10 absurd excuses for calling in sick

When “I don’t feel well” falls short, some workers get creative.

One employee got stuck under the bed. Another went to the beach because her doctor said she needed more vitamin D. Employers shared those and other memorable excuses for workplaces absences in a survey out Thursday from CareerBuilder. Check out the others above.

If you don’t think those excuses sound credible, you’re not alone. One-third (33 percent) of employers have checked to see if their employees were actually sick, with most requesting a doctor’s note or calling the employee, according to CareerBuilder. Others check the employee’s social media posts. Twenty-two percent of employers have fired an employee for calling in sick with a fake excuse.

There are a lot of fakers out there. Thirty-eight percent of workers surveyed by CareerBuilder have called out sick when they were healthy during the past year. (That’s up from 28 percent last year.) Twenty-seven percent of them said they had a doctor’s appointment, while the same amount said they simply didn’t feel like going in. Others wanted to relax, catch up on sleep and avoid the weather.

December is the most popular month to call in sick, followed by January and February. People who fake being sick during the holidays usually do so to spend time with friends and family, according to CareerBuilder. Others use the time to take care of holiday shopping or decorating.

On the other hand, some people don’t call out even when it’s best for them. Fifty-four percent of employees surveyed by CareerBuilder have gone to work sick because they didn’t think the work would get done without them. Others said they couldn’t afford missing a day of pay.

Harris Poll conducted the survey on behalf of CareerBuilder from August 12 to Sept. 2, 2015. Respondents include 3,321 full-time workers and 2,326 hiring managers and human resource professionals.

Julie Balise