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Many US workers lie, call in sick, to play hooky: Survey

Published on Dec 23, 2012 10:30 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Many US workers are willing to lie about a death in the family, illness or jury duty to play hooky, according to a survey conducted by a temporary job staffing firm.

Bereavement time has been used for vacation by 26 per cent of workers surveyed and jury duty by 27 per cent, according to a quarterly survey conducted by Adecco Group North America.

Some 47 per cent of full-time workers surveyed said they have called in sick to take a day off, the phone survey conducted late last month found.

When workers do call in sick, 72 per cent of their colleagues believe they are faking it, according to the poll of 522 full-time workers.

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