One in three staff take 'sickies'

Caroline Cassidy

When was the last time you called in sick? If you phoned your boss with some made-up excuse for not going in, you're not alone.

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Couple in bed asleep

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As many as one in three workers admit to taking regular 'sickies' according to a new survey.

Most of those who shirk work say boredom and depression with the job mean they can't face going in. Some needed time off to recover from a hangover, others wanted to enjoy a day of good weather, while a few admitted to skipping work to carry on an affair.

The favourite excuse was a stomach upset, with half of those surveyed saying they used it as it was hard to disprove.

Many used their pet as an excuse, saying their dog was sick or injured and needed to see the vet.

Younger workers are the worst skivers, with workers between 18 and 34 years old taking more sick days than their older colleagues.

British businesses lose an estimated £32 billion a year due to absenteeism, according to research by accountants PwC.

PwC's spokesman Nick Roden said coping with the pressures of family life was an important factor in many sick days.

He added: "For 21 per cent of workers, family responsibilities are the real reason behind sick days, perhaps highlighting the difficulties staff face achieving a work-life balance."

Why do you take sickies? Or perhaps it annoys you that your boss doesn't believe you when you're genuinely not well? Leave a comment below...