Have you ever ‘Pulled a Sickie’?

What do you do when you’ve used up all your annual leave but need a day or two’s extra break?

A survey of over 2000 people by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk found that 69% would consider faking an illness, with December being the most likely month in which to do so, and on average they would take six days off! More than a third of British parents pull sickies to spend time with the kids, and when asked what they had done instead of going to work, they most commonly spent time watching films (31%), having a family day out (27%) or visiting family (24%).

1. To go to a job interview elsewhere, with people in the South West stating this as the number one reason for having a sick day

2. To nurse a hangover, with those from the North West most likely to succumb to a boozeinduced day off, closely followed by Londoners and Scots

3. To watch a major sporting event, with 18-24 year olds from the North East being the most dedicated fans in the nation

4. To enjoy the sun, with those in the West Midlands needing little convincing to enjoy a sunny winter’s day.

5. Because it’s Monday, especially among 18-24 year olds in the East of England. In fact, the first Monday in February is the busiest day for being off sick as workers struggle under the weight of festive credit card bills, wintry weather and the next holiday seeming far away

6. Because I was dumped by someone in the same office, especially popular with 25-34 year olds and the over 65s

7. To prepare for a big date, with the South West of England being the most likely to put romance before reports

8. To hide a bad haircut, with18-24 year olds in London most likely to use this ruse to protect their pride during the party season.

9. Because I woke with a huge spot on my face.‘Taking a sickie’ is a common phenomenon in the UK, according to Work & Coaching Psychologist David Dean (www.brightsparkscoaching.co.uk). Sickness absence accounts for 4% of working time and costs the UK economy £12 billion pounds annually. ‘While no-one would want to push anyone into work if you are ill or contagious, evidence suggests there are four key factors involved in ‘pulling a sickie’. They are a lack of job satisfaction, gender (men are less likely to be absent than women) poor involvement in the decision making process of your job, and your attitude to the business and your work,’ says David. ‘If your job is satisfying, you love what you do, believe in the vision of the company and have a great attitude to your work, sickies are unlikely to happen to you.

To avoid your potential for sickies, he suggests:
• Look at re-designing your job i.e. more flexibility, promotion possibilities and seeking recognition of your great work through salary or other rewards.
• Help your line manager or staff teams be more engaged with what they do and how they do it. People are then less likely to let down team members by dumping extra work on them through their absence.
• A quarter of European employers now offer incentives to staff to take fewer sick days through vouchers and bonuses to help those wavering under their duvet. Tip the balance in favour for going into work.
From a personal perspective try to get involved in your job, seek out new opportunities in the role and being more proactive will help you focus upon upon getting the job done and most of all being happier in the workplace.