Think twice before faking sick to get out of work: study
A quick show of hands: who out there has ever faked sick to get out of work?
Alright, well, sure, you’re not likely to admit as much despite such prompting, but faking sick is a tradition unlike any other. Faking sick is to getting out of work as demanding pop star paternity tests is to getting your name in the paper. It’s a slam dunk.
Though a new study, not surprisingly, warns that employers are ready and eager to can workers who claim they’re under the weather but can’t provide a legitimate excuse.
So, employees of Canada, let this be your warning. You’d better learn now how to forge that doctor’s note.
According to the survey, conducted recently by CareerBuilder.com, nearly three in ten workers in the U.S. called in sick with a fake excuse last year.
*Bing: The wildest “sick day” excuses ever given
Of those 30-odd per cent, 35 per cent didn’t even bother putting on a bogus sniffle or cough when notifying their bosses. They just emailed or texted in sick, instead.
Certainly, this comes as no surprise to you; think within even the past half-year and chances are you, or someone you know, has fired it up on a weekday or Sunday and decided ahead of time they’d be stepping out on work the next day.
Is this fair? Maybe. Even at a time when 7.3 per cent of the country can’t find a job, sick days are, in technicality, the workers’ rite. They are negotiated in labour deals and contracts, so why should the clear-sinused and fit not get to partake in spite of their fortunate health?
It’s a fair argument, though keep in mind many employers won’t be so understanding when faced with a questionable sick excuse.
By the survey’s findings, 15 per cent of employers said they’ve fired a worker for providing a fake sick excuse, and 28 per cent admitted to having checked up on employees taking sick leave, employing such methods as requiring a doctor’s note, calling them at home or driving by their house to see what’s what.
Have you ever used a sick day for something other than getting better? If so – and, remember, this is the Internet; it’s anonymous – what’s your favourite “fake sick” excuse?
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
Posted by: John | Nov 7, 2021 7:21:25 PM
I have never faked sickness to avoid work. If were sick (even though I have not been sick for 35 years), I would never take time off work.
Posted by: SP | Nov 7, 2021 8:14:11 PM
I worked at a company that was purchased by TD bank years ago and discovered the TD ethos which was never calling in sick & a high "BIC" ratio (their term for Butt in Chair). So what did I do when I was sick working there? Yup, came in sick, made 8 other employee's sick with the flu and thus, what would have been (2 day's max) sick days on my part worked out close to a month of lost time as one of the women there was off nearly for two weeks with the flu. That said she did thank me for helping her lose 15LBS.
So, I didn't call in sick and the bank saved money, right? It will be interesting to see how TD bank defends itself against the cancer claims in light of recent research on sitting & health with TD's approach to employee's spending 7+ hours a day, 5 days a week sitting in a chair.
Proof if any that humanity and intelligence are not required to run Big business in Canada
Posted by: J Shaw | Nov 8, 2021 3:10:21 AM
What do you mean by "in technicality"' and "the workers rite"? What is standing between you and a career in journalism? Grade eight?
Posted by: john davidson | Nov 9, 2021 7:09:38 AM
When I was working full time for the government a fellow employee had faked being sick on several occasions and of course each time it was documented, being a civil servant. His supervisor had on one or two of these incidents actually went out and watched the workers home. Sure enough the worker came out of his house and loaded his race horses into a trailer and went to the races. He was surely not very sick. He was caught in the act. Several of his fellow workers wondered how he became the supervisors best friend and confidant. He became known as the office snitch and could never again be trusted. I suppose he may have lost his job had he not become the office spy. Watch out people, you may lose more than your dignity if caught.
Posted by: CM | Nov 9, 2021 8:52:31 AM
What do you think of the public servant who worked 37 years, in a non managerial job, felt so responsible for his shop that he rarely took a sick day and accumulated over 2 years of sick leave. This was left behind when he retired. Now this person went to work while sick and when he retired received only one pension cheque before he died. He was rewarded for his dedication with ill health. I think mental health is a reason for being away from work in some circumstances and the health system does not treat it properly.
Posted by: R.C. | Nov 9, 2021 8:58:56 AM
Ya and what kind of journalist with any ethics promotes the falsehood that the internet is anonymous? Dream on, its only anonymous if no one is looking for you. It is so easy to track exactly who, and from where they posted or surfed anything online. Either by cookies left on your pc by a place you gave personal info to, or the internet provider, or the antivirus you use that collects all your computer data for analysis and trend research companies that know everything about you and where youve been all day every day, thanks to gps enabled smart phones and companies like google and facebook as just the tip of the iceberg.
If i wanted to catch a criminal, that show "person of interest" covers it exactly. People dont realize the data and technology that has been in place and doing just that for years now. Did you know if you drive past one of those intersection cameras on top of the traffic light standards, that it reads your plate and alerts the cpic computer and any close by police unit if youve got expired plates, a prohibition, or are just plain wanted?
They are slowly revealing the grasp they have on us as they have always done. First in movies and tv shows, just to soften us up and make us think its brand new technology, and only because its not able to be hidden from you anymore now that they have exposed it through over use of the technology for their own greedy (no its not for safety) purposes. And also because theyve got something else better now to replace it....always one step ahead of the public in the global quest of the rich, greedy, selfish, dangerous, and powerful people to maintain their cash and family status for the next generations. Reagardless of laws and even human lives.
There are also hundreds if not thousands of people in canada who market their skills to big employers and businesses that want to check up on you at any given time. They sell their ability to legally turn on your phones gps tracking or your mic or camera simply by having the skills to do so (childs play, even for the ihpone that says its secure..all lies) and by being a partner or associate of microsoft, or apple, or google, and anyone can do that.
Ever wondered how your personal telephone psychic is so damn accurate about you? Or how facebook knows exactly what ads to show you? Again, childs play. Have you used farmville or poker on facebook? Who made those apps and why are they free? Well you allow them access to all your data even if you have your facebook set to maximum privacy ,by playing them, or allowing the app on your facebook...the data includes your phone number and personal confidential info that they use for their "strictly private business purposes only", which could very well be to give your boss who knows enough to be a partner or associate with any one or all of these apps if they want to run a tight ship and track their employees bad habits, snide remarks, or whatever the case may be.
After i leave this site they wil have placed a cookie on my pc that will reveal everything i do, and everything i look at for as long as that cookie remains on my pc. They will get daily reports from my pc via that cookie of everything ive done and that data gets compiled by cone of the big ompanies who manage these cookies for them and 6 months from now "everydaymoney.ca" can generate a report of my life for whatever reason they want if they have a concern about me.
So no, do not call in sick if your not really sick...someone out there knows exactly where you were and what you were doing before this "sick day" and what you may be doing on your sick day, and what you might have told someone in confidence through email or through a facebook chat aboutt your sickness or lack thereof. And honestly, i can tell you several hundred paople who can get me that info in a snap for a small fee. Have a look at the influx of intellectual patents at "canadian intellectual patent office" online under the keywords "game play" and or "game billing" and read them carefully, because they arent really talking about new ways to send and receive data from "knowing or unknowing" customers wishing to receive games for pay or play for pay games. They really mean "ya we can sell you your employees data and we can find out who has the most on them because were computer literate and all we have to know is what app or what browser they use etc etc etc and with our sham computer software business or our front company entitled ".....solutions" and our thousands of free partnerships and or associations with companies like google and microsoft and apple and farmville etc etc etc we can get that to you in the blink of an eye! These patents are really the "business man or employers" phone directory of "scumbag losers who can legally associate your employers business with theirs and for a small administration fee will gladly allow your boss access as a partner or associate all your data "for research purposes"
Now dont you wish you had the opportunity to go to an ivy league school like MIT, and learned this stuff 25 years ago to grow your wealth? Why did nobody tell you? Cause they were all too busy trying to hide it from the poor bastards who dont deserve money and power and they wnated it all for themselves.
Posted by: R.C. | Nov 9, 2021 9:19:55 AM
P.S. I suggest you start reading those purposely long and purposely legalese mumbo jumbo confusing privacy agreements you so carelessly agree to without even thinking about it. They are worded the way they are for a reason.
As much as you wouldnt read something that long if it wasnt very important, so wouldnt a person write something that long and expensive to create if it didnt mean something extremely significant and valuable to them.
You have been purposely trained in the early years to ignore those damn things and just click yes because they "cant track you on the internet and you didnt give your real name anyway". (see tracking cookies above to debunk that myth). Now have a look at what they actually say, you'll be shocked at hwta youve just signed away to them and how they can make tons of money with that simple click fo a yes button. Heck, google mobile browser doesnt even require you to click that yes button now, simply use their browser more than once and youve agreed to the terms and conditions of that policy without even having seen its existence in the very bottom corner of the page (look at this page for an example) in super tiny writing on your breat big iphones screen, surely you saw it and read it right? And let me tell you, what youve agreed to is scary stuff and extremely valuable to them and their bank accounts.
Posted by: cross2bear | Nov 9, 2021 10:12:36 AM
Wow RC - you got issues. And your rant has nothing to do with the question.
Posted by: cross2bear | Nov 9, 2021 10:14:55 AM
Well, thats the thing isnt it? If you are legitimately sick, then you should stay home and not spread whatever contagion you have through the entire work place. Do you get extra money for never taking a sick day? Do you get a special badge, or a bigger party when you retire? Of course I dont condone people abusing their leave, but when you need some time to look after yourself, even a mental health day, then you should take it. After all, a happy employee is a more productive employee.
Posted by: canadianathiest | Nov 9, 2021 3:28:41 PM
more vacation time = happier and healthier employees. hopefully somebody at the occupy rallies is yelling that out
Posted by: Melisa | Nov 9, 2021 8:36:35 PM
Whoever is not taking sick times, fake one of course, he/she is either stupid or not normal. Cm'on people, it's a way better stay at home and be paid than work...
Posted by: Elmo | Nov 10, 2021 1:18:48 AM
And even moreso... don't call in sick and spend your day spouting off a War and Peace novel on Everyday Money... right RC !!
Posted by: Raven | Nov 10, 2021 9:31:56 AM
First day on a new pipeline job and I had food poisoning! Worked & puked all day, the owner of the company & my foreman assumed I had a few too many drinks the night before. (as does many 'patch' workers) Out on the line' no one takes a day off for the sniffles or a stress / personal day, if they do its to spool your rags & split the scene.
Posted by: Northern Ontario | Nov 11, 2021 9:22:30 AM
@RC. Awesome stuff. Most people knew about some sort of monitoring but probably not to this extent. People don't believe me when I tell them so nice to get that confirmation. Even if you don't have anything to hide, good to know.
As for sick days, I give my employees 7 days per year called family time/sick days on top of their vacation. That allows them Dentist/Doctor time for themselves or family members in addition to being sick. If they require more sick days off, I ask them to work that extra time in the evening or on weekends at the office to make up the lost time. It is really an honour system which I entrust my employees with. Over the years, I only had 1 employee that crossed the line which my Manager happily fired after several warnings.