Research from ELAS has shown that a combination of miserable weather, commuting in the dark, post-Christmas credit card bills and the long gap between holidays makes Monday, February 3rd the day that people are most likely to take some unofficial time off.
Reasons reported to ELAS by suspicious employers include the usual bugs and viruses that make the rounds at this time of year, but some far more elaborate excuses also appear. One woman claimed she could not come into work because she was trying for a baby and in another instance a driver failed to make it in because he was ‘over the limit’.
As a result of National Sickie Day, employers could suffer losses of close to £30 million in wages, lost hours and overtime as workers call in with short-term mystery illnesses.
ELAS head of consultancy, Peter Mooney, says: “With morale traditionally at rock bottom in the New Year, we always expect staff absence levels to soar. Meanwhile, more and more bosses have drifted into accepting text messages and emails as confirmation that staff will not be heading into work, making it much easier to get away with a duvet day.
“Our research shows that people are resorting to ever more outlandish excuses to avoid spending a day in the office. However, there are steps that businesses can take to mitigate high levels of absence and subsequent financial losses. It’s essential that companies have a clear absence policy in place before ensuring it is implemented properly and that disciplinary steps are taken, should the need arise.
“The policy needs to be clear and concise, supporting the notion of flexible working and working from home.”
Other far-fetched excuses on ELAS’ records include:
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