These Are The Best and Worst Excuses to Skip Work

According to The Telegraph, 41.6% of managers think that the flu is a good enough reason to skip work. The medical insurance provider AXA PPP Healthcare surveyed 1,000 business owners, managing directors and CEOs about what they think is the most acceptable ailment for their employees to skip work.


On the other hand, 1,000 workers and 1,000 bosses commissioned by the mutual healthcare provider Benenden Health were surveyed to reveal the worst excuses for missing work. Six out of ten bosses don’t believe the excuses when they call in sick. Fair enough.

1. A can of baked beans landed on my big toe
2. I was swimming too fast and smacked my head on the poolside
3. I’ve been bitten by an insect
4. My car handbrake broke and it rolled down the hill into a lamppost
5. My dog has had a big fright and I don’t want to leave him
6. My hamster died
7. I’ve injured myself during sex
8. I slipped on a coin
9. I’ve had a sleepless night
10. My mum has died (this was the second time the person used this excuse)
11. I am hallucinating
12. I am stuck in my house because the door’s broken
13. My new girlfriend bit me in a delicate place
14. I burned my hand on the toaster
15. The dog ate my shoes
16. My fish is sick
17. I swallowed white spirit
18. My toe is trapped in the bath tap
19. I’m in A&E as I got a clothes peg stuck on my tongue
20. I drank too much and fell asleep on someone’s floor – I don’t know where I am
21. My trousers split on the way to work
22. I’m using a new contact lens solution and my eyes are watering
23. I have a blocked nose
24. I’ve had a hair dye disaster
25. I’ve got a sore finger