Gen Y said to take most ‘sick­ies’ off

Kalgoorlie Miner - - BUSINESS - Syd­ney

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

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