Playing hooky from work is nothing to be proud of. But a lot of people do it - and you wouldn’t believe some of the excuse

According to a survey done by "Career Builder.com", over a third of employees admitted to playing hooky from work in the last year. Most called in sick even though they felt well. Why? The top three reasons were catching up on errands, getting a little extra sleep, and relaxing. Other popular reasons included attending a child's event and bad weather.

Experts estimate that the number of people who are actually sick when they call in sick is about 1 in 3. And with so many people stretching the truth to use their sick days, bosses have heard everything! Here are a few excuses people have actually used – Career Builder heard them when they were conducting their survey:


  • I tripped over my dog and was knocked unconscious. Yeah - probably while the dog was eating their kids’ homework. 
  • I forgot to come back to work after lunch.
  • I couldn't find my shoes
  • I hurt myself bowling.
  • I was spit on by a venomous snake excuse. I hate when that happens.  My brain went to sleep and I couldn't wake it up. At least that guy was probably being honest.

The truth is, taking a day off every now and then is good for your mental health. But you don’t need to make up crazy excuses no one’s going to believe. Most companies offer “personal days” or “wellness days” because they realize the benefits of a little R&R for their employees. So, if you really need a day off, be honest about it. Your boss will respect you for it – and you won’t feel too guilty to enjoy your time off.

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