Top excuses of 2012: dead grandmother exhumed for police investigation

by |

It’s easy to be suspicious when a worker calls in sick, but sometimes it seems they’re being too honest. has released their annual survey about office sick leave, showing 30% of workers have called in sick when not actually ill.

Not all sick days are spent under piles of blankets with a thermometer and maximum-strength medicine. Next to actually being sick, the most common reasons employees call in sick are because they just don’t feel like going to work (3%), or because they felt like they needed to relax (29%). Others take the day off so they can make it to a doctor’s appointment (22%), catch up on sleep (16%), or run some errands (15%).

But what are the best excuses employers have heard? Well, it seems some workers can be brutally honest, to their own detriment, about why they’re not coming into work.

  1. Employee’s sobriety tool wouldn't allow the car to start
  2. Employee forgot he had been hired for the job
  3. Employee said her dog was having a nervous breakdown
  4. Employee’s dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation
  5. Employee’s toe was stuck in a faucet
  6. Employee said a bird bit her
  7. Employee was upset after watching “The Hunger Games”
  8. Employee got sick from reading too much
  9. Employee was suffering from a broken heart
  10. Employee’s hair turned orange from dying her hair at home

  • Sharon on 2013-03-30 9:00:29 AM

    Good stuff. One of the most memorable excuses given to me (an HR Rep) for this particular employee not coming to work was 'my brain hurt.'

HRM Online forum is the place for positive industry interaction and welcomes your professional and informed opinion.

Name (required)
Comment (required)
By submitting, I agree to the Terms & Conditions