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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Nov 21, 2019.
UK workers 'pull sickies to avoid going to work'
Bears .... woods .....
In days gone by you had to get a sick note from your doctor to prove your sick. Now you self authenticate and don't have to prove sickness,no matter what the consequences are to your employer.
As to being 'English is not new, but often its claimed as a British malaise.
The fact we do it more often points to the ease of doing so, and the lack of desire to work in some cases.
Love it. The article also reports workers stealing and sexual harrassment but headlines throwing a sickie? Morals indeed!
I always thought that the expression "pull/throw a sickie" was an Australianism with "call in sick" being its proper British equivalent. The TV soap "Neighbours" has plenty to answer for, including the widespread adoption here in recent decades of "uni" as a colloquial abbreviation of "university".
I started work in 1987 and didn't need a sick note for the first week. Don't think that has changed in 32 years.
I like to think we do it more because we are rebels.
I've been known to throw a sickie or two when I fancy a day off. Indeed, I work when I am ill so I can enjoy a day off when I'm not.
Of course you should take a day off in lieu if you work when you're ill.
I'm reminded of the story of the bloke who turned up late for work then left early. When the boss asked where he thought he was going, he replied "Home. Well I didn't think you'd like it if I was late twice in the same day..."
Only if your employer pays you. Otherwise is no pay for 3 days and then SSP
When I was self-employed I had workers on my books, It was a pain in the rear when they took a sickie. Usually when there was some graft involved. I often had to do the job on my own and in some cases lost a contract or it was late finishing.
The full report discussed the fact that younger workers are more likely to complain if a man touches a woman on the back, whereas older ones might not see this as sexual harassment, or believe that it is any worse to 'pat on the back' an employee of a different gender.
Though very few teachers I know/knew have ever taken a sickie. Would most of you say the same, I wonder? I have seen teachers turn up, work all day and then do extra tasks when they arguably look far too ill, and on the odd occasion teachers do call in sick, they set work/follow up on emails, which most people doing other jobs don't seem to bother with.