Have you noticed more workers around you calling in sick on Fridays or Monday during the dog days of summer?
You’re onto something, according to Monster.com, the employment service.
Monster just released the results of a survey of U.S. workers that found 49 percent admit to calling in sick during summer months to enjoy the weather.
While 51 percent say they never play hooky from work, 8 percent say they call in sick frequently; 11 percent do so occasionally; and 30 percent admit to doing it once or twice in their career.
Monster, which helps people find jobs, said 1,395 respondents took its online survey.
A recent Wakefield Research Study found some of the more creative reasons workers who called in sick fessed up to:
“Gas is too expensive”
“I’m having toenail issues”
“My numerologist told me not to come in”
“It’s Elvis’s birthday”
“All my clothes are in the washer right now, I have nothing to wear”
“Stumbled on the love of my life”
The increased call-ins could be a reflection of an improving economy, according to another study. Bloomberg BNA reported in May that unscheduled absences edged up slightly in the first quarter of 2012, even if they did continue to run well below levels recorded before the recession. The Bloomberg study, however, said it’s too soon to declare any significant resurgence in job absenteeism.