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Revealed: The best way to pull the wool over your boss' eyes when feigning a sickie

Published 01/09/2015 | 14:18

Flu is the ailment that bosses consider the most worthy of a sick day
Flu is the ailment that bosses consider the most worthy of a sick day

If you fancy a sneaky duvet day away from the office, you might want to think again before feigning a migraine as a new study has revealed the worst excuses told by employees trying to pull one over on the boss.

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The research revealed that just one in five employers believe a headache warrants a sick day, while only 23pc believe a common cold is reason enough to stay in bed.

Those hoping to fool their boss should feign back pain or injury, as they are some of the ailments that rouse the most sympathy from bosses.

Flu was revealed to be the most worthy excuse to call in sick with more than 41pc of employers counting it a legitimate reason to call in sick.

Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression garnered less sympathy than influenza, but 35pc of employers felt elective surgery was enough of a reason to miss a few days of work.

The study was carried out by UK insurance provider AXA PPP Healthcare, who surveyed more than 1000 business owners about their staffs’ sick day habits.

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"In many cases it is more productive for an employee to take a day off to recover from a spell of illness rather than to come into work, with diminished productivity and, for likes of colds and flu, the potential to spread their illness to workmates,” said Glen Parkinson of AXA PPP Healthcare.

While many employees dish their personal health issues to their bosses 23pc revealed they’d rather keep their health issues private, while 23pc also revealed they were afraid of being judged by their boss.

Mr Parkinson added: "Showing sympathy and flexibility when employees are unwell is crucial to maintaining a healthy and committed workforce, which in the long term creates a healthier business."

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Bosses answer: ‘What is serious enough for an employee to miss work?’

Flu : 42pc of bosses believe this is an acceptable reason to miss work

Back pain: 38.5pc of bosses believe this is an acceptable reason to miss work

Injury called by accident: 38.2pc of bosses believe this is an acceptable reason to miss work

Stress: 35.4pc of bosses believe this is an acceptable reason to miss work

Elective surgery: 35.2pc of bosses believe this is an acceptable reason to miss work

Depression: 34.5pc of bosses believe this is an acceptable reason to miss work

Anxiety: 25.4pc of bosses believe this is an acceptable reason to miss work

Common Cold: 23.8pc of bosses believe this is an acceptable reason to miss work

Migraine: 21.7pc of bosses believe this is an acceptable reason to miss work

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