Have you ever come up with a crazy lie to get out of work? Apparently you should just keep it simple.

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An insurance company recently polled 1,000 business owners and CEOs to find what they consider good reasons for calling out sick.

Here is what they came up with:

  • You have the flu. 42% said it's a good enough reason to miss work.
  • Your back went out, 39%.
  • You had some sort of accident and hurt yourself, 38%.
  • You're just really stressed out, 35%. Which is interesting. Can you imagine saying you're just too stressed out to come in, and your boss being cool with it?
  • You had elective surgery, 35%.
  • You're depressed, 35%.
  • You're having an anxiety attack, 25%.
  • You have a cold, 24%.
  • You have a migraine, 22%.

And 8% of employers said none of those excuses are a good enough reason to miss work.

Read more at The Telegraph.