Not everyone using sick days is actually sick.
When it comes to calling out of work, workers will use a sick day as a cloak to mask their current being. From a mental health day, a hangover, to even a job interview, a new study revealed just how American workers are using their sick days for other reasons.
Jobs website Zippia recently conducted a survey of 2,000 American employees to find the reasons why people called out sick while seeing how they were going about their day after calling out. The study revealed that more than half of participants (52%) said they faked being sick to get out of work, with Monday being the most common day to call out. That makes sense considering a weekend could involve many extracurricular activities including drinking, which was one of several reasons why people used sick days despite not actually being sick.
Here are some other reasons why people have called out sick:
- Stolen car
- Taking a holiday not observed by company policy
- Chronic pain/health conditions
- Unprepared for the day
- Upset about work situations
- Home maintenance
- Attacked by bed bugs
- Accidentally overslept
- Wide range of specific issues relating to children (childcare, sick, etc.)
- Ride bicycles and drink microbrews
While there seems to be a certain kind of dance or etiquette when it comes to calling out, most respondents from the study said they called in less than six hours before work. However, 3% of workers let their boss know after they were due to arrive for the day.
Sick days have also been used to help others get ahead in the game — including landing their next job. Eleven percent of respondents said they’ve used sick days in the past to help find their next job.
While the conversation of using a sick day can be awkward, the state of how we use them will drastically change in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.