New research conducted has revealed that a whopping 39 million working days are lost a year because of ‘sickie’s’.
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:
There’s a lion in my garden.
My gran’s passed away (she was alive and well serving porridge in one of the business’ sites).
My teeth are too white.
It’s too cold to leave my house.
I had a one night stand and don’t know where I am.
I fell out of bed and sprained my ankle.
A fortune teller told me I should stay at home today.
My ex-partner set all my clothes on fire.
I contracted food poisoning from a chocolate bar I ate last night.
It’s my boyfriend’s, hamster’s funeral.
I fractured my finger playing a game of snap.
A flock of ducks have blocked me in my drive.
My split ends are horrendous, I need an emergency haircut.
I woke up in a good mood and didn’t want to ruin it.
I accidentally got on a flight to Spain.
Jenny Ware, Citation’s HR Business Partner, who conducted the research, 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.”