40% of South Africans planning on “pulling a sickie” in June or July - survey

Unlike high school, adults don't always strive for a hundred percent attendance award in the workplace.

Even without a life threatening illness, some employees are known to fake health ailments and will come up with any excuse under the sun to stay away from the office for a day or two.

Pharma Dynamics polled 1 500 workers across South Africa to find out how people were gearing up for the colds and flu season. The study also highlighted participants excuses for calling in sick.

Read: 40% of South African workers plan to report sick this winter - Survey

Less than a third (30%) does so telephonically (probably as a result of strict company policy) and 7% informs work of their absenteeism via email.

Talk Radio 702 host, Azania Mosaka asked her listeners what their most popular excuses were for missing work and on which days they were likely to call in "sick".

I'm planning on taking sick leave tomorrow. I'm fine now but I'll be sick tomorrow.

Natasher, caller

I think the most used excuse these days is taking your children to the doctor.

Mpumi, caller

Listen to the rest of the open line here:


This article first appeared on 702 : 40% of South Africans planning on “pulling a sickie” in June or July - survey


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