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Are Employees Sick or Do They Have the 9-to-5 Bug?

ARE EMPLOYEES SICK – OR DO THEY HAVE THE 9-TO-5 BUG? Sniff. Cough. Sneeze. All common sounds heard during cold and flu season - and it's no coincidence that "I can't come to work – I'm sick" is heard just as often. Though many workers are legitimately sick when calling off work, others have admitted to playing hooky from the office this year. And, real or not, some employees' reasons for being absent just seem, well, unusual. NEARLY THREE-IN-TEN U.S. WORKERS called in sick with a fake excuse in the last year. WINTER NO-SHOWS While employers reported heightened absenteeism around the holidays, the prime time of year when companies say employees call in sick is in the first quarter: January through March 34% April through June 13% July through September 30% October through December 23% "OMG I'M SICK ;( L8R" 84% When it comes to notifying mplo sick day, some workers reported they are bypassing a phone call to the boss and relying on digital 24% 11% that they are taking a SMS communications. Phone call Email Text message MOST UNUSUAL EXCUSES FOR MISSING WORK When asked to share the most unusual excuses employees gave for missing work, employers offered the following real-life examples: Employee's 12-year-old daughter stole his car and he had no other way to get to work. He didn't want to report it to the police. Employee said bats got in her hair. 3 Employee said a refrigerator fell on him. Employee was in line at a coffee shop when a truck carrying flour backed up and dumped the flour into her convertible. Employee said a deer bit him during hunting season. Employee fell out of bed and broke his nose. Employee ate too much at a party. 8 9. 10 Employee's child stuck a mint up his nose and had to go to the ER to remove it. Employee hurt his back chasing a beaver. Employee got a cold from a puppy. 11 12 13 Employee got his toe caught in a vent cover. Employee had a headache after going to too many garage sales. Employee's brother-in-law was kidnapped by a drug cartel while in Mexico. Employee drank anti-freeze by 15 mistake and had to go to the hospital. 14 Employee was at a bowling alley and a bucket filled with water (due to a leak) crashed through the ceiling and hit her on the head, FROM DOCTOR'S NOTES TO DRIVE-BY VISITS Calling in sick without a legitimate excuse can have serious consequences. 28% have checked up on an employee, citing the following examples: 69% required a doctor's note 15% 52% called the employee 19% had another employee call the employee of employers said they have fired a worker for this reason 16% drove by the employee's home careerbuilder Source: The nationwide study was conducted by Harris Interactive from August 16 to September 8, 2011 and included more than 2,600 employers and 4.300 workers.

Are Employees Sick or Do They Have the 9-to-5 Bug?

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Though cold and flu season is a heavy contributor to workplace absences in the winter months, it’s not the only reason workers hit “Snooze” one too many times and crawl back under the sheets. T...



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