We all know that feeling: you’ve woken up on a Monday morning with an unbearable cold or splitting headache, and the thought of a day in the office is too much to bear.Your boss won’t believe on the every reason that you give.
A new study of 2,500 employers and employees has revealed that vomiting is (understandably, perhaps) considered the most acceptable reason to take the day off, with 73 per cent of respondents saying it would make them retreat beneath the duvet. Diarrhoea came a close second, with 71 per cent indicating they would rather not chance the journey to work.Only 17 per cent thought mental health issues were a valid reason for sick leave – only slightly more than the percentage who would call in sick only if they had to go to hospital.The survey also suggests that older employees are less inclined to take a day off than their younger colleagues. The statistics show that 63 per cent of people over 50 haven’t taken a day off this year, nearly twice the figure for those aged 18 to 24.
Researchers found staff are much more likely to lie if they need time off for mental health issues than they are for physical health problems.
Less than half the workforce would tell their line manager they were calling in sick because of stress, anxiety or depression, according to the survey.
By contrast, more than 80% would feel comfortable asking for time off because of flu, being injured in an accident or back pain.Says Mirror