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Unsurprisingly, not every employee who heads home sniffling is actually sick.
Unsurprisingly, not every employee who heads home sniffling is actually sick. - (Thinkstock)

CareerBuilder released its annual survey on absenteeism at work on Thursday.

Believe it or not, your employees aren't always sick when they take a sick day.

In fact, 32 percent of employees surveyed said they called in sick when they actually were feeling quite well.

You can guess the most common alternate reasons, such as a doctor's appointment (24% did it at least once) or an errand (14%), but you may be surprised at how many said "they just didn't feel like going" (33%) or "felt they needed to relax" (28%).

How nice.

But before you get stressed out by this habit of selectively showing up, have a laugh at these 13 most original and unusual answers:

1. The chemical in turkey made him fall asleep and he missed his shift;
2. False teeth flew out the window while driving down the highway;
3. Felt like he was so angry he was going to hurt someone if he came in;
4. Someone glued her doors and windows shut so she couldn't leave the house;
5. Favorite football team lost on Sunday so they needed Monday to recover;
6. Bit her tongue and couldn't talk;
7. A swarm of bees surrounded his vehicle and he couldn't make it in;
8. Needed to finish Christmas shopping;
9. Were quitting smoking and were grouchy;
10. Got lost and ended up in another state;
11. Got a threatening call from a utility and needed to call the authorities;
12. Fake eye was falling out of its socket;
13. They simply couldn't decide what to wear.

Can't take it – want to catch these cheats in the act?

Go ahead, you won't be alone.

The survey also showed that 30 percent of employers have actually checked up on employees – from anything from requiring a doctor's note (64%) to monitoring their social media (19%) or making a drive by of their home (15%).

According to CareerBuilder, the national survey was conducted online in August and September and included responses from 3,484 workers and 2,099 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.

 

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