Employee health | Today is 'National Sickie Day' - but is faking it the real problem?

Today is 'National Sickie Day' - but is faking it the real problem?

Today is the day when the highest percentage of employees call in sick worldwide, earning it the title of 'National Sickie Day'.

Research from Policybee found that the most common cover story for ‘pulling a sickie’ was having a sickness bug - whereas in fact most were actually suffering from a hangover and were at home resting in bed, instead of being at work.

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Comments (2)

  • Derrick
    Derrick
    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 2:44pm GMT
    For anyone working for a small business, a charity or through an agency , taking time off for anything is a serious decision as it often means not getting paid.
  • Ann McCracken
    Ann McCracken
    Tue, 5 Feb 2019 4:44pm GMT
    There seems to be some confusion here between a sickie/mental health/presenteeism. Pulling a sickie for a hang over is poor personal management. Presenteeism is going to work when unwell/infectious/exhausted. Poor Mental Health is significant psychological symptoms caused by personal reactions to situations, changes and/or ongoing diagnosed Mental Health condition(s).
    Emotionally intelligent managers who know their staff, manage such states very well, engaging with their colleagues and in return honesty can flourish. Managers with no such skills can force their colleagues to infect others, as well as feeling they have to be constantly available, which is certainly not in their contract..
    Perhaps the 5th February is the day most likely to be cold, frosty, icy, feeling impoverished after Christmas/New Year, feeling undervalued and missing sunlight - some of these we can change, some we cannot :)