Aside from when you may be suffering with a genuine medical ailment, there are times when many of us will have had to call in to work with a range of inventive (and not always entirely plausible) reasons for not being able to show up.
Below is a selection of excuses, compiled by CareerBuilder from a survey of 5,000 workers and employers, which range from the standard to the downright ludicrous;
The Hangover ‘bug’: Many of us may have, at some stage in our lives, overindulged on a ‘school night’ before waking up the next day and realising just what a toll the previous night’s events have taken.
This is usually a product of failing to realise that you are not as young (or as tough) as you used to be, and is unlikely to go down well unless you have a particularly sympathetic boss.
When animals attack: One employee claimed a cow had broken into her house and, consequently, she obviously could not leave the situation to go to work. It is certainly original and probably falls under the category of being so strange that it is hard for an employer not to believe it is true.
‘Man flu’: The infamous disease which seems to render males incapable of performing even the most basic of tasks. The plausibility of this would have probably depended on whether the employee’s immediate superior was male or female.
Keep your hair on: One report from the survey saw an employee admit to calling in sick because of a hair transplant which had ‘gone bad’. Again, this type of excuse is very specific, although it would take a very insensitive boss to fail to show any sympathy for such a uniquely embarrassing situation.
Don’t be such a chicken: The report from one respondent that they could not come to work because their mother had been attacked by a chicken doesn’t really need any additional comments! Genius!
Unfortunately though, a number of us will genuinely be sick or suffer from an accident or fall that could keep us off work for longer than a day or two. To ensure your income is protected during these times you could consider income protection cover that covers you for sickness and unemployment.Back to top