Excuses, excuses. When it comes to calling in sick to work, employees get creative.
Bosses have been told: “I have blisters from wearing new shoes on Saturday night”, “I’m having a BBQ at the weekend and need time to prepare” and “I lost a darts tournament last night and I am too traumatised to come in”.
These are just a few of the worst excuses for pulling a sickie, according to a study of 1,300 workers across the UK.
More than half (52.5%) of UK employees feel guilty about taking a sick day, with the majority stating it's because they are leaving their team in the lurch.
The 10 worst excuses for 'throwing a sickie' were:
1. “I have blisters from wearing new shoes on Saturday night."
2. “I’ve got a terrible migraine (also known as a hideous hangover)."
3. “My hamster is sick and needs to go to the vet."
4. “I left my uniform on the bus."
5. “I lost a darts tournament last night and I am too traumatised to come in."
6. “A tree has fallen down onto my property and it needs to be cleared/made safe."
7. “My boyfriend changed his relationship status on Facebook to single."
8. “There are cows in my garden so I can’t get to work."
9. “I didn’t get to bed until late so I’m too tired to come in."
10. “I’m having a BBQ at the weekend and need time to prepare."
The survey by CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, found that women feel most guilty about sick leave (60.5%).
It found that a further 24.1% of professionals felt that taking sick days reflected badly on them, while 13.2% believe it is frowned upon in the workplace.
Lee Biggins of CV-Library said: "In today’s working world it’s clear that professionals are still taking unnecessary sick days, giving a whole host of excuses.
“But many workers are feeling the guilt, recognising that their decisions have a wider impact on their team and workload.”
The top reason for workers calling in ‘sick’ was because they were too tired (43.4%), with this figure rising to 48.4% among 18-24 year-olds and 65.2% among 55-64 year-olds.
Another 15.1% said they simply couldn’t be bothered. Unsurprisingly, only 9.2% said it was because they had a hangover.