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24 unbelievable excuses employees have given for skipping work

24 unbelievable excuses employees have given for skipping work

Like last year CareerBuilder asked HR Managers to share the weirdest call-out excuses they’ve heard.

This year’s results were incomparable. Find below the 14 best excuses (taken straight from CareerBuilder’s survey results):

  • Employee said the ozone in the air flattened his tires.
  • Employee’s pressure cooker had exploded and scared her sister, so she had to stay home.
  • Employee had to attend the funeral of his wife’s cousin’s pet because he was an uncle and pallbearer.
  • Employee was blocked in by police raiding her home.
  • Employee had to testify against a drug dealer and the dealer’s friend mugged him.
  • Employee said her roots were showing and she had to keep her hair appointment because she looked like a mess.
  • Employee ate cat food instead of tuna and was deathly ill.
  • Employee said she wasn’t sick but her llama was.
  • Employee had used a hair remover under her arms and had chemical burns as a result. She couldn’t put her arms down by her sides due to that.
  • Employee was bowling the game of his life and couldn’t make it to work.
  • Employee was experiencing traumatic stress from a large spider found in her home. She had to stay home to deal with the spider.
  • Employee said he had better things to do.
  • Employee ate too much birthday cake.
  • Employee was bitten by a duck.

On the plus side, fewer employees admit to making up excuses for calling out — as 35% said they’ve called in sick when they were just fine, which is down from 38% the previous year.

CareerBuilder surveyed 3,100 full-time employees in addition to more than 2,500 full-time HR and hiring managers in this year’s survey.

Of the 35% of workers who lied about their reasons for missing work, here’s why they did it:

  • Just didn’t feel like going in to work — 28%
  • Attend a doctor’s appointment — 27%
  • To relax — 24%
  • Catch up on sleep — 18%
  • Run personal errands — 11%

 

2015’s best excuses

Here are the 10 best call-out excuses employers revealed in CareerBuilder’s 2015 survey:

  • Employee claimed his grandmother poisoned him with ham.
  • Employee was stuck under the bed.
  • Employee broke his arm reaching to grab a falling sandwich.
  • Employee said the universe was telling him to take a day off.
  • Employee’s wife found out he was cheating. He had to spend the day retrieving his belongings from the dumpster.
  • Employee poked herself in the eye while combing her hair.
  • Employee said his wife put all his underwear in the washer.
  • Employee said the meal he cooked for a department potluck didn’t turn out well.
  • Employee was going to the beach because the doctor said she needed more vitamin D.
  • Employee said her cat was stuck inside the dashboard of her car.

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