Top reasons for pulling sickies – revealed

Top reasons for pulling sickies – revealed

It seems the nation has a raft of reasons for not turning up for work and when questioned on the matter for an anonymous survey, respondents were not afraid to divulge details of their dishonesty.

The number one reason employees call in sick is because they are going for an interview with another company, at least according to a poll of 2,000 employees by office space providers Flexioffices. Nearly one-third of respondents (31 per cent) cited this as the reason for failing to turn up to work, putting it at the top of the list.

While this may seem like a fairly good reason for not coming into the office – after all, you can hardly tell your existing employer you are searching for another job – some excuses are arguably less honourable.  

The dreaded hangover was cited by 26 per cent of employees who didn't make it into work and those in the North West were most likely to take a day off because of an alcohol-fuelled evening the night before.

Watching a major sporting event was cited by 11 per cent of respondents as a reason for pulling a sickie. The survey revealed 18-24-year-olds from the North East were most likely to be lured away from the office by their favourite sport.

Respondents also admitted to not going into work when the weather is nice and this was mainly cited as an excuse by people from the West Midlands.

The fifth most popular reason for taking a sick day was the simple fact of it being Monday. A recent survey by ITV showed that the first Monday of February was the most likely day to be taken off and has been dubbed 'national sickie day'.

New research conducted by PwC revealed that one-third of British workers have taken a sick day when there was in fact nothing wrong with them.

If you can relate to this, it may be that you are not particularly happy in your job. If this sounds like you, it may be time to make a change. You can contact one of our psychics who can offer careers advice that will point you in the right direction.

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