Survey reveals ‘the truth’ about sickies


Sick days are part and parcel of working life, but as any catering equipment firm knows they can have a destructive impact on business if sufficient cover is unavailable.

One office space supplier with a sneaky suspicion that not all sick days are what they might seem at first decided to take it upon itself to poll the nation’s workers.

It carried out a survey asking more than 2,000 people in the UK to come clean on the real reasons behind thousands of Oscar-winning, gravelly-voiced renditions of the “there’s no way I can make it in today” call to their bosses.

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Here’s its rundown of the real reasons why staff might pull a fast one:

1. To go to a job interview elsewhere
31% of respondents said they had called in sick in order to attend a job interview, with people in the South West stating this as being the number one reason above all others for having a sick day.

2. I had a hangover
26% of respondents have taken a sick day because of a hangover, with respondents from the North West most likely to succumb to a booze induced day off, closely followed by Londoners and Scots.

3. To watch a major sporting event
11% of respondents have pulled a sickie to watch a major sporting event, with 18-24 year olds from the North East being the most dedicated fans in the nation.

4. It’s nice weather outside
As good a reason as any, especially according to survey respondents from the West Midlands, who don’t need any convincing that topping up the tan is more than enough reason for a bunged up call to the boss.

5. It’s Monday
Simply the fact it’s a Monday is the fifth most popular reason for pulling a sickie. Monday must be getting a real complex, especially following a survey by ITV earlier this year stating that the first Monday of February emerged as ‘national sickie day’, with workers struggling under the weight of credit card bills, a long wait until the next holiday and wintry weather.

6. I just got dumped by someone in the same office
Crying into photocopiers is not a good look, so maybe a sick day in this situation is the only option left.

7. I was preparing for a big date
Survey respondents have shown that love is more important than work, with the South West of England being the most likely to put romance before reports.

8. I had a bad haircut
It appears the UK is particularly bothered about appearances, so much so that a bad haircut is enough to conjure up the biggest lie you can think of and call in sick day.

9. It’s the last day of the sales
The UK is not going to let work get in the way of a good bargain. Sure, it’s not as big a priority as some of the other reasons on our list, but the last day of the sales still features as a sneaky truth behind UK wide sick day statistics.

10. Woke up with a huge spot on the face
Bringing up the rear is a bit of a yucky one — the tenth most likely reason for someone to call in sick on the list is due to having a huge spot on their face.

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