The issue of absenteeism is undoubtedly always wrapped up in the problem of presenteeism – with employees guilty of one, or both, of these workplace habits. But making up excuses just to leave work a few hours early is not an acceptable way of conducting your professional life.
A recent poll, commissioned by Uber, found that 36% of workers actively make up excuses in order to sneak out of the office early. The ride-hail firm’s YouGov poll interviewed 2,000 UK employees across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Welsh employees came out as the most likely to tell a fib, after 43% said they have lied to get out of work. This was followed by Londoners at 41%, Northern Ireland by 40%, and finally the honest Scots at 33% – Business Insider reports.
The poll was commissioned by Uber in order to promote the fact that they offer flexible working hours, which many other employers do not. The reasons that people lie, include: in order to return home; 53% said they just wanted to relax; 30% said they wanted to spend time with family; 24% said they wanted to enjoy the sunshine; and, an amorous eight per cent went on a date.
“This poll suggests many Brits want to have more control over their hours and with Uber you can do just that,” said Uber UK’s Fred Jones.
To see the 10 most common excuses given by employees, in order to leave early
10 most common excuses staff give to leave work early
- Pretending to be unwell — 68%
- Having a doctor or dentist appointment — 57%
- Family member ill — 25%
- Avoiding bad weather and associated transport issues — 23%
- Collecting children from school — 13%
- Being concerned about others at work catching my illness — 11%
- Broken boiler — six per cent
- Taking a pet to the vet — six per cent
- Family member or flatmate being locked out – four per cent
- Going to vote — two per cent
This article was originally posted on HR Grapevine. You can see the original article here.