Revealed: 15 of the silliest reasons for pulling a sickie

  • 15 ridiculous excuses employees have tried to pull
  • 39 million working days are lost a year due to sickies
  • Sickies cost UK businesses more than £4billion a year

February 5th marks ‘National Sickie Day’ and, according to research conducted by Citation*, a whopping 39 million working days are lost a year because of them.

The financial repercussion? More than £4billion**.

So, we took a look at some of the most bizarre bluffs we’ve come across. In no particular order, the results are in:

1There’s a lion in my garden.
2My gran’s passed away (she was alive and well serving porridge in one of the business’ sites).
3My teeth are too white.
4It’s too cold to leave my house.
5I had a one night stand and don’t know where I am.
6I fell out of bed and sprained my ankle.
7A fortune teller told me I should stay at home today..
8My ex-partner set all my clothes on fire.
9I contracted food poisoning from a chocolate bar I ate last night.
10It’s my boyfriend’s, hamster’s funeral.
11I fractured my finger playing a game of snap.
12A flock of ducks have blocked me in my drive.
13My split ends are horrendous, I need an emergency haircut.
14I woke up in a good mood and didn’t want to ruin it.
15I accidentally got on a flight to Spain.

Jenny Ware, Citation’s HR Business Partner, commented: “Make sure you get employees to call you when they’re sick – it’s far harder to stick to a made-up excuse talking to someone than texting in. If you do get a random excuse, tackle it in the return to work interview.

“It could be just a very bad lie or it could be a sign of something more serious. Either way, it’s best to address it quickly.”

*3gem questioned a nationally representative sample of 2,000 working adults aged 18 and over between 11th and 14th July 2017.

**Based on the average 2016/17 of £27,600, divided by the number of wording days (260).

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