Employees admit to calling in sick to work when they were not sick
A global survey commissioned by The Workforce Institute™ at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by Harris Interactive, reveals that employees in Australia, Canada, China, France, Great Britain, India, Mexico, and the U.S., have all, to varying degrees, played hooky – called in sick to work when they were not actually sick.
• Significant numbers of employees around the world admit to calling in sick to work when they were not actually sick.China led all other surveyed regions with 71 percent of employees admitting to calling in sick when they were not actually sick. France had the smallest number with only 16 percent. Other countries polled included India with 62 percent, Australia with 58 percent, Canada with 52 percent, the U.S. with 52 percent, Great Britain with 43 percent, and Mexico with 38 percent.
• When asked why they have ever called in sick when they were not actually sick, the overwhelming response in every region was that employees felt stressed/needed a day off: 71 percent in Canada, 62 percent in the U.S., 60 percent in China, 57 percent in Great Britain, 53 percent in France, 51 percent in Australia, 46 percent in Mexico, and 44 percent in India. Other reasons selected included needing to take care of a sick child, having too heavy a workload, and not having enough paid leave.