New survey reveals most unusual excuses for calling in sick

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CHICAGO —

Many people are guilty of calling in sick when they are not really sick.

A recent survey was conducted asking employers, hiring managers and human resource professionals what the most frequent excuse employees use to call in sick over the past year. 

Results reveal 30 percent of workers over the past year have called in sick even when they were not.

Employers reported some of the most creative excuses for playing hooky:

  • Employee’s sobriety tool wouldn't allow the car to start
  • Employee forgot he had been hired for the job
  • Employee said her dog was having a nervous breakdown

Check out the complete Top 10 list of most creative excuses here.

The survey results were reported in a release from Career Builder.

Some other stats from the survey that might surprise you are:

  • 29 of employers said they have required employees to produce a doctor's note or checked up on employee later in the day
  • 17 percent of employers have fired employees for giving a fake excuse
  • 31 percent of employers noticed an uptick in sick days around the winter holidays
  • 20 percent of employers said December is the most popular month for sick days
  • 34 percent of employers said employees call in because they just don't feel like going to work
  • 16 percent of employers said employees call in because they needed to catch up on sleep

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