12 December 2016
The top 10 excuses to call in sick, from your boss

The dreaded time of year has arrived when people fall ill during the Winter months. The change of weather along with exhaustion and alcohol binging over the festive period is why many fall foul to the common cold.

Having the flu is the most believable excuse according to the latest research conducted by AXA PPP who surveyed 1,000 business owners, managing directors and chief executives about what they considered important enough reasons for a person to be absent from the office.

Flu satisfied four out of 10 bosses, followed by back pain and injury caused by an accident. Employers also took stress as a reasonable excuse, with depression and surgery such as hip or knee replacements narrowly behind.

Here’s the top 10 believable excuses to take time off work:

  1. Flu
  2. Back pain
  3. Injury caused by accident
  4. Stress
  5. Elective surgery
  6. Depression
  7. Anxiety
  8. Common cold
  9. Migraine
  10. None of the above

While mental illnesses such as stress, depression and anxiety were not viewed more or less kindly by managers, employees were significantly more likely to lie about non-physical health.

“Employers need to challenge this blinkered attitude, both for their own benefit as well as that of their employees,” said Glen Parkinson of AXA PPP Healthcare.

“In many cases it is more productive for an employee to take a day off to recover from a spell of illness rather than to come into work, with diminished productivity and, for likes of colds and flu, the potential to spread their illness to workmates.”

Mr Parkinson added: “Showing sympathy and flexibility when employees are unwell is crucial to maintaining a healthy and committed workforce, which in the long term creates a healthier business.”

Do you know where you stand regarding sick pay and time off? Read our recent blog here.



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