MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ - A new survey titled "Sick or
Tired?" found that 54 per cent of employed Canadians readily admit that
they have called into work sick when they actually were not sick. And
of those who said that they have faked being under the weather to avoid
working, the majority - 65 percent - stated that they have done so
because they felt stressed or burned out.
The survey, conducted on behalf of Kronos Incorporated by the Angus Reid Forum, found that while a large percentage of
Canadians admit to playing hooky from work, there are marked
differences in responses across the provinces. While 60 per cent from
Ontario who are currently employed admitted that they have faked
calling in sick, 49 per cent of respondents from Quebec and 49 per cent
from western Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and
Saskatchewan) admitted to doing the same.
Respondents from Ontario were most likely to blame taking a fake sick
day on feeling stressed or burned out (78 percent). While 69 per cent
of respondents in western Canada agreed to the same, only 40 per cent
from Quebec stated stress or burn-out as a reason for calling in sick
when actually not being sick.
Other leading reasons that working Canadians across all provinces cited
for calling in sick when they actually were not include:
Need to care for a sick child (35 per cent)
Workload that is too heavy (13 per cent)
Insufficient paid vacation days (12 per cent)
Less common reasons stated were workload that is too light; having
tickets to a sporting or entertainment event that took place during
working hours; bad weather; caring for a sick pet; and simply having
better things to do.
Spiros Paleologos, vice president of operations, Kronos Canada
"The Kronos "Sick or Tired?" survey demonstrates an alarming trend, as
unplanned absences impact the business bottom line. When lost
productivity and other operational expenses tied to employee absences
are considered, the cost of absenteeism can impact as much as one-third
of overall payroll costs. Canadian organizations representing all
sectors need to urgently adopt techniques to more effectively manage
unplanned employee absences."
From April18 to April 19, 2013 an online survey was conducted among 766
randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists
who are currently employed, including 416 who have called in to work
sick. For those employed, the margin of error — which measures sampling
variability — is +/- 3.5%, 19 times out of 20, and is +/- 4.8%, 19
times out of 20 for those who have called in sick. The results have
been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender, and
region (and in Quebec language) Census data to ensure a sample
representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies
in or between totals are due to rounding.
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