Why Employees Throw A 'Sickie'

According to research by Opinium general tiredness was the most common real reason for skipping work when calling in sick when they are not feeling poorly at all.

Opinium research carried out an online survey of 2,005 working UK adults aged 18+ from 30th January to 2nd February 2015.

Other reasons induced, staying home due to a hangover, staying up late the night before, had a job interview or due to bad weather. Londoners were also more likely to call in sick.

The most common excuse they told their employer was food poisoning, flu, headache / migraine or a cold.

However, 50 per cent of working UK adults say they have never called in sick for any other reason than being ill. This figure is even higher among those aged over 55, where 67 per cent they never thrown a ‘sickie’.

To access the full report, click here.

Mike Sandiford
Head of Partnerships
0207 193 9931

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