Here are the excuses you need to successfully pull a sickie

Here are the excuses you need to successfully pull a sickie
Ferris Bueller and Cameron would sympathise

Trying to dodge a day at work? That fake cough, strained voice and claims of a ‘migraine’ isn’t fooling anyone.

That’s seemingly the case – after it was revealed that only one in five bosses believe that a migraine is serious enough to justify a day off, probably while you’re tucked up in bed.

And those excuses will have to be ridiculously creative – because 37 percent of bosses don’t consider the likes of back pain, hip replacements and even cataract operations to be ample excuses for time off work.

The no-nonsense attitude of Britain’s bosses was discovered after healthcare insurance provider AXA PPP surveyed 1,000 business owners, chief executives and managing directors about their attitudes towards sick leave.

So what’s the best excuse? Saying you’ve got the flu, apparently.

But even then only 41 percent of bosses were willing to give their workers a day off for this reason.

But the study also offered an insight into mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression – revealing that sufferers of the condition were likely to lie about the reality of their condition, due to an unwillingness to divulge the truth to their boss.

We can all sympathise with this (Pic: Corbis)
We can all sympathise with this (Pic: Corbis)

There was also the issue of privacy too, with 23 percent of employees admitting that they preferred to keep their health issues private.

Encouraging bosses to be slightly more lenient in their approach, AXA PPP Healthcare’s Glen Parkinson said: ‘Employers need to challenge this blinkered attitude, both for their own benefit as well as that of their employees.

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‘In many cases it is more productive for an employee to take a day off to recover from a spell of illness rather than to come into work, with diminished productivity and, for the likes of colds and flu, the potential to spread their illness to workmates.’

He added: ‘Showing sympathy and flexibility when employees are unwell is crucial to maintaining a healthy and committed workforce, which in the long terms creates a healthier business.’

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1 September 2015 | 10:32 am – Source:


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