We are approaching the festive time of year when the office Christmas party is looming. An anticipated event of the year for many workers providing an opportunity to let your hair down and for some have your drinks and dinner paid for by the big boss.
For some, this can also mean enjoying yourself a little too much leaving yourself unable to attend work the following the day. Office parties tend to fall during the week and this doesn’t bode well for the excessive dancing, eating and drinking that was done. A new survey conducted by TeamSport asked over 1,000 UK workers for the excuses they used to tell their boss. The results revealed some interesting and creative responses which got us thinking, did they really get away with it?
Creative excuses included:
- “I forgot to put the washing machine on, I’ve no clean clothes”
- “I won’t be able to make it to the office this morning, I’ve bruised my brain”
- “Sorry I can’t come in today. I’ve swallowed a spider”
- “I won’t be in the office today; my ears are sore from the music at the party last night”
Of those who admitted to calling in sick following a Christmas party, it comes as no surprise that a huge 60% admitted it was because they were simply too hungover. It wasn’t just a hangover preventing people from turning up to work. 37% of employees asked have also skipped work because they felt too drunk in the morning, and 34% have also been too tired to turn up to their desks. Whoops. If this rings a bell with you, then maybe consider less alcohol at this year’s shindig.
The results differed depending on sex also. Women didn’t want to attend work the next day, as they had embarrassed themselves at the party (12% versus 6% of men), or they argued with a colleague (10% versus 6% of men).
Dominic Gaynor, managing director of TeamSport Indoor Karting said:
“Our research into the best and worst excuses for calling in sick is rather amusing. It’s particularly interesting to take a look at the differences between each industry.
“It can be difficult to drag yourself out of bed the day after a huge work party, and that’s why we’re encouraging businesses to consider other ways to celebrate Christmas with their employees. Exciting days out such as a day at the go-karting track are not only great team-building exercises, but they’re also really fun. Plus, avoiding a party fuelled by alcohol means there is less opportunity for workers to come up with these bizarre excuses and call in sick.”
When it comes to skipping work the day after the Christmas party, Marketing and PR, along with HR and Recruitment, reported only 3% of employees calling in sick. Go us! Leading the way for pulling sickies was:
- Information technology (24%)
- Business, consulting and management (19%)
- Creative arts and design (18%)
- Property and construction (12%)
- Engineering (12%)
With this in mind, we suggest you either arrange a day off in advance for the following day, take it easy on the alcohol, get a good night’s sleep or get your creative hat on to come up with your own excuse. Remember, your employers have heard it all before.