Have You Ever ‘Chucked A Sickie’ To Get Out Of Work?

Be it because you’re hungover, need a holiday or just really not in the mood to work, most of us have taken a sick day off even when we’re not ill. In fact, 81 per cent of Australian full-time workers have faked sickness to get out of work at least once in their careers, according to a new survey. We suspect 19 per cent are lying.

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Destination Queenstown comissioned Lonergan research to survey 1005 Australians who were employed full-time aged between 18 and 39. The survey showed the average number of sick leave people take was five per year. For those who fake it, many feel like they deserved the day off with 66 per cent saying they feel ripped off for having a strong immune system and 32 per cent believing they work too hard and need a break.

Of those who claimed they have never faked a sick day *coughbullshitcough*, 39 per cent said they don’t want to let their colleagues down, 15 per cent were scared of being caught and 9 per cent don’t want to miss their work meetings.

So have you ever called in sick when you just wanted to take the day off? What excuse did you give to your boss? Conversely, how much do you hate it when a co-worker does the same thing? Let us know in the comments.

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