It’s ‘National Sickie Day’ (the first Monday in February) when an estimated 375,000 people will call in sick, costing British businesses a staggering £34 million in lost productivity.
As part of its Travel Hacks campaign, Contiki (a leader in youth travel experiences) hooked up with Twenty 4 Seven Solutions, a global provider of recruitment solutions, to pull together a top ten list of the most outrageous excuses that people have genuinely used on their bosses to try and get out of work.
And here they are:
- “My mum has washed my trousers and they’re not dry yet so I can’t come in.”
- “I thought it was a bank holiday today.”
- “I was run over by a bicycle on the way to work.”
- “My rabbit is not feeling well and hasn’t eaten the lettuce that I gave her this morning.”
- “I locked my keys in my house, and they have my car key on them.”
- “I accidentally set my alarm clock to the wrong time zone.”
- “My shoe fell onto the train track.”
- “I got on the wrong train and ended up 100 miles away.”
- “My dog and my kitten aren’t getting along, so I can’t leave the house.”
- “I spent too much money at the weekend so I can’t afford my travel card.”
The company’s Travel Hacks campaign has revealed that lack of annual leave is a barrier to travel for many young people, and some of these excuses are employed in the pursuit of extending a holiday – highlighted in a new animated video.
However, if there’s just no getting off work but your heart is just not in it, TheCareerBreakSite.com offers some unique ways of slacking off until you leave.
- Offer to spearhead the company's social media programme so that every time someone sees you on Facebook or Twitter, you can rightly point out that it's part of your work.
- Grab a pile of papers and a pen, and start walking (while looking stressed).
- Explain to your boss that in order to harness the viral power of social media integration you need to analyse and quantify the specific global appeal of YouTube's most successful videos. Then sit back and enjoy the kittens.
- Text a friend when you feel like going home and ask them to call your work number. When you answer the phone, say ‘Oh dear god – yes, I'll be right there', then hang up and walk out. Refuse to discuss it because it's ‘too painful'.
Personally, I think us Brits should take a leaf out of the great US of A's book, with more companies introducing ‘Duvet Days'.
It would render the tradition of ‘throwing a sickie' redundant by allowing over-tired (and hungover) employees the chance to say ‘I won't be particularly productive today so I might as well take the day off and recover'.
What do you think?
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