Managers Hear Outlandish Excuses for Missing Work

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-23-2016 Email

As an IT leader, you certainly don't want your tech employees coming to work when they're sick. Sure, it may seem noble to soldier on while suffering from high fevers, congestion, coughs or an assortment of other maladies, but that can create more problems than it's worth—especially if one employee infects many others, possibly bringing down your entire department. That said, there are employees who take advantage by calling in sick even when they're healthy, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. In many cases, these staffers simply don't feel like going to work, or they just want to chill out and relax for the day. For some managers, the situation has gotten to the point where they need to confirm that their employee really is sick by requiring a doctor's note or even calling to verify that he or she is at home. And if they discover that the employee isn't being truthful, a number of bosses will go as far as moving forward with a termination. Clearly, fake illnesses can grow into a serious issue. However, to offer some levity, CareerBuilder has also come up with real-life outrageous sickness excuses, and we're including some of those here. More than 3,130 full-time workers and nearly 2,590 hiring and HR managers took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.   

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login Register