If you can’t come up with a good excuse, you shouldn’t give an excuse at all.
May be you encountered some really bad excuses for employees calling in sick or not turning up suddenly but you haven’t heard the worst. A recent survey came up with the stupidest and the strangest excuses ever given by employees to stay away from work.
Listed below are a few of them:
- My false teeth flew out while I was driving yesterday.
- I have been trying to quit smoking and I am having withdrawal grouchiness.
- I bit my tongue really hard and am unable to talk.
- I did not finish my Christmas shopping yet.
- I lost my way and am too far away from office to make it.
They only got weirder! Are the employers supposed to buy these excuses? Do the employers accept these excuses? Some employers are quite strict. They end up driving to their home to check if the employees are really sick or they check their social media page to see any activity.
You don’t need to go through this entire process. Instead, you can come up with strict guidelines for your employees so that everyone follows it.
Here are tips:
- Mild cold and other such problems are not bad enough for you to take leave. You are required to come to the office.
- If it is a little severe than a mild cold but you are still functional, you can take permission to work from home. You don’t need to put in full-time effort but you should get the work done from home.
- Under severe circumstances such as when you need bed rest, you are allowed to take sick leave and take rest until you recover.
When you lay out such clear policies you will have fewer ridiculous excuses for leaves. People will also stop taking leaves for no reason. Be a little flexible so that they enjoy working but don’t be so lenient that they take advantage of you.
Don’t let your employees fool you with stupid excuses for leaves. Give them flexibility to work from home when they are not well. That will encourage them to be open and honest instead of coming up with ridiculous excuses to stay away from work.