Gen Y said to take most ‘sickies’ off
Young workers chuck more fake sickies than the rest of the population, new research has found.
An online poll by the University of Melbourne found that 43 per cent of workers aged 18 to 24 had admitted to faking a sick day this year, compared with about 30 per cent for other age groups.
The survey of 1000 Australians also found full-time workers were more likely to fake a sick day than part-timers, and were also more susceptible to Mondayitis.
Unsurprisingly, people who fake sick days are less likely to want to bounce out of bed for work on Monday morning. They also account for about 45 per cent of those surveyed.
Melbourne University’s Professor of Management Peter Gahan said the research suggested people who are taking sick days were doing so because they were unhappy about something at work.
“We’ve got a significant proportion of people, just under half of those surveyed, who are unhappy at work,” he said.
“Managers perhaps need to be able to provide opportunities for employees to voice dissatisfaction, but they also need to be willing to find ways to be responsive to that.” AAP