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When a temporary job staffing firm surveyed employees they sent replacements to cover, they found some interesting results about taking time off. Approximately one quarter of workers said they were willing to lie about a death in the family, an illness, or jury duty in order to avoid going to work. Twenty-six percent of workers reportedly used bereavement time in place of vacation and nearly half said they had called in sick in order to take the day off.

When those who did go to work were surveyed, the workers said they thought their colleagues who called in sick were faking it, 72 percent of the time. Many said they were “jealous” when a coworker left work early. Two-thirds of the workers surveyed said they felt their workload went up when other take time off work, and 44 percent said they had added responsibilities on those occasions.—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Many workers lie, call in sick, to play hooky; survey, by Brenda O’Brien, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-workers-hookybre8bl0bz-20121222,0,5084305.story, Accessed: December 23, 2012

Colossians 3:23 (ESV) Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

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