Seven crazy excuses employees gave when calling in sick

Published: Friday, Oct. 12 2012 12:00 p.m. MDT

Workers give strange reasons for calling in sick in this year's survey of employers by CareerBuilder.


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Have you ever called in sick because you accidentally dyed your hair orange?

This was just one of many reasons workers gave their employers for taking a sick day, according to an annual survey by CareerBuilder.

Some of the other strange excuses employees gave included: their dog having a nervous breakdown, sickness from reading too much, forgetting they had been hired for the job, suffering from a broken heart, feeling upset after watching “Hunger Games” and a sobriety tool preventing their car from starting.

About one third of workers took a sick day while they were still healthy last year, according to CareerBuilder.

Twenty-nine percent of employers reported checking on employees to verify whether they were sick.

Some verification tactics employers used to catch fakers include requiring a doctor’s note, having coworkers call those suspected of faking sickness or even drive by the employee’s house. Seventeen percent fired workers who faked it, according to CareerBuilder.com.

Thirty-one percent of employers reported more workers calling in sick in December than any other month. The next most popular months to call in sick were July, January and February, according to the study.

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