Are we a nation of excuse-makers? CareerBuilder's latest survey of more than 5,000 human resources managers and non-HR employees suggests that is indeed the case.

CareerBuilder queried those folk on the subject of calling in to work to say "I won't be in today because…"

"While half (49 percent) of employees say they have a Paid Time Off program that allows them to use their time off however they choose, 23 percent of those workers say they still feel obligated to make up an excuse for taking a day off," CareerBuilder said.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.