Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? It turns out playing hooky isn’t just for high school students. A recent survey from CareerBuilder finds that 28% of employees have faked sickness to stay home from the office – many for no reason at all.
Thirty percent of fakers say they just didn’t feel like going in to work, while 29% wanted the day to relax. Other top reasons included attending a doctor’s appointment and catching up on sleep.
While nearly half of survey respondents say they have a paid time off policy that allows them to call out of work for personal reasons, 23% are still compelled to fib. And though a white lie may be harmless, don’t broadcast your Bueller-inspired hijinks online: 24% of employers have caught their employees lying about being sick through social media.
Need some inspiration about what not to say, if you are fake-coughing on the phone? Here are the top 10 most unbelievable excuses, according to CareerBuilder:
- Employee just put a casserole in the oven.
- Employee’s plastic surgery for enhancement purposes needed some "tweaking" to get it just right.
- Employee was sitting in the bathroom and her feet and legs fell asleep. When she stood, up she fell and broke her ankle.
- Employee had been at the casino all weekend and still had money left to play with on Monday morning.
- Employee woke up in a good mood and didn't want to ruin it.
- Employee had a “lucky night” and didn’t know where he was.
- Employee got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn't get out.
- Employee had a gall stone they wanted to heal holistically.
- Employee caught their uniform on fire by putting it in the microwave to dry.
- Employee accidentally got on a plane.