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Sunday Funny: Excuses, Excuses!

October 21, 2012

The annual top work excuses list from CareerBuilder.com is out for 2012. “Twenty-nine percent of employers have checked up on an employee to verify that the illness is legitimate, usually by requiring a doctor’s note or calling the employee later in the day.” Does your absence excuse measure up to the popular explanations?

My favorite: “Employee got sick from reading too much.” ties with “Employee forgot he had been hired for the job.”

See the whole list here…

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  1. October 30, 2012 3:27 pm

    aloha Roxie. one place i worked had both “sick days” that could be accumulated (and if you didnt take them you got paid for them in addition to the days you actually worked) and 2 or 3 days a year that could be “taken for any reason” – meaning you didnt have to be sick to use them.

    i never used this excuse – in fact i rarely took any days off when i work for others – but one i always thought was interesting was this:

    Employee took sick day because he had to do his kid’s homework.

    …which leaves a lot of room for speculation.

    and… as a challenge it might be fun to come up with a few excuses… just in case you know…

    ha. aloha. and fun on.

    • October 30, 2012 3:37 pm

      I can just see a parent using that one, Rick! Ohh, yes, a compilation of excuses, that’d make a great writing prompt! or visual piece ;)

      • October 30, 2012 4:19 pm

        how about this one:

        Employee’s dog ate his doctor’s excuse. Employee had to miss another day to get the doctor to write the excuse again and the dog ate that one too.

        wait. i may have read that excuse some where… sheesh.

        • October 31, 2012 2:52 pm

          :) hmmmm, overwhelmed by inspiration, Rick?

          • October 31, 2012 3:08 pm

            nah. just trying to take my mind off SandyStorm. something to laugh over might help. Sandy is going to make a few super excuses for missing work I suspect. hopefully not too long for most people tho.

  2. October 22, 2012 1:47 pm

    The Hunger Games excuse is wonderful.

  3. October 21, 2012 11:54 pm

    These are great, Roxie. And I thought it was just high schoolers (and their parents) who came up with such excuses to cover their missed work and absences!

    • October 24, 2012 1:47 am

      Thanks Marylin! Hehehe, they learn in high school and carry it over to their adult years, egads!!

  4. October 21, 2012 2:49 pm

    Gold star. Gold star. Thanks for the morning chuckles! (Those kids who said the darndest things have obviously gone on to bigger things)

  5. October 21, 2012 12:00 pm

    Sorry I’m late in reading your post Roxie *panting*. I almost forgot that Sunday, amazingly, slots so precisely between Saturday and Monday *cringing*. Ralph x

  6. October 21, 2012 10:45 am

    Roxie,
    Some employees feel they earned the days and therefore they’re entitled to them, whether they’re sick or not. Some take mental health days and maybe that’s not so bad. Who wants an employee at work who has a nasty attitude? Most part-time employees don’t earn sick leave. I would guess they miss less work because their absence hurts their pocketbook.

    • October 24, 2012 1:43 am

      Hmmm, that’s interesting, gosh, a good point Linda!

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