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Are your employees faking it?

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One in every five employees has faked an illness to get off work, with half feigning sickness three or more times a year.

More than 40% of employees surveyed by JobsCentral said they have called in sick because they didn’t feel like going into work, while 30.7% said it was because of plans outside the office.

A small percentage of employees admitted they faked an illness because they overslept (7.6%) or felt overworked (7.3%).

“A large majority of employees are honest when it comes to taking sick leave and few employers are so mistrusting of their employees to resort to invasion checks,” Michelle Lim, COO of JobsCentral Group, said.

According to the report, 77.7% of employers will check on the legitimacy of employees who call in sick, but 82.7% said they do so through medical certificates. Only 12.3% of bosses will personally call the absent staff member and 5% will get a colleague to check.

However, Lim said while the results show a mutual responsibility and trust between the employee and boss, staff members might not “tolerate working for managers that do not trust them” or those who are always suspicious of sick leaves.

The common excuses used to get a sick leave were headaches or giddiness (41.5%), diarrhoea or food poisoning (18.3%) and stomach cramps (10.7%). Those who are likely to feign an illness were also those who had less than fours years working experience or those who earned less than S$5,000 a month.

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