Today is the day when most people are likely to pull a sickie – but why is today so popular for calling in sick?
What is national sickie day?
If getting through January has seemed like really hard work and you just don’t think you’ve got enough left in the tank to get through February, you are not alone. According to national statistics, today is the day when people are most likely to pull a sickie.
There are lots of reasons for this, and they don’t just involve the cold and flu bugs that do the rounds in winter.
The main one is that January simply sucks and finally getting your first payday of the new year means that most people will gone out over the weekend to celebrate. Then comes the realisation that it’s the start of February and you’ve got to go out and do it all again, and it’s all bit, well, much… So far so normal.
But one consideration that is being bounced around is that all the ‘New Year New You’ hype of January actually does make people re-evaluate where they are in life, and not just in the usual ways of health and fitness but in their career too.
Are they doing what they really want to do? Is their job fulfilling them? Very often the answer is no and that’s when CV’s are drawn up and feelers are put out about changing jobs. This is the week when most of those feelers result in job interviews, which could be one of the reasons why last year 350,000 didn’t come into work on the first Monday in February.
If you are doing something pro-active about changing your life for the better, we’d recommend being more honest and straightforward than this lot – we did some internet digging for some of the worse excuses ever given for throwing a sickie and these are our top ten:
1. I ate too much yesterday and I need today off to let it digest.
2. It’s too cold to leave the house.
3. I have low vitamin D levels and I need to get some sunshine.
4. My brain went to sleep and I can’t wake it up.
5. I don’t think my hamster is well, he seems a bit sluggish.
6. I had a one-night stand and I don’t know where I am.
7. A fortune teller told me I should stay at home today.
8. I woke up in a good mood and I don’t want to ruin it.
9. My 12 year-old daughter stole my car and I’ve no way of getting in.
10. I’ve got better things to do.
If you feel like calling in sick, you might just need a duvet day – here are some signs you need a cheeky sickie today.