Magazine article Talent Development

"Phony" It In

Magazine article Talent Development

"Phony" It In

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February is one of the most popular months for employees to call in sick. Given the harsh winter weather in many regions, it's not hard to believe that employees have been stricken by colds, the flu, or nasty sinus infections. But according to a CareerBuilder survey, many employees are not above occasionally calling in "sick." (Cough, cough.)

The number of survey respondents who admitted that they had taken a sick day despite having a clean bill of health was up by 10 percent (from 28 percent in 2014 to 38 percent in 2015). And while most excuses are slight variations of "I'm not feeling well" or "I have a doctor's appointment," some employees just couldn't leave it at that. When asked to share the most outrageous excuses they'd ever heard from employees taking sick days, managers offered the following examples:

* Employee claimed his grandmother poisoned him with ham.

* Employee was stuck under the bed. …

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