Nearly half of workers play hooky

Mitch Smith / Chicago Tribune /

Kids are notorious for faking fevers to stay home from school. A new study suggests their parents aren’t much better.

Nearly half of the workers surveyed admitted to calling in sick when they weren’t. Adecco Group North America, the temporary staffing company that commissioned the survey, didn’t say how many of those employees faked a cough and used a raspy voice when they phoned their boss.

Perhaps bored with pretending to have the flu, some hooky-playing workers get creative. Slightly more than a quarter of employees say they have gained vacation time by fudging on bereavement days. A similar number admit to doing the same by claiming to have jury duty.

Only 42 percent of the 522 full-time workers surveyed said they never lie to get extra vacation time.