14 Million Employees Planning a ‘Super Sick Monday’ Sickie
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?!
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.