Hooky not just for kids:

While 47% ad­mit play­ing hooky, 72% sus­pect co-work­ers of do­ing so.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Mitch Smith Chicago Tri­bune

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.

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