London - A heavy turkey dinner caused one worker to sleep through his shift. Another said his false teeth flew out the car window.
These were just two of the imaginative excuses employees gave bosses when calling in sick last year, according to a study released last week by CareerBuilder, the jobs website.
Nearly a third of the 5 500 workers and managers who took part in the online survey admitted to taking sick days when they were not ill, which experts say costs businesses money.
“These are funny explanations, but employee absence is a fairly serious issue for employers,” said Patricia Purdy at Pacific Resources, an employee absence management company.
On average, employee absences accounted for 35 percent of an employer’s base payroll. When someone did not come to work, bosses had to pay overtime to workers who did, or pay replacement workers, and absorb the costs of lower productivity, she said.
Only 24 percent of people said they used sick days to see a doctor, according to the report. One third of respondents said they used sick days because they just didn’t feel like going to work.
“While some employers may be flexible with how employees use their sick days, 16 percent say they have fired employees for calling in sick with a fake excuse,” CareerBuilder said. – Reuters