More holiday unlikely to prevent unauthorised absence

Offering more holiday to employees is unlikely to prevent staff from taking unauthorised days off.

Just 19% of respondents to the Kronos Summer absence survey 2007 said that this would prevent them from taking a ‘sickie’. Just under half (43%), meanwhile, said that the introduction of flexi-time would discourage them from doing so, while 38% felt that offering duvet days would have the same effect.

Almost a quarter of staff (24%) admitted that they called in sick to work to enjoy a day off, with 14% having planned to do so. One-in-five respondents (22%), meanwhile, said that unauthorised absence increases stress levels in the workplace

Not surprisingly, Monday (47%) and Friday (47%) were the most popular days for employees to call in sick.

Six-out-of-ten (62%) respondents who have called sick claimed that they needed to take a mental health day, while 29% said it was because of a heavy workload. Some 14% of respondents said that they did so when they ran out of paid leave and 4% have taken time off to watch a major sporting event so far this year.

Almost two thirds (62%) of those who admitted to taking a false sick day spent their day off watching television and 57% stayed in bed.