Revealed: 15 of the silliest reasons for pulling a sickie

Silly reasons for sickies
  • 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:

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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