If you're genuinely ill, you won't have a choice about when you take a sick day, but the not-exactly-ill 'sickie' remains a prominent element of Australian workplace culture. Research by one absence management firm (yeah, that's a thing) suggests that the most common day we take off sick is a Tuesday.
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Business Insider reports that analysis of data from Direct Health Solutions shows that Tuesday is the most frequent sick day, followed by Monday. Fridays are the least popular choice, apparently because they're a sociable day in the office. On average, staff tracked by DHS take 8.93 days of sick or carers leave a year.
Chucking a sickie on a Monday or Friday is a straightforward way to achieve a long weekend, though some workplaces will count all three days if you do that. Do you have a sickie management strategy? Share it in the comments.
Most Australians Take Sick Leave On A Tuesday [Business Insider]