Hooky not just for kids:
While 47% admit playing hooky, 72% suspect co-workers of doing so.
Nearly half of the workers responding to a recent survey admit to calling in sick when they weren’t, and 72 percent say they suspect their coworkers of doing the same.
Kids are notorious for faking fevers to stay home from school. A new study suggests their parents aren’t much better.
Nearly half the workers responding to a recent survey admitted to calling in sick when they weren’t.
Adecco Group North America, the temporary staffing company that commissioned the survey, didn’t say how many of those employees faked a cough and used a raspy voice when they phoned their boss.
Some hooky-playing workers get creative, the study found. Slightly more than onefourth of employees say they have gained vacation time by fudging on bereavement days. A similar number admit to doing the same by claiming to have jury duty.
Only 42 percent of the 522 full-time workers surveyed said they never lie to get extra vacation time.
About 72 percent of employees surveyed said they think their co-workers use sick days when they’re not ill, though only 47 percent admit to pretending to be sick.
Men are are more likely than women to falsely claim time off for bereavement or jury duty, according to the survey. About 34 percent of men, compared with 18 percent of women, said they have used a departed loved one as an excuse for extra vacation.
Meanwhile, about 40 percent of men and 11 percent of women said they abused time off for jury duty.
And if you’re conveniently plagued with a “sore throat” this week, you might find more sympathy from a male supervisor. Men are more than twice as likely as women to say three or more weeks of sick time in one year is reasonable.