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Sick days costly for businesses

2 December 2011 - 3:14pm

Employers are suffering as a new survey finds that almost two-thirds of workers admit to taking a false sick day at some point in their lives.

Research by the workplace consultancy firm SHL found that "burn-out from long work hours and work pressures" was the reason behind 33 per cent of fictitious sick leave, followed by family problems with 27 per cent.

The desire to do "other things" and boredom also made the list of reasons, recording 12 per cent and 9 per cent respectively.

SHL national director Stephanie Christopher said the relationship a worker had with their boss related closely to whether or not employees felt they were entitled to a "mental health day".

"Ineffective management affects productivity in lots of different ways, including staff loyalty and motivation," she said.

Businesses wishing to highlight the importance of their employee's health may benefit from offering a corporate health insurance policy.

This type of incentive can work towards ensuring happiness, good health and increased productivity in the workplace.

False sick leave costs employers approximately $30,000 a year, according to a Direct Health Solutions survey.