’t actually sick.
• Employee’s sobriety tool wouldn’t allow their car to start
• Employee forgot he had been hired for the job
• Employee said her dog was having a nervous breakdown
• Employee’s said her dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation
• Employee’s toe was stuck in a faucet
• Employee said a bird bit her
• Employee was too upset after watching “The Hunger Games”
• Employee got sick from reading too much
• Employee said his finger was stuck in a bowling ball
• Employee’s foot was stuck in a garbage disposal
• Employee called in sick from a bar at 5:00 p.m. the day before
• Employee called in the day after Thanksgiving saying she had burned her mouth on pumpkin pie
It’s been said that it’s all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Well, that would be the part where the employer suspects they’ve gotten a bogus excuse, and decides to do something about it. After all, 29 percent of bosses say they’ve checked up on an employee who called in sick.
• 70 percent of bosses who’ve checked up on an employee have required a doctor’s note
• 50 percent of bosses who’ve checked up on an employee have called the employee at home
• 15 percent of bosses who’ve checked up on an employee have gone to the employee’s house or apartment
(This actually happened in my first marriage when my husband played hooky one day too many. He was fired because he had been playing hooky to go make nooky with someone else on staff)
But I digress…
Which leads to my last statistic.
• 16 percent of employers say they’ve fired an employee for missing work without a proven excuse
The moral of the story?
There’s really no excuse for pretending that you have a good excuse.
And now, if you’ll excuse me…