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Study: excuses for calling out sick

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Sick, or just sick of work? CareerBuilder has come out with a new survey that analyzes how many employees have called out sick when they are ill, or just need a break from the daily grind.

According to the survey, 38 percent of employees called out sick when they were healthy last year. That’s up from 28 percent the previous year.

The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from August 12 to September 2, 2015.

But it’s the reasons some of the employees gave for calling out that have people talking. Employers report being given the following 10 reasons for why workers couldn’t make it in. Mobile users click here.

According to the study, December is the most popular month to call out sick. Followed by January and February.

Employers are increasing checking up on their employees.

33 percent have checked to see if their workers are telling the truth, that’s up from 31 percent the previous year.

Some are asking to see doctor’s notes, others call the employee, and many are checking online, including workers social media accounts.

An increasing number of employers have also fired someone for calling in sick with a fake excuse.

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