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Which excuse do you use?

Nobody likes to be called on their day off to come into the office. Telling the boss no takes some quick thinking. The best excuse I’ve heard for when the phone rings on the weekend — “Sorry, I just had a beer. I shouldn’t drive.”

A creative excuse and better than relying on the lame “I’m sick” excuse. 

According to a recent study by Harris Interactive, 30 percent of workers have faked illness to get out of work.

However, some workers are a lot more creative when coming up with excuses. Here’s a list of some of the better ones, according to a recent CareerBuilder report. Feel free to borrow one the next time you want to stay home.

— Employee’s sobriety tool wouldn’t let the car start.

— Employee forgot he had been hired for the job

— Employee’s dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation

–Employee’s toe was stuck in faucet

–Employee said a bird bit her.

Click here for the full CareerBuilder report.

What do your employees crave?

The employee-employer relationship is undergoing a massive transformation in the wake of the Great Recession, according to a global survey by professional services firm Towers Watson.

In today’s workplace, employees prefer the stability of a job for life with one company instead of jumping from job to job, the Global Workforce Study found.

Key findings of the survey of 20,000 employees in 22 countries include:

— Security and stability trump all.

— Employees know they are responsible for their own financial security, health, career and performance “but have serious doubts about their ability to take on these roles.”

— Mobility is low as many employees give up potential career growth for job security.

— Employee “confidence in leaders and managers is disturbingly low.”

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