London: A survey on the worst ever sick-day excuses workers give to their employers includes one man saying that he cannot come to work as his fingers are stuck in a bowling ball.
The survey by Harris Interactive for job search website Careerbuilder asked employers to list the most unusual reasons for employees not making it to the office.
It found that nearly 30 percent of workers called in sick when they weren’t really sick using excuses like a chicken attacked my mother, I had a hair transplant that has gone bad, a cow broke into my house and I had to wait for the insurance man.
Others were a little more honest in their calls, telling employers that they simply needed to catch up on sleep, or just relax.
The nationwide U.S. poll included more than 3,100 workers and more than 2,400 employers.
“If you need to take some time away from the office, the best way not to cause yourself more stress is to be open and honest with your manager,” the Daily Mail quoted Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, as saying.
The best of the worst sick-leave excuses are:
A chicken attacked my mother.
My fingers are stuck in a bowling ball.
I had a hair transplant that has gone bad.
I fell asleep as my desk while working and hit my head, causing a neck injury.
A cow broke into my house and I had to wait for the insurance man.
My girlfriend threw a Sit n Spin through my living room window.
My foot was caught in the garbage disposal.
Employee called in sick from a bar at 5pm the night before.
I’m not feeling too clever today.
I had to mow the lawn to avoid a lawsuit from the Home Owner’s Association.
I burned my mouth on a pumpkin pie (called in the day after Thanksgiving).
I was in a boat on Lake Erie and ran out of gas - and the Coast Guard towed me to the Canadian side.