One in four staff plan time off sick with the New Year ‘blues’

first_imgOne in four staff plan time off sick with the New Year ‘blues’On 1 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Sixout of 10 workers thought they were likely to have a day off sick last month,with more than one in 10 planning to call in sick even when there was nothingwrong with them.Thestudy of 1,000 workers carried out for the Consumer Health Information Centreand the charity Developing Patient Partnerships found that nearly one in four(23 per cent) of employees were anticipating starting the year with the“January blues”.Atotal of 13 per cent admitted they were already planning to take a day off sickwhen there was nothing wrong with them, rising to more than a third (34 percent) of 16-24 year olds.Wherethere was genuine sickness, flu was the most common culprit for people takingtime off work (cited by one in three of those surveyed), followed by colds (23per cent), headaches and hangovers (13 per cent) and stress (12 per cent).Ina separate study, more than eight out of 10 employees admitted to faking anillness so they could take a day off work, while three-quarters of bosses saidthey called in sick when there was nothing wrong.Thesurvey of almost 1,000 employees by law firm Peninsula and payroll recruitmentspecialist Portfolio Payroll found two-thirds of those who took time off didnot feel guilty.Aquarter said they had feigned illness once in the past 12 months, more than athird had done so twice, 17 per cent three times and 7 per cent on more thanfive occasions.–Nearly two-thirds of finance directors don’t trust sick notes written by GPs,according to a survey by Reed Accountancy.Thepoll of 266 finance directors, asking whether they trusted sick notes, found 30per cent said they probably did not and a further 34 per cent definitely didnot. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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