Sometimes, when you get sick, you get knocked down by something that feels more like a plague than the common cold. And sometimes, you really just don’t feel like going to work. It doesn’t matter if it’s because you didn’t sleep well the night before or your bed really is that comfortable—either way, the last thing you want to do is work. We totally get it.


A market research company called Attest recently conducted a study involving 1,000 employees. They found that the time to call in sick is on a Tuesday morning at 6:38AM. Attest also figured out that the most convincing excuse to use is, "I’m having stomach problems."

This makes sense since calling in sick on a Monday or Friday just makes it seem like you’re desperately trying to extend your weekend. Apparently, most people start lying about not feeling well November or December so you have 10 months to use this excuse without raising any eyebrows. 

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