Have you ever snuck off from work early? If you answered “no,” you’re probably lying.
In a YouGov poll of 2,000 people, commissioned by Uber, more than a third of people (36%) said they made up an excuse to leave work early.
People in Wales were the biggest culprits in the UK, with 43% saying they had fibbed to get off work, followed by London at 41% and Northern Ireland at 40%. Scotland were the most honest group, with 33% admitting to it.
Some lies were a lot more common than others, such as pretending to be unwell, which 68% of people admitted to do.
Here’s a breakdown of the excuses:
1. Pretending to be unwell — 68%.
2. Having a doctor or dentist appointment — 57%.
3. Family member ill — 25%.
4. Avoiding bad weather and associated transport issues , such as snow — 23%.
5. Collecting children from school — 13%.
6. Being concerned about others at work catching my illness — 11%.
7. Broken boiler — 6%.
8. Taking a pet to the vet — 6%.
9. Family member or flatmate being locked out — 4%.
10. Going to vote — 2%.
Some slightly more offbeat excuses people used that didn’t make the list included saying cows were on the train track on their commuter line, telling their boss a window had fallen out at home, saying their washing was stolen from the washing line, or their budgie had fallen off its perch.
As for the reasons people lie in the first place, the most common reason was just to go home and relax (53%), followed by spending time with family (30%).
Just over a quarter of people said they left early to go to a job interview, 24% said they had snuck off to enjoy the nice weather, and 8% went on a date.
Uber commissioned the poll because it says it offers flexible working hours that many companies do not.
“This poll suggests many Brits want to have more control over their hours and with Uber you can do just that,” said Uber UK’s Fred Jones.