By The Editor
A majority of respondents to a new poll admit they’ve taken a sick day from work just to have a day off, with many believing it necessary to maintain their mental health.
A study for consultancy SHL found 63 per cent of all workers had “chucked a sickie” at some stage in their careers, but more interesting than this statistic is the reason why these workers used a sick day when they weren’t sick.
A third of them said they simply needed to take a day off to avoid exhaustion, anxiety and stress, or because they were feeling burnt out.
More than a quarter cited personal responsibilities (such as family emergencies and caring for children) as the reason, while nearly a quarter said they just wanted to avoid another day with the boss, and only 12 per cent admitted their real reason for skipping work is because they wanted to do something else like go to the beach.
SHL’s Stephanie Christopher said the findings related to anxiety and burnout often directly related to the relationship they had with their boss – those with positive relationships were less likely to use a sickie because they were more likely to feel guilty about it.
It all enhances the theory of employee engagement being the main reason for the results of a myriad of workplace statistics, including productivity and absenteeism.
Bosses who effectively engage employees are more likely to have an open line of communication with their workers, and deal with issues of anxiety and burnout.
How do you deal with employees who are dealing with burnout? We’re interested in your views.