October 4, 2005

Bogus work excuses on the rise: ‘God didn’t wake me’

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Off-the-wall reasons for calling off
sick are on the rise as U.S. workers are increasingly willing
to blame everything from wet cement and snakes to ghosts and a
higher power to get a day off from work, according to a survey
released on Tuesday.

This year, 43 percent of U.S. workers called in sick when
they felt fine, up from 35 percent that did so last year, the
survey of 2,450 employees from CareerBuilder.com showed.

Reasons not to show up for work ranged from: "I was too
drunk to drive to work" to "I forgot I was getting married
today." One employee who did not believe in alarm clocks told
the boss that "God didn't wake me."

The survey, which also polled 875 hiring managers, showed
the most popular day to make up an excuse was Wednesday, while
hiring managers said they were more suspicious of workers who
called off sick on Mondays and Fridays.

Still, no matter how good the excuse, it won't always work.
Nearly one-quarter of hiring managers surveyed said they had
fired an employee for missing work without a legitimate reason.