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« on: November 13, 2010, 12:54:31 PM »

Across Europe, more than 120 million sick days a year are actually taken for personal reasons rather than for an illness, according to Aon Consulting, an employee risk and benefits management firm.

More than one in ten people (15%) say the last time they took a day off from work as sick leave they were only feigning illness, according to the Aon survey of over 7,500 European workers. Additionally, 10% of people took their last sick day in order to look after a family member.

The research also found that the top five things which would encourage Europeans to take less time off work include:

Benefit of social days to take for non-medical, personal reasons (31%)

Provision of flexible working (27%)

Substantial cash incentive (25%)

Provision of on-site medical care (19%)

More interesting work (15%)          

The research found that the Spanish are the most likely to admit having taken a sickie (22%), followed by UK workers, the Irish (both 21%) and the Dutch (20%). The Danish (4%), the Norwegians (10%) are the least likely to have taken a sick day off from work under false pretences.

Peter Abelskamp, Director of health and benefits EMEA, at Aon Consulting commented: “Employers would be well advised to tackle the issues of sickness and workplace absence, as these seriously impact efficiency and hit their balance sheets.

“56% of workers say they would not feel forced to take a day as sick leave if they could just be honest and have access to flexible working hours or ‘social days. Of course employers should also not ignore the fact that 15% of people say that more interesting work would keep them in the office.

“The economic turmoil facing Europe has probably reduced the number of sick days taken, as 11% of people say the threat of redundancy would actually force them to cut down the number of days off for non-medical reasons. Perhaps not surprisingly, nearly a quarter of respondents say a cash incentive on top of their salary would also encourage them to come in to work.”
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