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Far out Friday: Older employees four times less likely to fake an illness

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HC Online | 22 May 2015, 08:31 AM Agree 0
Study shows over 50s are far more reliable than their younger counterparts, who see sick leave as “additional holiday” they deserve.
  • Charlie | 22 May 2015, 11:32 AM Agree 0
    I agree with the theme of this story. Baby Boomers and Gen X don't have that entitlement mentality that many younger workers have. But the RIAS suggestion that older workers don't chuck sickies as they fear for their jobs, and must be approaching retirement is frustrating. Why is it that, even in the face of our aging society, surveys and reports still talk about "over 50's" with the assumption that that particular demographic (anyone over 50) must be contemplating retirement. Data shows that as a society we are living longer and the government's own policies are forcing workers to remain in the workforce for much longer than ever before. I don't know many 55 year olds these days who are contemplating retirement. They are actually more likely to survive well into their 80's and 90's and are therefore considering that they will need to keep working and contributing to their superannuation for as long as possible in order to sustain a retirement lifestyle that could span 30 years or more. When will these survey results start to categorise demographics into realistic groups. Over 60's might be considering retirement, but I've not spoken to many over 50-60 year olds who feel that retirement is something they can afford. Additionally the assumption that they have to 'make a good impression' in order to keep their jobs is old fashioned nonsense and an insult - based on the thought that as you age you lose capability and become inferior... The government's own plans to force workers to stay in the workforce must be evidence that such an assumption is plainly false. Statements such as the RIAS's in survey results just seem out of touch and reduce the credibility of the report.
  • Janet | 22 May 2015, 12:20 PM Agree 0
    Charlie .... I couldn't agree with you more! Great commentary!
  • Helen | 26 May 2015, 08:30 AM Agree 0
    Very well said Charlie!!
  • Lea | 26 May 2015, 05:08 PM Agree 0
    Yes, well said Charlie.
    I think RIAS missed another point, and that's about values. Taking more time off than you need or entitled to is just not something a person with integrity does!
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