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Unusual excuses for being late or absent from work

Have you ever been late for work? What was your excuse? Have you ever had to take a day off? Why? Lateness and absenteeism are growing problems in the UK, and they're hurting business.

According to recent statistics, there’s been a rise in the number of people who take days off. In fact, the average British employee is absent from work for 7.4 days a year. But surely Time the odd absence here and there can’t be that worrying, can it? Well, it seems it can. In fact, experts have calculated that it’s costing the British economy between £10 and £12 billion a year. That’s the equivalent of £666 per employee. And it's having a devastating effect with missed deadlines, lower morale among colleagues who take on extra responsibilities, lost business, and additional costs as companies have to hire and pay for temporary replacement staff.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (209) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month we’re looking at 15 useful phrasal verb commands. Plus, 10 words for talking about the cinema, 15 useful words for talking about the living room, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Jokes – jokes in English. • Technology – spy toys. • Grammar – gerunds & infinitives. • Practical language – agreeing & disagreeing. • Crime – street cameras. • Langauge – phrasal verb particles. • History – spies & spying. • Celebrities – Tom Cruise. • Body language – hand gestures. • Marketing – publicity stunts. • Cuisine – sausage with lemon potatoes. • Cinema – Breakfast at Tiffany’s. • Work – excuses for being late. • Life – key skills. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!