CareerBuilder recently carried out a survey of 5,000 workers in the UK regarding excuses they used for calling in sick. Below are some of the most memorable entries.
- I got stuck under the bed
An employee who was looking for their shoes got stuck under the bed, they believed the subsequent trauma sufficed as a good reason to call in sick.
- I poked myself in the eye
This occurred when the employee was combing their hair in preparation for work, but unfortunately the comb shipped and the subsequent outcome was a poke in the eye.
- I was caught cheating and I couldn’t find my clothes
This is probably something that happened but too much information of a sensational nature for your colleagues in that a) you were caught cheating and b) all your clothes are in the local dump.
Using creative excuses when calling in sick is generally not a good idea. It not only puts your credibility into question but also you can be quickly found out if an employer gives you a quick call or decides to check your social media posts. In addition, if your excuse is off the wall or over-elaborate, chances are that your employer and work colleagues will be very curious and will want you to elaborate further on your return and you could easily end up looking like a fool.