In February the job market saw the worst ‘sick day’ recorded in an extremely long time. As employers we hear lots of excuses, some legitimate, some maybe not so…

We thought we would share five of the funniest and strangest, sourced from the Daily Mail Employment section:

  1. “I’ve accidentally locked myself in the bathroom and I’m having to wait until someone with a key to the house can come round to let me out.”
  2. “I’ve accidentally sent my uniform to the charity shop so need to go and buy it back.”
  3. “My plastic surgery has gone wrong and I need to go and get it fixed.”
  4. “I thought it was a bank holiday today and I’m 500 miles away.”
  5. “I missed the stop on my train this morning and can’t get off the train now until London.” – a worker from Glasgow.

But, its not all detrimental. Britain saw a huge increase in social media posts from loyal, dependable employees arriving at work as normal but taking time out of their day to boost about their commendable work ethic irrespectful of the STATS saying otherwise!

Take a look:

  • Considering it’s #NationalSickieDay and I’m still going into college shows how much of a saint I am to be honest
  • Considering it’s #NationalSickieDay I’m still going into work for my 3 until 11pm close shift… #proudofmyself
  • Today is #NationalSickieDay and I’m at work #Winning

Did you know?

  • 01/02/2016 saw 75,000 British workers taking the day off sick or skipping an important job interview.
  • Whether it’s the dreary weather, a heavy weekend or winter cough, the first Monday in February is notorious for non-attendance, with these so-called “sickies” costing the British economy £34bn a year, according to figures from business advisory firm ELAS.
  • The average Brit takes 9.1 sick days a year, according to accountancy firm PwC.

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