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One in Three Of Us in Yorkshire Have Pulled A Sickie

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8:13am 17th July 2014
(Updated 10:40am 17th July 2014)

Among the most popular reasons for why people pulled a sickie  in the region are having a hangover (25%), family responsibilities (30%), interview for another job (27%), bored at work (27%) and watching a sporting event (9%).

Illness is by far the most common reason given with 69% in the region using it as an excuse.

PwC’s research shows that sick days are costing organisations in the UK over £23bn a year, but a large proportion of the sick bill is preventable as people lying or exaggerating to take time off work is costing £9bn a year.

Rupert Hutton, director in PwC’s human resource services team in Yorkshire, said:

“The combination of better weather and major sporting events may mean that the temptation to lie to take time off work to watch sport is too much for some. Organisations could easily reduce the knock-on impact on their workers’ productivity levels by offering flexible working or allowing them to watch key matches in the office.”

Our research shows that when it comes to reducing absence levels, carrot rather than stick is the best approach. Having a flexible working culture can go a long way to breaking the cycle of people feeling that they are entitled to days off outside of their holiday allowance and encouraging better engagement. The change in law that means anyone now has the right to request flexible working should help more people achieve the work/life balance they need without impacting on organisations’ productivity.”

In Yorkshire & Humberside, most people (20%) said a flexible working approach is the measure that would most likely put them off from pulling a sickie, with 8% saying schemes such as health and wellbeing initiatives, would put them off pulling a sickie.


If you've never pulled a sickie - or have a sickie story to share anonymously - give me a ring on 01904 486598.

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