To ensure your income is protected during these  times you could consider income  protection cover

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.

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