Maybe it's the holidays. Maybe it's the weather. Whatever the reason, it seems like there are more people away from work at this time of the year. Some of it is planned, and that's okay. You can manage that. But what about the unplanned absences? When someone calls in sick at the last minute and you have to scramble to cover their work. Absenteeism is a growing problem and it costs a company money, quality, and morale. For tips on how to effectively deal with it, read Managing Absenteeism.
Here are some of the excuses people have given for missing work. Some are pretty amazing.