About 30% of workers admit faking sickness for day off
According to Career Builder, some other unusual excuses include: a broken heart, "my dog is having a nervous breakdown," "my toe is stuck in a faucet," and "I forgot i was hired for the job."
The survey finds about 30% of workers admit to calling in sick when they weren't during the past year. The most common reasons for faking sickness involved making more time for other things, like running errands, making a doctor's appointment and catching up on sleep. About 34% admit they called in sick because they just didn't feel like going to work.
But not every employee is successful in getting an extra day off. The survey asked bosses what they do when they suspect a faker. Twenty-nine percent say they check out an employee's story, often by calling to check in or asking for a doctor's note.
Eighteen percent of employers say they have asked co-workers if they know about an employee's sick day, and 14% of bosses say they have driven by an employee's house to see if anything is suspicious. And 17% say they have fired a worker caught in a lie about being sick.