Are your managers looking for a way to catch employees who play hooky and lie about it? Here’s the latest strategy:
Wait for them to brag about it online.
Last year, 33% of employees admitted to lying about an absence, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.
You can expect more of the same this year. And, fortunately for managers (and anyone who likes a good laugh), some of those employees will be stupid enough to leave incriminating evidence posted online where anyone can see it.
Here are some real-life stories of managers who caught liars red-handed with a little Web surfing:
1. A picture’s worth a thousand words
Kevin Colvin, an intern at Anglo Irish Bank’s North American headquarters, e-mailed his boss to tell him he’d miss work the next day because of a family emergency.
The following morning, the manager looked the intern’s Facebook page and found a picture taken at a Halloween party the night before. The snapshot was of Colvin dressed in a fairy costume, complete with a wand, skirt and glitter make-up.
What did the manager do? He replied to the intern’s e-mail, attached the incriminating and embarrassing photo — and sent a copy to everyone else in the office.
2. The wrong way to get a week’s vacation
Jenn Hoffman tells MSN.com a story about an employee she managed who claimed to have caught the flu while visiting her family and needed a week to recover before traveling home.
However, Hoffman logged on to Myspace and found this message from the employee to all of her contacts: “Back from Michigan. Called in sick to work ALL WEEK. Who wants to party???!!”
The company gave her a lot more than the week off. She was fired.
3. It’s a valid medical reason, right?
Kyle Doyle, a 21-year-old call center employee from Australia, decided to call out sick after a particularly rough night of drinking.
A young employee skipping work because of a hang-over is probably nothing new — but Doyle went a step further and used Facebook to reveal the reason for his absence. His profile that day read: “not going to work, f*** it i’m still trashed SICKIE WOO.”
His employer found the page and HR e-mailed Doyle asking for a doctor’s note — and attached a screen shot of his accidental confession.
What good stories do you have about employees who’ve been caught playing hooky? Share them in the comments section below.