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A third of animal owners shirk work for their pets

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A third of animal owners confess they’ve dodged work to pander to a poorly pet. According to a new survey, 42% of employees have lied to their boss and bagged a day off to attend to their ailing animal. One in three respondents admit that on their return to ‘full health’, they sneak off during […]

Pulling a sickie is costing the UK economy £900 million

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Research by HR software provider breatheHR reveals the staggering cost of small business employees bunking off work – a whopping £900 million. The report found one in seven employees admitted to feigning illness, while some appear to be serial offenders, pulling a sickie on average three times a year. In the survey of 1500 British […]

350,000 Brits to call in sick on National Sickie Day

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Recent UK productivity improvements may well take a tumble today on what’s become colloquially known as National Sickie Day. The Employment Law Experts predict that approximately 350,000 people will call in sick, costing the economy around £45 million in wages, lost hours and overtime. Online accounting software company FreeAgent – which provides software for freelancers, micro-businesses and their accountants […]

“My dog is lonely” – UK bosses reveal the most ludicrous reasons given by employees calling in sick

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Just in time for National Sickie Day on 6 February, UK bosses have revealed the most ludicrous reasons given by employees when calling in sick. The research conducted by Powwownow found that one in five (21%) employees in the UK are likely to give an outlandish reason for not coming in to work, compared with […]

UK employees more likely to pull a sickie in the first quarter

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With Blue Monday coming up on 16 January, morale is low across the UK. New research shows employees are more likely to pull a sickie in the first quarter (January to March) than any other time of year. A survey conducted by workforce management software and services company Kronos reveals 37% of Brits predicted that […]

Bosses don’t think the flu is a good enough reason to call in sick

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New research of UK SMEs from AXA PPP healthcare reveals a productivity dip when ill employees turn up for work, but bosses are dubious that the flu warrants time off. Nearly six out of 10 (58%) managers of British SMEs say productivity suffers when unwell employees show up to work and try to soldier on. Yet, […]

How clean is your office?

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As winter sets in, maintaining a healthy workforce is key for employers across the UK. From colds and flu spread by coughs and sneezes to cases of norovirus (an extremely infectious stomach bug), businesses should prepare for an increase in ailments during the colder seasons. Employees on sick leave, even for one or two days, […]

Experts warn office workers to be aware of their posture

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Paying attention to posture at work could save companies millions in employee sick days, says neck and spine authority NeckStar. Research has shown that back pain is one of the leading reasons for absence at work, with around three million individuals citing it as a cause for sick leave last year. Sick days cost UK […]

Survey shows the best time to pull a sickie

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There are days when you’re genuinely ill and simply can’t go into the office. Then there those days when you just can’t face a day at work and need to pull a sickie. Well, a new study by market research company Attest shows the best time to call in sick is Tuesday at 6.38am. The […]

Stress time bomb affects 1 in 4 UK workers

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A new report has revealed that one in four employees have taken time off work in the last year due to stress-related problems, a figure that has been described as an employee stress ‘time bomb’. The report, titled “Breaking the Cycle”, which has been published by health and wellbeing provider BHSF, warns that stress-related issues […]


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