Is Your Co-Worker Faking It?
This morning Jim & I were talking about the top excuses for being late for work. Today ‘dead battery’ will be heard by supervisors everywhere. But what if your co-worker calls in sick today? Are they faking it? Whether it’s personal errands, catching up on sleep or simply relaxing, Americans are using sick time for more than just the common cold.
More than one-third of U.S. workers say they played hooky from work over the last twelve months in the recent CareerBuilder.com survey “Out of the Office.” Thirty-five percent of workers admit to calling in sick when they felt well at least once during the last year. One-in-ten said they did so three or more times. Another survey by CCH Inc. found that the rate of unscheduled absenteeism is at a five-year high. It also found that most employees who fail to show up for work, however, aren’t physically ill. Here’s the breakdown: • Personal Illness, 38% • Family Issues, 23% • Personal Needs, 18% • Stress, 11% • Entitlement Mentality, 10%. Are you really sick when they take a sick day? I can honestly say that 90% of the time I’ve called in sick, I honestly was. Is there a co-worker of yours faking it?