Excuses, excuses: 1 in 6 Brits admit to faking it for a day off

Nearly one in six working Brits (14%) – that’s 4.3 million people – admit to ‘faking-it’ for a day off work, according to a new study from

From spluttering down the phone with a faux cold to locking themselves out of the house, truant employees are coming up with new and exaggerated excuses everyday to avoid work.

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The study shows the ‘live for the weekend’ mentality is the cause of most absences, with more than one in seven Brits (13%) embracing the Friday feeling early and calling in sick to extend the weekend break. An additional one in eight workers (12%) confess to conjuring up a Monday morning excuse for an unscheduled day off to recover from a busy weekend. also asked employers to name the most common excuses employees use for a day-off and it’s no surprise that calling in sick came out on top with workers fake coughing and croaking down the phone to bosses. The study also reveals that employees are becoming more imaginative than ever, from the slightly careless ‘I thought it was Sunday and not Monday’ to the more extreme ‘my dog ate my iPhone’, employers named the most ridiculous excuses they have heard. Other creative cover stories include, ‘I’ve been waiting for a bus for three hours’ and ‘I cannot make it into work this morning as I have sunburnt feet’.

Employer’s top ten most frequently heard excuses:

  1. I’m sick
  2. A member of my family is sick
  3. I’m in A&E
  4. My phone battery died
  5. My dog is sick
  6. I was robbed last night
  7. I fainted on the way to work
  8. I don’t feel like going in
  9. I’ve broken my leg
  10. I’m locked out of my house

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