Flu, migraines and even recovering from surgery may not be good enough reasons to pull a sickie if you are phoning in sick for work.
A new study of 2,500 employers and employees across the UK has revealed that vomiting is considered the most acceptable reason to take the day off, with 73 percent of respondents saying it would make them retreat beneath the duvet, the Independent reported.
Diarrhea took the second spot, with 71 percent indicating they would rather not chance the journey to work. But feeling stressed or depressed seems to earn far less sympathy, both from workers and from bosses.
Inji Duducu, director of healthcare provider Benenden, which conducted the study, believes the statistics highlight problems in the way mental health is perceived at work. She said that there seems to be a clear lack of understanding from some employers in terms of employee well-being, noting that there is a strong commercial case for having a healthy and engaged workforce, yet employers are evidently ignoring the impact of an employee's physical and mental well-being on productivity, absenteeism and length of service.
The survey also suggests that older employees are less inclined to take a day off than their younger colleagues. The statistics show that 63 per cent of people over 50 haven't taken a day off this year, nearly twice the figure for those aged 18 to 24.
The study revealed that men are less likely to call in sick than women. But when they do, they're more likely to say it's because they are feeling tired, under the weather or hung-over. Perhaps some early nights are in order.