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