New data shows more people called out sick from work this year than last year when they were feeling just fine.
According to a CareerBuilders survey, 40 percent of workers that called out sick in the last 12 months weren't. That's up five percent from last year.
The survey also found female workers were more likely to take sick days than their male counterparts.
Although they may not necessarily be sick, most respondents cited having a doctors appointment as the top reason to take a sick day, followed by not feeling like going to work and wanting to relax.
The online survey consisted of more than 2,000 full-time hiring managers and human resources professionals and more than 3,000 full-time employees.
When asked to share the most questionable excuses workers have given for calling in sick, employers reported hearing the following:
- A bear was in employee's yard and they were afraid to come out.
- Employee's phone exploded and it hurt their hand.
- Employee ate a toothpick in his food at restaurant.
- Employee broke his arm wrestling a female bodybuilder.
- Employee called in "fat" because uniform didn't fit.
- Dog swallowed employee's car keys so she was waiting until it came out.
- Employee left his clothes at the laundry mat.
- Employee did not have enough gas to get to work.
- Employee had to re-schedule a new manicure because some of their artificial nails fell off.
- Employee was not sure how the solar eclipse would affect them so it would be safer to stay at home.
Perhaps also worth noting is that last year more employers reported having fired a worker for calling in sick with a fake excuse.
Caught in the act
One of the main giveaways employers said tipped them off to knowing a worker was lying about being sick? Social media. In fact, forty-three percent of respondents said they caught an employee by checking their social media posts.
When employees actually were sick, 58 percent admitted they go into work because otherwise the work won't get done. Forty-eight percent go in because they can't afford to miss a day of pay.
You can read the full report here.