If you’re planning a sickie on Monday, you might have to come up with a better excuse than your co-sickies, an estimated 14 million of you!
Sick leave on the Monday following the Super Bowl is so common that it now has an official title, Super Sick Monday. There is, perhaps, no coincidence then that 38.5 million working Americans agreed that the day after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday.
In a fun survey from congestion medication provider Mucinex, a fellow member of the Kronos Workforce Institute, some great insights into employee behavior and absenteeism are revealed. Ring any bells for you?!
Some context into the findings of the #SuperSickMonday survey is laid out in this blog from Joyce Maroney, Executive Director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos.
Summary of #SuperSickMonday survey results
60% of employees in the US plan to call in sick or take PTO on Monday 5th February
Positively, 21% are likely to book time off in advance
Most common sickie excuses: fever (26%), sore throat (14%), headache (12%)
22% of US employees will come to work even if genuinely sick
53% of people who phone in sick were not sick the night before
Absenteeism versus presenteeism
Neither is good for your business. Unplanned absenteeism is expensive and hits performance. Presenteeism, the term dubbed for employees coming to work when not fit to do so, spreads illnesses, and can also often the starting point for employee burnout.