Between The Great Resignation and “quiet quitting,” it’s clear Americans are reconsidering their work/life balance. Now, a new report shows that some are using Google to figure out how to get out of work.
Research shows that the volume of Google searches for valid excuses to miss work has risen dramatically percent over the last few years. Back in 2018, 355,890 people were asking the Internet for an excuse; in 2022, that number has risen to 3,857,860 — a ten-fold increase.
Obviously, people have been using less-than-true excuses to get out of work since the beginning of time; this isn’t a new phenomenon, by any means. However, as more and more employees skip out on work to catch up on life and health, corporate America may need to face the music and make some changes. Other countries are a bit ahead of the curve, switching to four-day workweeks to give citizens a little bit of their lives back.