Now, we’re not saying you would pull a sickie, because we know you’re not like that. But hey it’s always good to know the most believable excuses just in case a friend ever asks if you’ve got some good excuses.
UK healthcare provider Beneden recently polled 2,500 employers and employees within the UK and found out the most worthy excuse that’s sure to get your boss playing the tiny violin of sympathy, and get you a day off.
Sorry we mean your friend who asked for an excuse, of course.
Coming in at number one is of course vomiting, with 72.9% of respondents claiming that it’s the most legitimate reason to stay home. Obviously the second choice is diarrhoea with 71% naming it the most worthy cause. Finally we get to the risky excuses near the halfway point. Just 58.1% said the flu was a good reason, 53.2% saying the sick bug and only 36.5% saying a migraine.
Although sometimes after a wild midweek party you might think taking a sickie is a good plan, but the survey mainly focuses on the lack of awareness for stress, depression and other mental illnesses which often don’t get real sympathy or understanding from employees.
Inci Duducu, director of Benenden told The Independent:
There is a strong commercial case for having a healthy and engaged workforce, yet employers are evidently ignoring the impact of an employee’s physical and mental well-being on productivity, absenteeism and [length of service].
Healthcare company AXA PPP conducted research that shows plenty of employers don’t think that stress, anxiety or depression are “serious” reasons to take a day off. Furthermore, 39% of respondents said they’d not admit to stress when calling in to take a day off.
As we start to move closer into winter, many people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), so it’s important to start talking about such a relevant issue.
Dr Mark Winwood, the Director of Psychological Services for AXA PPP told the Daily Mail:
Many people don’t consider SAD to be a real form of depression due to its seasonal nature. But the symptoms and feelings that people experience are very real and just as severe as other types of depression. SAD presents most commonly in women and occurs from October through to January.