Lie to the boss? Watch it

Lie to the boss? Watch it

Lying workers beware: Employers here are keeping an eye out for those who tell a fib to get extra days off.

Some companies even have safeguards in place to catch workers who do so.

This was their response after a survey claimed yesterday that one in five Singaporeans lies to get time off for a vacation.

Top excuses - according to 1,000 respondents polled by travel website Skyscanner - include pretending that their holiday had already been booked (10 per cent) and calling in sick (9 per cent).

It is not easy to catch such lies, said companies which spoke to My Paper.

But some track how frequently employees use medical certificates (MCs) to take time off work. Others allow staff to visit only company-approved general practitioners.

"They can't just go to any doctor to ask for an MC," said Mr Chen Wen Gui, 48, manager of a construction company.

Bosses also said there are tell-tale signs that they look out for, such as workers making excuses for a day off just before or after a long weekend. Sometimes, they rely on other staff members to expose a lie.

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