Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Working day in and day out will eventually drain you of your energy. So how do you tell your boss you need the day off? Here are some surprising statistics about taking days off, and the most outrageous excuses employees have told their bosses to get out of work. 32% of workers have used false excuses just to avoid coming into work. Based on these studies, we can see that employees can be quite creative when finding reasons to avoid coming into work. And some of the real life excuses reported by managers are just unbelievable. I can't come into work, I dropped a can of baked beans on my big toe. Ow, I think I got bit by an insect. I can't figure out what to wear. I slipped on a coin. Yea boss, the Giants lost last night. I just need the day to recover. Sometimes managers can be a little concerned with the validity of excuses they hear. In fact, 19% of managers have admitted they have checked employee's social media posts to see what they are up to during their day off. 17% asked another employee to call their absent coworker. And 48% directly called the employee themselves. But can you really blame them for not always buying some of their employee's excuses? Yea, my toe is trapped in the bath tap. Someone glued my doors and windows shut so I can't get out. My false teeth fell out of my mouth when I was driving down the highway. The dog ate my shoes, both of them. I'm so pissed off right now, if I go into work, I'll hurt somebody. So what are some of the most common reasons employees have for staying at home? 24% are actually go to the doctor, 28% need to relax and 33% just don't feel like going into work. Whether or not employees are actually sick when they miss work, sometimes taking a day off can help clear their mind so they'll be more productive when they return. I don't know where I am.