Women Pull 'Fake' Sick Days Better Than Men, A Recent Survey Shows

Megan Greenlaw

Women are better a pulling off fake sick days, according to new research. However, when it comes to really being sick, women are more likely to slough it off and head to the office anyway. Men, on the other hand, tend to get caught when they fake it and stay home, but are better at keeping their germs to themselves when real disease strikes.

We all know "friends" who have over-exaggerated cold and flu symptoms to get a day or two off work. And while the hangover is the number one reason for taking a "fake" sick day, women are better at not getting caught for their mischief. How do they do this? Apparently, its not so hard. Women are more likely to stay away from Facebook and other social media sights and stay at home when they've called into work for a fake sick day.

Men, not quite as efficiently deceitful, are twice as likely to be caught than women.

Men, also, make up the majority of those who call in sick while nursing a hangover. Men make up 44 per cent of those who call in when recuperating from a night out, while woman make up 34 per cent, according to a recent survey.

Taking a sick day to recover from a night out on the town used to be something that just had to be done from time to time, but the recession has changed sick leave for many employees. Those who used to have a day or two of sick leave to spare to catch up on some needed Z's or family time are opting to head to the office -- even when they are really sick.

The Fiscal Times reports that companies may be shorthanded due to recession cuts, and far less sympathetic to employees who need a sick day. Many companies offer fewer paid sick days than they used to, since they are struggling to keep up with demands.

John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., a labor consulting firm, notes, "Having an effective leave policy is critical in preventing an office-wide outbreak of the flu.

"While sick employees may think they are doing the right thing by 'toughing it out' and coming into work when ill, the fact is they are only making matters worse."

The bottom line: When you're not sick, go to work so as not to use up valuable and diminishing sick days. But when you really are sick, stay home, and help stop the flu from spreading even farther. And no, drinking too many beers with the girl on Sunday night does not count as having the flu.

Have you ever taken a "fake" sick day?

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