Burning Questions: Is it ever acceptable to take a sickie from work?

News Shopper: Have you ever been tempted to call in sick and have a duvet day rather than go into work? Have you ever been tempted to call in sick and have a duvet day rather than go into work?

TODAY we’re asking whether you think taking a sickie from work is ever acceptable.

Figures last year from PricewaterhouseCoopers showed sickness absence was costing UK organisation almost £29 billion.

British workers were found to have been taking more than four times as many sick days than others around the world. The UK average of 9.1 days per year was double the US and quadruple that of the Asia Pacific region.

Technology companies reported the lowest level of sickness among staff.

Other figures from the CBI claimed one in eight sick days were “non-genuine”, and a fifth of UK employers believed staff “took sickies as an occasional perk”.

Do you think it’s ever valid for someone to take a sick day when they’re not actually ill? Have you ever pulled a sickie yourself due to being hungover or just not feeling like going into work? What excuse did you come up with?

If you’re too honest and upstanding to ever consider a sickie, what do you think of colleagues who do it? Should they get into trouble with bosses or have their pay docked? When someone phones in poorly at your workplace do you ever suspect they’re pulling a sickie or are you more trusting?

Do you get annoyed and feel put upon by colleagues’ sick days, genuine or otherwise, or do you just accept sick leave as a fact of life and know that the favour will likely be returned at some later date?

Add your comments below.

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9:37am Tue 18 Feb 14

cookster says...

On a side-note I wish people would take sick days when they are ill instead of acting the hero and coming into work, infecting the rest of the office with their bugs in the process.
On a side-note I wish people would take sick days when they are ill instead of acting the hero and coming into work, infecting the rest of the office with their bugs in the process. cookster
  • Score: 6

9:58am Tue 18 Feb 14

concerned.erith says...

cookster wrote:
On a side-note I wish people would take sick days when they are ill instead of acting the hero and coming into work, infecting the rest of the office with their bugs in the process.
Totally agree - I only get sick through the 'hero' struggling to work and giving all of us the lurgi!
[quote][p][bold]cookster[/bold] wrote: On a side-note I wish people would take sick days when they are ill instead of acting the hero and coming into work, infecting the rest of the office with their bugs in the process.[/p][/quote]Totally agree - I only get sick through the 'hero' struggling to work and giving all of us the lurgi! concerned.erith
  • Score: 4

10:13am Tue 18 Feb 14

mrnubcake says...

concerned.erith wrote:
cookster wrote:
On a side-note I wish people would take sick days when they are ill instead of acting the hero and coming into work, infecting the rest of the office with their bugs in the process.
Totally agree - I only get sick through the 'hero' struggling to work and giving all of us the lurgi!
I cannot agree more, if you have a nasty cold please for the love of god stay at home in isolation. It is also counter productive for the business as more and more people get sick. I do not understand why companies don't have a policy on this.
[quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cookster[/bold] wrote: On a side-note I wish people would take sick days when they are ill instead of acting the hero and coming into work, infecting the rest of the office with their bugs in the process.[/p][/quote]Totally agree - I only get sick through the 'hero' struggling to work and giving all of us the lurgi![/p][/quote]I cannot agree more, if you have a nasty cold please for the love of god stay at home in isolation. It is also counter productive for the business as more and more people get sick. I do not understand why companies don't have a policy on this. mrnubcake
  • Score: 3

1:15pm Tue 18 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

Yeah pull a sickie. How many people are there unemployed and how many people working there arses off for crappy wages. It's all out of wack. This is one sick society so If you don't wanna goto work then phone up, call a sickie and enjoy the time to yourself.
Yeah pull a sickie. How many people are there unemployed and how many people working there arses off for crappy wages. It's all out of wack. This is one sick society so If you don't wanna goto work then phone up, call a sickie and enjoy the time to yourself. white rabbit9
  • Score: 5

7:36am Wed 19 Feb 14

Citygirl83 says...

We have someone who often takes sick days and has openly admitted she wasn't ill.
What I don't like is the way I am made to feel quilty when I am genuinely ill and phone in.
the other bug bear is people who are ill, come in, complain but do absolutely nothing to help themselves like taking a cold or flu remedy. Don't moan when you could do something to help yourself!
Rant over!
We have someone who often takes sick days and has openly admitted she wasn't ill. What I don't like is the way I am made to feel quilty when I am genuinely ill and phone in. the other bug bear is people who are ill, come in, complain but do absolutely nothing to help themselves like taking a cold or flu remedy. Don't moan when you could do something to help yourself! Rant over! Citygirl83
  • Score: 5

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