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A survey absence management consultancy Direct Health Solutions (and reported in today's Australian Financial Review) suggests that the number of "sickies" has gone up slightly since 2008, when the same figure was 9.3 The numbers are based on a survey of 130 large employers, who estimate that 10 to 15 per cent of "sickies" are not medically related.
While the study extrapolated from its figures to suggest that sick days cost the economy $30 billion, that seems like an overreaction to me. If 10% of sick days are fakes, that means each employee is taking one extra day off work a year. That might not be very fair on their colleagues if they choose a busy period, but I don't think it suggests the complete collapse of workplace ethics.
Suffered from overwork with too many co-workers taking time out? Can't remember when you last took a sickie? Tell us in the comments.