One-third of U.S. workers fake being sick: Survey

But 31 per cent of employers follow up when a worker calls in sick
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/04/2009

One-third of workers in the United States have played hooky from the office at least once this year, according to an annual survey on absenteeism.

Online job search firm CareerBuilder.com's survey of more than 6,800 workers and 3,300 employers found 33 per cent of workers have called in sick when they were in fact healthy this year.

Employers are savvy to the office Ferris Bueller, with 31 per cent of them saying they have checked up on an employee who called in sick. Nearly one-fifth (18 per cent) have fired a worker for missing work without a legitimate excuse.