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CHICAGO — Fewer workers are faking being sick to skip work according to a new CareerBuilder survey. The report found that 35 percent of workers called in sick when they were feeling just fine this year. That number was down from 38 percent in last year’s survey. The survey included more than 3,100 full-time workers and more than 2,500 full-time hiring and human resource managers.
Some employees still used dubious reason for missing work, some of which which included:
The majority of workers had more mundane reasons for skipping work. The biggest reasons for faking sickness included not feeling like going in to work (28 percent), going to a doctors appointment (27 percent), wanting to relax (24 percent) and sleeping (18 percent).
Roughly a third of employers reported checking up on workers to find out if they were really sick. Twenty-two percent of employers reported firing an employee for calling in sick with a fake excuse.
Still far more workers came to work sick last year. Forty-seven percent of workers said they went to work when they were sick because they couldn’t afford to miss a day of pay.