Calling In Sick – A Few Statistics For You

I found a survey from interesting so I thought I would share some statistics from it:

  • 37% of healthcare employers say that workers call in sick more often during the winter holidays.
  • 28% of healthcare workers have admitted to “playing hooky” from work this year.
  • Sick days are spread out by quarter with 34% being taken in Q1, 10% in Q2, 30% in Q3, and 26% in Q4.
  • 14% of people are now using a text message to let their boss know they’ll be sick.
  • They had some great (and unbelievable) examples of the excuses used:
  1. Employee’s 12-year-old daughter stole their car and they had no other way to work.  Employee didn’t want to report it to the police.
  2. Employee said a refrigerator fell on him.
  3. Employee was in line at a coffee shop when a truck carrying flour backed up and dumped the flour into her convertible.
  4. Employee fell out of bed and broke his nose.
  5. Employee’s child stuck a mint up his nose and had to go to the ER to remove it.
  6. Employee had a headache after going to too many garage sales.
  7. Employee drank anti-freeze by mistake and had to go to the hospital.
  • 17% of healthcare employers said they have fired a worker for calling in sick when they weren’t.
  • 30% have checked up on an employee, citing the following examples:
  1. 80% required a doctor’s note
  2. 50% called the employee
  3. 18% had another employee call the employee
  4. 10% drove by the employee’s home


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