According to a recent survey conducted by careerbuilder.com, 32% of employees report that they played hooky from work at least one day last year when they were not ill. In those one-third of employees, the following reasons were cited:
- Because they just didn’t feel like going to work that day (32%)
- Doctors appointments (31%)
- Relaxation (28%)
- To catch up on sleep (16%)
- Personal errands (13%)
- Something work-related, such as missing a meeting or needing more time to complete a project (12%)
- Housework (10%)
- To spend time with family and friends (10%)
When asked for the most bizarre excuses given by employees for missing work, employers listed the following:
- I got sunburned at a nude beach and can’t wear clothes.
- I woke up in Canada.
- I got caught selling an alligator.
- My buddies locked me in the trunk of an abandoned car after a weekend of drinking.
- I accidentally hit a nun with my motorcycle.
Despite all this data, only 29% of employers reported that they checked up on an absent employee, and only 15% said they have fired a worker for missing work without a legitimate excuse.
To my readers: Do you check on absent employees? Do you discipline or terminate employees for illegitimate absences? Or, do you think that employees are entitled to a certain number of mental health or personal days each year?
The logical answer to all of these issues – paid time off, instead of sick days.