The excuses employers are most likely to believe when you call in sick

2015-09-02 Philip posted:

Employees shouldn’t expect sympathy from their employer if they get the sniffles this month and decide to stay home from work says a new survey.

Research from AXA PPP Healthcare shows that employers expect their staff to come to work and suffer through a common cold.

Only 24 per cent of employers think a cold is a good enough reason to stay off work, however full-on flu tips the balance, with 41 per cent of bosses saying they’d rather not have the sickly employee in the office.

In many cases it is more productive for an employee to take a day off to recover from a spell of illness rather than to come into work, with diminished productivity and, for likes of colds and flu, the potential to spread their illness to workmates.

Employers were particularly unlikely to accept mental heath illnesses such as anxiety and depression as a valid reason to stay at home, suggesting a lack of awareness of such illnesses in the workplace.

The unsympathetic attitudes have a knock-on effect on the confidence of their employees - nearly a quarter of the employees surveyed said that they would lie to their boss for the reason for their absence. This number shot up when employees needed to call in sick for mental health reasons. While around three quarters said they would be truthful about physical sickness or injury, such as back pain, flu or an accidental injury, only 39 per cent would tell the truth if they had to call in sick due to stress, anxiety or depression.

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