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Saturday 10 December 2016

Stress not seen as valid excuse to take sick day

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Only 17pc thought mental health issues were a valid reason for sick leave
Only 17pc thought mental health issues were a valid reason for sick leave

A new study has revealed that stress is not a valid excuse for a sick day.

We've all woken up on a Monday morning with an unbearable cold or splitting headache, and the thought of a day in work is too much to bear.

But not all excuses for pulling a sickie are equal, it seems. A new study of 2,500 employers and employees across the UK has revealed that vomiting is considered the most acceptable reason to take the day off, with 73pc of respondents saying it would see them stay in bed. Diarrhoea came a close second, with 71pc.

But feeling stressed or depressed seems to earn far less sympathy, both from workers and from bosses. Only 17pc thought mental health issues were a valid reason for sick leave.

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