British employees give the most ridiculous excuses for calling in sick

Ahead of National Sicky Day, UK bosses reveal the most ludicrous reasons given by employees when calling in sick.

UK bosses have revealed the most ludicrous reasons given by employees when calling in sick.

The research, conducted by Powwownow, finds that one in five (21 per cent) employees in the UK are likely to give an outlandish reason for not coming in to work, compared with only 7 per cent of Dutch workers and 11 per cent of French workers, who are more honest.

The survey finds the top ten most ridiculous excuses British bosses have been given by staff in the UK.

· ‘I can’t come in today; my dog is lonely.’

· ‘I’ve got vertigo from the London Eye.’

· ‘A bee got into my pants and stung me on the bum.’

· ‘I was arrested after a wild night out.’

· ‘My horoscope says work is bad for me this week.’

· ‘My partner handcuffed me to the bed and then left with the key.’

· ‘I couldn’t remember how to get to the office.’

· ‘I’m having a fake-tan disaster.’

· ‘I’m at A&E with my friend – they’ve had a sex accident.’

· ‘The supermarket ran out of vegetables; now I’ve got scurvy.’

In the UK, the research also shows that more than a third (38 per cent) of women confess to faking a sick day, compared to just a fifth of men (21 per cent).

Despite giving the most obscure reasons for being ill in Europe, the most common reason given by almost half of workers (46 per cent) in the UK is having a cold or the flu.

The younger generation are more inclined to pull a sickie, the majority of 18-34 year olds (85 per cent) admit to pretending to be ill at least once every six months, compared to just under a third of over 45 year olds (32 per cent) in the same time frame.

Jason Downes, MD of Powwownow commented, ‘It’s interesting to see that so many Brits give bizarre excuses when calling in sick!

‘As an employer, I think it’s important that we encourage staff wellbeing, and ensure that they are motivated and encouraged to work and stay productive.

‘Through offering flexible working, and allowing staff to work remotely with hours that fit around their lifestyle, employees will be more motivated and less likely to call in sick.’

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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