A report into why workers take days off blames the "duvet day" culture for elaborate employee excuses. One employee said he could not turn up to work because his rabbit was sick.
The report, published by recruitment firm Personnel & Care Bank, also lists excuses such as: My toothbrush has worn out and I’m not going to work without cleaning my teeth; we thought my father had died, but he was just sitting still; I have not got the bus fare; I could not get a dog-sitter
To avoid coming into work one employee said, “I have just found out that I was switched at birth. Legally I should not come into work knowing my employee records now contain false information.”
Rosalind Payne Personnel & Care Bank’s managing director, said “In England, everyone has 20 days paid holiday which is not the case in the US. Staff must realise they have to use their holidays for days off and not expect extra duvet days.”
More than one third of British workers admit to taking time off work due to tiredness.
Absenteeism is said to cost British business more than £13bn annually.