Written by Catherine Adenle
According to a survey by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, one in three UK workers admits having lied to take some time off work mainly because they’re disillusioned with their jobs.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers polled 1,190 people, of which 34% admitted having taken time off under false pretences. While good weather, hangovers, and job hunting are motivations for 12%, 19% and 8% of North-east skiving employees respectively, the majority (46%) claim they are simply bored and depressed at work.
In some cases, these employees go to extreme lengths to secure time off from work especially on Mondays or Fridays. They will pick up the phone; call their work or manager to justify why they will not be coming to work.
In order to have an idea of some of the craziest excuses given by employees to skip work, I asked 75 people to come up with the craziest excuses that they heard in the past. Needless to say that I was stunned to hear an unbelievable number of excuses out of which I have picked these 30 excuses to share with you, our readers:
These excuses are laughable but to guide against these crazy excuses, especially as employers cannot investigate or verify them, employers introducing or enhancing flexible working arrangements can make a difference in the workplace.
Can you share a crazy excuse that you’ve heard or given in the past in order to skip work?
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