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So, you thought you'd heard the most creative excuse for missing work? Try these:
"Sometimes there is a case where crazy things do happen," said Jennifer Sullivan, spokesperson for CareerBuilder.com, which commissioned a nationwide survey of 1,600 people.
The Out of the Office survey conducted in August 2004, which included responses from 700 managers, found that 20 percent of workers surveyed called in sick because they didn't feel like going into the office that day. More than one-third of U.S. workers called in sick at least once last year when they felt well.
Attending to personal errands and appointments, catching up on sleep and relaxing are the top three justifications given for providing a bogus reason, according to CareerBuilder.com.
Among the most unusual:
While some managers were amused by the wacky excuses cited in the study, Sullivan said, others were frustrated at what they saw as a lack of employee job commitment.
Using sick days for time off that has nothing to do with illness also is a reflection of the changing perception of the purpose of "sick days," she said.
"Twenty-five percent of those we surveyed said sick days were just extra vacation days and they treated them as such," she said, adding that some people see sick days as "mental health days."
But then maybe you'd need a mental health day, too, if a hit man was after you.
Kathy Gurchiek is an associate editor at HR News.
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