Brace for mass sickies this Friday

by Stephanie Zillman21 Jan 2013

The sickie. It’s the antithesis of productivity and the enemy of employers around the country. To the delight of employees, and groans of employers, this coming weekend will see Australia Day fall on Saturday, and Monday is therefore a public holiday.

Employers are encouraged to communicate a willingness to approve leave requests either side of the long weekend where possible, he said, as this will minimise ‘sickies’.

Psychometric testing company Onetest surveyed some 2,851 Australian graduate program applicants across a range of industries, and among their findings, identified a strong relationship between the rate of sickies taken and the dissatisfaction an individual had with the industry in which they work. “We found that participants who reported feeling dissatisfied with life were 48% more likely to ‘chuck a sickie’ compared to those who were satisfied with life,” Onetest head of psychology, Cherie Curtis, said.

Notably, employees in the environmental industry and marketing and sales professions reported taking the most number of non-genuine sick days, while employees of the defence industry reported taking the least number of non-genuine sick days.


  • by Sean Reddell 22/01/2013 10:31:46 AM

    If this is happening in your team consider it a sign of disengagement. It's a symptom of a deeper problem, that CAN be fixed.

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