Nobody wins playing hooky
Survey shows huge percentage of employees admit skipping work
IT seems our workplace cycles are balanced around the school year. Therefore, September means back to school for all levels of students and back to “serious” work for employees.
The reason I use the word “serious” is summer is the time when most employees take a vacation, and to be honest, many employees also work at just a little bit slower pace.
While work life ramps up in the fall, so do the many people issues that come with leading an organization.
And, as with schools, one of the problems that arises is the issue of absenteeism. Yes, people legitimately become ill, especially when colds and fevers are passed from schoolchildren to adults. However, the bigger issue related to absenteeism is the concept of playing hooky.
No mistake, the issue isn’t related to our good old Canadian game of hockey! Instead, hooky is a rather unwelcome game in which employees are absent without permission or without an excuse. In fact, some employees simply disappear for days at a time. Unfortunately, absenteeism in the form of hooky is far too common and a lot more costly to organizations than recognized.
A recent survey showed more than half of employed Canadians (54 per cent) readily admitted they’ve called in sick as an excuse for simply not wanting to come to work. What’s shocking, however, is the fact 71 per cent of the survey’s Manitoban participants admitted they have played hooky from work. Approximately 83 per cent of this Manitoba group of employees stated stress and burnout as their reason for faking a sick day.