Confused.com Reveals That a Third of UK Workers Admit Pulling a Sickie
CARDIFF, September 17, 2012
CARDIFF, September 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Confused.com has revealed more than a third of workers (35 per cent) admit
having lied to their boss about the reason they have missed work. Popular
excuses workers use to pull the wool over their employer's eyes include flu,
stomach aches, diarrhoea and bad backs. However, the astonishing number of
people who still go into work when they are actually unwell implies a
dangerous culture of 'presenteeism'.
The poll of 2,000 UK workers also reveals the top five professions where
people are more likely to make up an excuse to their boss about missing work.
These are call centres (54 per cent), utilities (47 per cent), the voluntary
sector (45 per cent), health (43 per cent) and fashion and design (42 per
Meanwhile it also highlights the regions where workers fib the most too. These
are East Anglia (40 per cent), the East Midlands (38 per cent), the North East
(37 per cent) Yorkshire and the Humber (37 per cent), and the South East (37
Despite many employees making up excuses to have a day off, many more still
soldier on and go in to work despite feeling unwell. More than half (55 per
cent) of people polled said they had gone into work when they felt too ill to
do so because they were worried about what their boss or colleagues would
Confused.com is warning UK workers to consider what protection they have in
place in case long-term illness does strike. Matt Lloyd, Head of Life
Insurance at Confused.com , said: "Our research suggests that the culture of
turning up to work ill is more of a threat than 'pulling a sickie'. It is very
worrying that workers are not prioritising their own health and feel that they
cannot take a day off sick when they are genuinely unwell."
Matt Lloyd continued: "With many people experiencing a lack of job security
over the last few years, it's a really important time to think about
protection products, such asincome protection and critical illness cover,
especially if you have dependents such as children or you have regular
payments to make such as a mortgage."
The research also shows that women are more likely to worry than men about
taking time off sick - 64 per cent say they have been into work when they felt
ill because they were afraid their boss wouldn't believe them. Nearly half (47
per cent) of men said the same thing.
More than one in 10 workers in the UK has missed work due to a hangover,
according to the study. People from the North East are most likely to miss
work after a heavy night out - 15 per cent of workers polled from the region
said they had missed work because they were hungover.
Other common reasons why people had missed work include simply staying in bed
to catch up on sleep (10 per cent).
About Confused.com: Confused.comis one of the UK's biggest and most popular
price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it generates over one million
quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the
last couple of years to include more specialised insurances such as cheap car
insurance for women , holiday home insurance and whole life insurance
.Confused.com's service is based on the most up-to-date information provided
by UK suppliers and industry regulators.
Confused.com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London
Stock Exchange in September 2004. Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.
PR Contact:Sarah Wenham Confused.com press office Friary House Greyfriars Road
Cardiff CF10 3AE +44(0)2920-434275 http://www.confused.com
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