Posted 2nd February

Survey reveals how Brits took time off in 2017

By KBBDaily on 2nd February 2018 - 13:34pm
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A new survey by BrightHR has revealed how UK workers “took time off” – including taking sick days and holidays – in 2017, with Tuesday named the most popular day of the week to call in sick.

Not surprisingly, December was the most popular month for staff requesting holiday, while October was the month with the highest number of sickness days logged. According to BrightHR chief technical officer Alastair Brown, some of the “stranger” reasons given for not coming into work included getting a splinter and “having to fill in as someone’s birthing partner”.

Edinburgh was found to be the city with the highest rate of staff being late, with Brown noting that some “more far-fetched” excuses workers gave for lateness included “three employees blaming their lateness on a possible alien attack”.

“The data has given us some really interesting insights into sick leave in the UK,” said Brown. “One of the most surprising findings was that Tuesday, not Monday was the most popular day to call in sick with flu, food poisoning and migraines being the most common reasons for an employee taking sick leave on, what we now call, truancy Tuesday.

“From our findings, we can see that good absence management is imperative for a business as it can increase efficiency and reduce the impact of day-to-day staff absences,” he added. “The right absence management system can be used as a tool for a better connection between you and your employee. This will help create a working environment where staff are highly motivated and where they’re also able to be honest about any time off that they might need.”

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