October 12, 2005


Survey finds workers faking more sick days

Somewhat interesting article about calling in sick--I don't know if you can believe this or not, but it seems some people aren't really sick when they call in sick! Further, it seems these people tend to call in most often on Monday, or on Friday. Amazing!

Anyway, it's something to read, but most especially for the list of excuses some people use. Certainly tends to bear out the old adage that if you're going to lie, lie big--

I'm too drunk to drive to work.

I accidentally flushed my keys down the toilet.

I accidentally drove through the automatic garage door before it opened.

My boyfriend's snake got loose and I'm afraid to leave the bedroom until he gets home. [And not only that, I bet the snake has no depth perception! Ed.]

I'm too fat to get into my work pants.

God didn't wake me.

I cut my fingernails too short, they're bleeding and I have to go to the doctor.

The ghosts in my house kept me up all night.

I forgot I was getting married today.

My cow bit me. [I imagine it wasn't the bite that was so bad but the continual chewing afterwards. Ed.]

I was walking my dog and slipped on a toad in my driveway and hurt my back.

For all my bad habits, calling in sick isn't one. I rarely feel so bad that I can't come in and infect everyone, and if I stayed at home and wasn't REALLY sick, I can guarantee you that there would suddenly appear a HoneyDo list a mile long. It's much quieter and more restful here.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at October 12, 2005 01:29 PM

Some of us find a way to call in sick for the whole summer.

Posted by: steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at October 12, 2005 01:32 PM

I think tumors fall into the category of actually being sick.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at October 12, 2005 01:38 PM

Tumor Falls - is that in the northeast corner of Alabama?

While I've been tempted to call in feigning illness, since I'm on call 24/7 it doesn't matter (if that makes sense). In the past I was afraid that if I did fake a sickness then I would end up really getting sick and looking even more ridiculous'er' than if I had just hauled my lazy behind into work.

Posted by: MarcV at October 12, 2005 02:28 PM

Not that I know of, but it might be near Toomer's Corner.

I know what you mean by saving up sick leave for really being sick. I think part of my reluctance is similar--you don't want to waste it in case you really DO need it.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at October 12, 2005 02:38 PM