According to the data published by Kronos, an average of UK, 43 per cent of adults admitted to calling in sick when they were not, though this figure rises to 65 per cent in the 16 to 24 age group and just 25 per cent in the 55 to 64 demographic.
Of those who had falsely claimed to be ill, the main reasons for doing so were stress, having to look after a sick child, having too heavy a workload and running out of paid leave.
Simon MacPherson, senior director of operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Kronos, said the survey provides a "fascinating look" at the issue of absenteeism both in the UK and around the world.
"Employers everywhere can learn from this survey - about the problem of absenteeism and the possible fixes - from providing more flexible working arrangements to enabling employees to work from home," he added.
However, according to a recent XpertHR survey, there has been a gradual reduction in absence levels since 2006, with an average of four per cent of working time being lost five years ago, to just 2.8 per cent last year.
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Posted by Richard Esquilant
Source: The Sales Director News