Chucking a sickie’s an epidemic
ALMOST half of Australians taking sick leave are actually chucking a sickie, according to new research.
Seeing family, taking a long weekend, visiting friends and recovering from a hangover were among the top reasons given.
Concerns have also been raised about the huge number of workers not using their annual leave entitlements, with an estimated 110 million days a year in unused leave.
The survey of 500 workers across Australia, by software company TSheets, found only 52 per cent of workers taking sick leave were genuinely ill, and 40 per cent have chucked a sickie.
Other reasons for chucking a sickie included to save up annual leave, to go for a job interview, to enjoy a day at the beach, to attend a sporting event and to work for someone else.