Chuck­ing a sickie’s an epi­demic

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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.

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