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The excuses for not reporting to work can be legendary, like the female worker who claimed she had to stay home because her psychic said so, but the real reason is probably more mundane.
Thirty-three percent of workers have played hooky from the office at least once during 2008, according to a survey conducted with 3,388 hiring managers and HR professionals and 6,842 full-time U.S. employees during August and September 2008.
Among the most unusual excuses employees have given for missing work, according to CareerBuilder.com:
A majority of employees fake illness because they just don’t feel like going to work (34 percent), they want to relax and recharge (30 percent), they need to go to a doctor’s appointment (27 percent) or they want to catch some z’s (22 percent), according to the CareerBuilder.com-commissioned survey.
A smaller percentage said that they wanted time to run personal errands (14 percent), catch up on housework (11 percent) or spend time with family and friends (11 percent), or that they wanted to dodge a meeting, buy some time to work on an already-due project, or avoid a boss or colleague’s wrath (9 percent).
Most employers typically don’t question the reason for an absence, the survey found, although 31 percent have checked up on an employee who called in sick and 18 percent have fired a worker for missing work without having a legitimate excuse.
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