Today is National Sickie Day! Here in the UK, the first Monday in February is the most popular day to call in sick to work. And, today is predicted to be one of the biggest National Sickie Days too!

According to Employment Law Experts, an estimated 350,000 people phoned in sick on this national day last year. Thanks to lost hours, overtime and wages, this cost the UK economy around £45 million.

But why is it that people call in sick today more than any other day? Well, apparently, there is a number of different factors that contribute towards why today is the most popular day for calling in sick. First up is dry January. Finally, it’s over! And chances are, a lot of people went out drinking for the first time in over a month. And, consequently, are feeling the two day hangover.

But that’s not all, the Super Bowl also plays a big impact in the number of people calling in sick too. I’m sure more than a few beers where enjoyed whilst watching that too! Now, whilst many people may be in bed genuinely nursing an illness, or just a hangover, some people skive off work for an entirely different reason. To go for interviews!

According to reports, many people call in sick to work today in order to prepare for, or attend an interview. This is due to, whilst being off over Christmas, people have the time to re-evaluate their careers, and their lives! Consequently, this then leads to an influx of people applying for new jobs in January. Hence why so many people then go on to attend interviews in early February.

So what are the top excuses used to bunk off?
– “My only pair of work trousers is in the wash.”
– “It’s my dog’s birthday and I need to arrange a party for him.”
– “The dog ate my shoes.”
– “I got arrested.”
– “Lost my PPE.”
– “I stayed out partying last night and haven’t had any sleep.”
– “My friend is on annual leave so I can’t get a lift.”
– “I have no way to get to work.”
– “My wife earns more than me so I have to look after the kids.”

So what do you think of this? Did you call in sick today? What’s the best excuse you’ve ever used? Let us know in the comments below.


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