According to a recent study by CareerBuilder, in 2013 alone, a whopping 32 per cent of workers called in sick when they were actually feeling fine.
In addition, 30 per cent of workers admitted to going to work when they were sick, in order to save their sick leave for when they are feeling well.
So it seems there is a new trend of not ‘wasting’ sick leave days on days when you’re actually sick…an interesting concept!
There has also been a surge in websites offering fake doctor’s certificates, which arrive on official doctor’s notepaper complete with a real stamp. Despite being completely false, with a disclaimer stating they are for “novelty purposes” only, they also offer a money-back guarantee if they fail to get you out of work or school.
So rather than going to a GP when they’re actually sick, employees are choosing to ‘save’ their leave and go to work instead – no doubt spreading their illnesses to others in the workplace – and then going to great lengths to ‘fake it’ when they’re not.
Deliberately abusing the sick leave system is condemned by most employers, as the system is there to support employees with genuine health problems.
What’s your take? How far would you go to fake a ‘sickie’?