It's no big revelation that Australians are fond of taking the odd sickie, but what drives us to do that? A recent survey suggests that stress might be just as common a reason as slackness.
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The Kronos Global Absence Survey (which covered 6,153 people) found that 58 per cent of Australians said that they had taken a sickie when they weren't actually ill, but that the most common reason for needing a day off was workplace stress, followed by looking after a sick family member. You could argue that stress is itself a form of ill-health, and it's also possible that no-one wanted to say to the survey taker "I just felt like slacking off". What reasons have driven you to take a sickie?