Sunday 17 December 2017

International Sickie Day: The worst excuses people used to get out of work today

A total of 38 per cent of the 1,600 people surveyed said that when it is cold and dark outside they would simply rather stay in bed.
A total of 38 per cent of the 1,600 people surveyed said that when it is cold and dark outside they would simply rather stay in bed.

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

The weather, a hangover, “needing” a lie-in; these are the more reasonable excuses recorded for people calling in sick today, other than actually being ill, on what has been dubbed “International Sickie Day”.

A shocking 69 per cent of the UK workers said they would be tempted to take Monday 2 February off, according to a survey by The Fine Bedding Company.

Last year an estimated 375,000 people called in sick on international Sickie Day in the UK, which business advisors ELAS calculated had cost British businesses as much as £34 million in lost productivity.

And what is the most likely reason for people staying at home? The weather. A total of 38 per cent of the 1,600 people surveyed said that when it is cold and dark outside they would simply rather stay in bed.

While the second most common reason in the top five sickie-excuses was genuinely feeling ill, the third was a hangover, most likely linked to celebrating the end of “Dry January”, the fourth was “just needing a lie-in”, and the fifth was feeling overworked or stressed.

The top five unreasonable excuses:

Claiming a child is off school.

Pretending to suffer a bereavement.

Having to attend a funeral.

Claiming the car has broken down and needing to wait for breakdown recovery.

Pretending to have incurred an injury such as a sprained ankle or wrist.

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